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Wednesday, 27 May 1987
Page: 3457

(Question No. 5275)

Mr Macphee asked the Minister for Communications, upon notice, on 2 April 1987:

(1) Is it a fact that the Auditor-General's efficiency audit report, dated 30 March 1987, strongly criticised Telecom for the inefficient management of its 27,000 motor vehicle fleet.

(2) What steps will be taken to ensure that Telecom acts immediately to overcome the deficiencies outlined in the report.

Mr Duffy —The answer to the honourable member's question, based on advice from the Australian Telecommunications Commission, is as follows:

(1) No. In his report the Auditor-General concluded that motor vehicle costs have been contained and have contributed to the Commission's improved results in recent years. The recommendations made by the Auditor-General called for reviews of existing practices in a number of areas and for the development of a national fleet information system.

(2) The Commission is undertaking reviews and other actions over the areas concerned. Some of these actions, such as the development of a national fleet information system, were already commenced and have been acknowledged by the Auditor-General in his report.