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Wednesday, 23 March 1994
Page: 2067

Senator CAMPBELL —My question is directed to the Minister representing the Minister for Finance and relates to the Centenary House affair and the financing of the Australian National Audit Office. On 3 March Senator Gareth Evans promised that the resources of the Auditor-General will be reviewed after the report of the inquiry into the Centenary House-ALP headquarters affair. As the inquiry was first agreed to by Senator McMullan at Estimates Committee D in November last year and previously called for by the Auditor-General in his annual report tabled here in the Senate on 28 October, will the minister confirm when the inquiry will commence and on what date it will report? Will the report be tabled in the parliament? What powers will the inquiry have to compel attendance of witnesses and what privilege will attach to their evidence? Will the inquiry commission an independent panel of valuers to determine a fair market rental and fair rent review of the ALP headquarters building?

Senator COOK —I will refer those questions to the Minister for Finance for reply in due course.