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Notice given 10 February 2003

*1156  Senator Nettle: To ask the Minister for Family and Community Services—With reference to the Deed of Agreement between Centrelink and its agents:

(1) Can the Minister specify the intended purpose of the ‘specified personnel’ clause in the deed.

(2) Is the Minister aware that a Centrelink officer has the discretionary power to remove agency employees from the ‘specified personnel’ list.

(3) Is there any right of appeal against a decision, made by a Centrelink officer, to remove an employee from the ‘specified personnel’ list; if so; please specify the rights of appeal.

(4) If there is no right of appeal, can the Minister explain why a Centrelink officer has the sole discretionary power to remove Centrelink funding from agency employees.