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FINANCE AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION REFERENCES COMMITTEE—REFERENCE

The Chair of the Finance and Public Administration References Committee (Senator Forshaw), pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved business of the Senate notice of motion no. 3—That the following matters relating to government advertising be referred to the Finance and Public Administration References Committee for inquiry and report by 27 October 2004:

 (a) the level of expenditure on, and the nature and extent of, government advertising since 1996;

 (b) the processes involved in decision-making on government advertising, including the role of the Government Communications Unit and the Ministerial Committee on Government Communications;

 (c) the adequacy of the accountability framework and, in particular, the 1995 guidelines for government advertising, with reference to relevant reports, guidelines and principles issued by the Auditor-General and the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit;

 (d) the means of ensuring the ongoing application of guidelines based on those recommended by the Auditor-General and the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit to all government advertising; and

 (e) the order of the Senate of 29 October 2003 relating to advertising projects, and whether the order is an effective mechanism for parliamentary accountability in relation to government advertising.

Question put and passed.