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Tuesday, 8 March 2005
Page: 213

Senator O’Brien asked the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, upon notice, on 23 December 2004:

(1)   By financial year, what funds have been provided to the Administrator of the Indian Ocean Territories for the development of an economic development strategy for Christmas Island and Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

(2)   What outcomes can be attributed to the funding.

Senator Ian Campbell (Minister for the Environment and Heritage) —The Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1)   No funds have been provided for the Strategic Plan for Economic Development in the Indian Ocean Territories (IOTs) to date. When funds are expended, they will not be provided to the Administrator of the Indian Ocean Territories who, in his economic development role, is leading the project on-island. These funds will be provided to the contractor directly from the IOT Services Programme.

(2)   No funds have been expended from the Programme to date.