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FINANCE AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION REFERENCES COMMITTEE—REFERENCE

The Leader of the Family First Party (Senator Fielding), pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved business of the Senate notice of motion no. 4—That the following matters be referred to the Finance and Public Administration References Committee for inquiry and report by 30 June 2010:

 (a) whether the Rudd Government's tax reform advertising campaign is an outrageous abuse of taxpayers' dollars;

 (b) whether the Rudd Government should be allowed to spend millions of dollars in advertising a new tax that has not been approved by parliament;


 (c) whether the Special Minister of State and Cabinet Secretary (Senator Ludwig) acted appropriately in exempting the tax reform advertising campaign from the Guidelines on Information and Advertising Campaigns by Australian Government Departments and Agencies; and

 (d) what further provisions are necessary to strengthen the controls on government advertising to prevent taxpayers' dollars being used for electioneering purposes in the future.

Question put and passed. All Australian Greens senators, by leave, recorded their votes for the ayes.