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Notice given 6 November 2003

2363  Senator Nettle: To ask the Minister representing the Prime Minister—With reference to a letter dated 27 October 2003 referred to in the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Communiqué, written by the Prime Minister to the members of the COAG in the lead-up to the November 2000 COAG meeting:

(1) Can the names and positions be provided of the ‘senior COAG officials’ who drafted the amendments to the National Competition Policy Arrangements passed at the November 2000 COAG meeting.

(2) Can names and positions be provided of the ‘senior COAG officials’ who were given the task of consulting with the National Competition Council about its forward work program, activities, assessments, communications, guidance and interpretation and helping to formulate ‘appropriate assessment benchmarks’.

(3) (a) How was this team (or these teams, if there is more than one team) of officials chosen and by whom; and (b) to whom do these officials report.