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Question Without Notice No. 996 asked in the Legislative Council on 7 December 2017 by Hon Martin Aldridge

Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Answered on

DEPARTMENT OF REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT — COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTRES —JOHN CURTIN INSTITUTE OF PUBLIC POLICY NETWORK REPORT
      996. Hon MARTIN ALDRIDGE to the Minister for Regional Development:
I refer to a study into the community resource network commissioned by the Department of Regional Development in July 2015 and the subsequent report produced by John Curtin Institute of Public Policy.
(1) Does the minister intend to make the report publicly available?
(2) When did the minister first know about the report and has she read it?
      (3) Is there any anticipated crossover between the data produced in the John Curtin report and the terms of reference in the new CRC network review that has been commissioned by the state government?
      (4) At what cost is the new review of the CRC network being undertaken?
Hon ALANNAH MacTIERNAN replied:
I thank the member for the question.
      (1) Yes. I table a copy of the report. It does not appear to have been published by the previous government.
      [See paper 996.]
      (2) I was recently provided with a copy of this report and have been briefed on its key findings. I am advised that the evaluation was commissioned to inform the development of the business case for future funding of the CRC program but was not able to be used for this purpose as it took over 15 months to complete and by the time it was finalised a funding decision had already been made by the previous government.
      (3) The report findings will be considered in the context of the current review. But I note that the review did not look at the functions or locations of CRCs. I believe the department was very disappointed in the review, particularly as it provided very little insight into the cost of running a CRC.
      (4) Any costs of our future inquiry will be undertaken within the existing departmental budget.