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Tuesday, 19 March 2002
Page: 1609


Mr Murphy asked the Minister representing the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, upon notice, on 13 February 2002:

(1) Does section 8 of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act state the duties of the Board of Directors of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

(2) Will the Minister ensure that the Chairman of the Board of Directors to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation is made accountable to the Senate Estimates Committee during the 40th parliament by the Chairman being available to appear before such committees if required; if not, why not.


Mr McGauran (Minister for Science) —The Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1) Yes.

(2) No. It is a matter for the ABC to decide who is best placed to explain the ABC's expenditure and performance to the Committee. Under s.78(6) of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983, except as expressly provided by legislation, the Government has no power to direct the ABC.