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Wednesday, 8 February 2017
Page: 289


Senator SCULLION (Northern TerritoryMinister for Indigenous Affairs and Leader of The Nationals in the Senate) (14:03): The communities should have some confidence that the services have improved, because the administration of the choices of which programs you have and how you make sure you write those contracts on the ground has very little to do with the actual outcomes. The ANAO only deals with the bureaucratic process of selecting the programs and ensuring that those programs are on the ground. It makes very little commentary or evaluation of the success or otherwise of the programs on the ground. This is a historical document. Since then, Senator, you would know we have already released revised guidelines, we have given a stronger role to the regional staff in the network and we have established a strengthened Assessment Management Office. We have accepted those recommendations of the ANAO report, and they have all, by and large, already been adopted, because it was historical. (Time expired)