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Estimates: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee (water and sanitation programs)

Lee asks the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade how much funding has been cut from sanitation programs.

Senator RHIANNON: Moving on to issues to do with water and sanitation, how much funding has been cut from sanitation programs?

Mr McDonald: Nothing has been cut recently in terms of the budget allocations that were provided as part of last budget. Those allocations are still in place. In terms of the actual specifics, we can take that on notice and provide that to you.

Senator RHIANNON: Is there anybody here who has details of the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council and what state that is in following the cuts?

Mr McDonald: Mr Exell may be able to help; I am not sure.

Mr Exell: I am not familiar with the collaborative council, as you referred to it. I would have to take that on notice if there are specific implications for that support.

Senator RHIANNON: If you could take on notice please how much has been cut from the council, and what changes have resulted with regard to the work that they undertake. 

Mr Exell: Yes.

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