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JOINT COMMITTEE OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTS AND AUDIT - 22/10/2008 - Effects of the ongoing dividend on smaller public sector agencies
JOINT COMMITTEE OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTS AND AUDIT
Joint committee
Wednesday, 22 October 2008
Effects of the ongoing dividend on smaller public sector agencies
Final

CHAIR (Ms Grierson) —I declare open this meeting. This is the final public hearing of the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit for its inquiry into the effect of the efficiency dividend on small agencies. Today the committee will hear from the Family Court of Western Australia via teleconference. This agency brings a unique perspective on the efficiency dividend in that it is the only Australian Family Court that is federally funded but administered by a state government. We will also be hearing from the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, ANSTO, about its concerns that the application of the efficiency dividend may compromise the safety of assets such as the OPAL reactor.

Before beginning, I advise witnesses that the hearings today are legal proceedings of the parliament and warrant the same respect as proceedings of the House itself. The giving of false or misleading evidence is a serious matter and may be regarded as a contempt of parliament. The evidence given today will be recorded by Hansard and will attract parliamentary privilege.

[11.06 am]