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Notice given 16 June 2006

Chair of the Finance and Public Administration References Committee (Senator Forshaw): To move—That the following matter be referred to the Finance and Public Administration References Committee for inquiry and report by 19 October 2006:

The transparency and accountability to Parliament of Commonwealth public funding and expenditure, including:

(a) the impact on the Parliament’s ability to scrutinise, approve and monitor proposed and actual expenditure of:

(i) outcome budget appropriations and reporting,

(ii) multiple sources of funding including special appropriations, advances to the Minister for Finance, annual departmental carry-over surpluses, revenue retained under section 31 of the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 , special accounts and goods and services tax appropriations, and

(iii) the use of ordinary annual services to fund activities including non-annual services;

(b) options for improving the transparency and specificity of budget papers and related documents; and

(c) other measures to improve the Parliament’s oversight of proposed and actual Commonwealth funding and expenditure.

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