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Question Without Notice No. 447 asked in the Legislative Council on 9 May 2019 by Hon Colin Tincknell

Minister responding: Hon S.F. McGurk
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on

HARDSHIP UTILITY GRANT SCHEME

447. Hon COLIN TINCKNELL to the Leader of the House representing the Minister for Community Services:

I refer to the answer the minister provided to question without notice 302 asked previously. I am concerned about the accuracy of the answer provided. I accept it may simply be a typo, but I ask the minister to have the answer reviewed. Specifically, I draw her attention to the fact that the total number of hardship utility grant scheme applications approved is more than the number of requests made by 5 629. Clearly, this is incorrect. Second, the total grant requests made is stated as being 37 197, yet the figures provided add to 94 433. Third, the total grant approvals are listed as 42 826, yet calculate to be 90 466. The total value of grants approved is stated as $35 813 427, yet the figure we have calculated from the figures provided is closer to $36 872 634. These are considerable discrepancies. Can the minister please clarify these anomalies?

Hon SUE ELLERY replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

This question was asked originally on 11 April. I am advised that the answer is still current today. One of the figures the member stated is slightly different from the figure that I have written here. I will give him the answer and he can check whether he needs it to be further clarified. On behalf of the minister, I apologise for the incorrect information provided to the member as part of the response to question without notice 302. This resulted from an administrative error.

I seek leave to have the corrected answer, which is in tabular form, incorporated into Hansard.

Leave granted.

The following material was incorporated —

Month

Requests made

Requests granted

Value of grant approved

Jan-17

2,778

2,655

$1,051,824

Feb-17

3,009

2,902

$1,199,095

Mar-17

4,315

4,227

$1,806,925

Apr-17

2,594

2,547

$1,068,582

May-17

5,175

5,033

$2,054,824

Jun-17

8,337

8,125

$3,174,524

Jul-17

10,989

10,697

$4,020,042

Aug-17

6,697

6,640

$2,754,285

Sep-17

8,266

8,198

$3,238,007

Oct-17

9,693

9,541

$3,641,132

Nov-17

5,606

5,505

$1,974,872

Dec-17

5,723

5,568

$1,910,221

Jan-18

5,507

5,290

$1,962,417

Feb-18

1,316

1,183

$538,868

Mar-18

771

704

$351,161

Apr-18

438

406

$201,619

May-18

839

700

$342,684

Jun-18

759

606

$296,506

Jul-18

952

786

$414,330

Aug-18

1,303

913

$486,652

Sep-18

1,399

1,183

$637,854

Oct-18

1,087

943

$506,471

Nov-18

1,771

1,600

$845,104

Dec-18

1,453

1,298

$683,596

Jan-19

1,257

1,109

$590,930

Feb-19

1,002

895

$475,230

Mar-19

1,397

1,212

$644,879

Total

94,433

90,466

$36,872,634