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Wednesday, 11 May 1994
Page: 636

Senator GARETH EVANS —During question time Senator Crane got very excited about what he suggested was a decline in the funding of Australian National—

Senator Robert Ray —Senator Campbell; you are absent minded.

Senator GARETH EVANS —If Senator Ray can work out who is who among that lot, he is doing better than I am. It is usually Senator Crane who gets excited after lunch, but in this instance it was Senator Campbell, who was getting concerned about what he saw as a reduction in the Australian National Audit Office. If Senator Campbell had looked at page 3.233 of Budget Paper No. 1, he would have seen an explanation for that in the following terms:

Outlays are expected to decline after 1994-95 reflecting the effect of carryovers into 1993-94 and borrowings to facilitate a restructure of the Office.

There have been some very substantial restructuring activities going on in the ANAO involving redundancy packages. This has been at the instance of the office itself; it has not been imposed upon it in a way that reduces in any way its capacity to carry out its function. Those one-off transactional arrangements have been working their way through the system and there is no ground for any assumption of which I am aware that—

  Senator Campbell interjecting

Senator GARETH EVANS —That is a matter of the fees that are payable for that. If Senator Campbell wants to pursue that further, he can go for his life in the estimates committee, as I am sure he will.