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Wednesday, 21 September 1994
Page: 1030


Senator COATES —On behalf of the Standing Committee on Finance and Public Administration, I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

  (1)That the standing reference of the Standing Committee on Finance and Public Administration on the central administration of the Australian Government be discharged.

  (2)That the following matters, referred to the Standing Committee on Finance and Public Administration on 22 March 1994, be transferred on 10 October 1994 to the Economics References Committee:

    (a)Taxation of financial arrangements—consultative document issued by the Treasurer; and

    (b)Taxation, regulation and international competitiveness; and

that, in considering these matters, the Economics References Committee may consider the evidence and records of the former Standing Committee on Finance and Public Administration relating to these matters.

  (3)That, from 10 October 1994, the current standing references on statutory authorities, non-statutory bodies and companies and associations, be the responsibility of the Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee.

Mr President, I seek leave to make a short statement relating to the notice of motion.

  Leave granted.


Senator COATES —This motion seeks to assist the smooth transition to the new committee structure. The Standing Committee on Finance and Public Administration has had a standing reference for some years on the central administration of the Australian government. The committee resolved before its imminent dissolution that, as the performance of relevant departments and agencies is to be an inherent responsibility of the new Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee, it was unnecessary to explicitly provide for such a general continuing reference to either of the incoming finance and public administration committees.

  In relation to the two taxation matters, the relevant portfolios are now to be within the responsibility of the economics committees from 10 October. It is, therefore, appropriate for the transfer to be made, especially in view of the fact that no hearings have yet been held, only written submissions having been received so far.

  On the third matter, the question of the statutory authorities, non-statutory bodies and companies and associations, that proposal will allow the legislation committee to continue to maintain the list of Commonwealth bodies which the existing finance and public administration committee has maintained for some years.