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Tuesday, 16 November 2004
Page: 96


Senator O'Brien asked the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs, upon notice, on 1 July 2004:

(1) Has the Minister, the department, or any agency within the portfolio initiated any investigation in relation to the activities of the Charley Bear Foundation; if so, did a facsimile to the Minister in March 2004 requesting a personal donation prompt the investigation; if not, what did.

(2) Did the Minister direct, request or otherwise initiate the investigation.

(3) When was the investigation initiated.

(4) Which division of which department and/or agency conducted the investigation.

(5) What was the scope of the investigation.

(6) When was the Charley Bear Foundation informed that an investigation was underway.

(7) Was information sought from any Commonwealth or state department or agency as part of the investigation; if so: (a) from which departments and/or agencies; and (b) what information was sought.

(8) When did the investigation conclude.

(9) What were its findings.

(10) Did the Minister and/or the Minister's office request and/or receive a copy of the findings.

(11) What action, if any, resulted from the investigation.

(12) What was the cost of the investigation.


Senator Vanstone (Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Reconciliation) —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(1) No department or agency within the portfolio has initiated any investigation in relation to Charley Bear Foundation.

(2) and (3) N/A.

(4) The Foundation wrote to me requesting funding. In line with departmental processes, an officer from Field Operations Section of the Sydney office of ATSIS made contact with the Foundation to seek information so that a response to the Foundation's request could be prepared for my consideration. However, there was no investigation.

(5) and (6) N/A.

(7) No.

(8) to (12) N/A.