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Thursday, 18 November 2004
Page: 3

Senator FORSHAW (New South Wales) (9.35 a.m.)—I move:

(1) That the following matter be referred to the Finance and Public Administration References Committee for inquiry and report by 22 June 2005:

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

(b) the processes involved in decision-making on Commonwealth 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.

(2) That the committee have power to consider and use the records of the Finance and Public Administration References Committee appointed in the previous Parliament.

Question agreed to.