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Thursday, 3 February 1994
Page: 326

Dr HEWSON —My question is directed to the Minister for the Environment, Sport and Territories. I refer the minister to her statement in the House yesterday that `there has been nothing to suggest any misappropriation or any misuse of funds' in the community cultural, recreation and sporting facilities program. I ask the minister whether she still stands by this statement in the light of the Australian National Audit Office submission to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Environment, Recreation and the Arts, dated 20 January, which states:

In the absence of any effective monitoring or control mechanisms, the Audit Office believes that the department has no way of knowing either the level of outright fraud—

and I emphasise `outright fraud'—

or the extent of the allocation of grants to purposes not approved by the minister.

Mrs KELLY —I absolutely stand by my statement. The additional submission from the audit office adds no new information. It made comments on my secretary's submission to the committee and I would like to table in this House comments from my secretary in response to the Auditor-General's comments.