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Tuesday, 7 October 2003
Page: 20759

Mr McClelland asked the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 21 August 2003:

(1) Has he received a report following a review of the operation of Part X of the Bankruptcy Act 1966.

(2) On what date did he commission the review.

(3) On what date did he receive the report.

(4) Who prepared the report.

(5) What was the cost of the review and the report.

(6) When will he make the report public.

Mr Williams (Attorney-General) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) Yes.

(2) I announced the review on 20 September 2002.

(3) I received the final report on 5 June 2003.

(4) The report was prepared by the Insolvency and Trustee Service Australia (ITSA) and the Attorney-General's Department.

(5) The cost of the review and the report was met within the existing budgets of ITSA and the Attorney-General's Department. Therefore, it is not possible to quantify the cost of conducting the review and preparing the report.

(6) When the Government has completed consideration of the report I will make a decision about its public release.