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JOINT COMMITTEE OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTS AND AUDIT - 12/05/2010 - Auditor-General's reports Nos 4 to 21 (2009-10)
JOINT COMMITTEE OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTS AND AUDIT
Joint committee
Wednesday, 12 May 2010
Auditor-General's reports Nos 4 to 21 (2009-10)
Final

CHAIR (Ms Grierson) —I welcome representatives from the Australian National Audit Office and the National Health and Medical Research Council and I thank witnesses for making themselves available for this rescheduled hearing. Before we commence, we have received a submission from the NHMRC, which is at page 81 of the members papers. I ask a member to move that the submission be authorised for publication; thank you, Deputy Chair.

Participants are asked to remember that only members of the committee can put questions to witnesses if this hearing is to constitute formal proceedings of the parliament and attract parliamentary privilege. If other participants wish to raise matters for discussion, they should direct comments to the committee. It will not be possible for participants to directly respond to each other. Given the short time available, statements and comments by witnesses should be relevant and succinct. The hearings are legal proceedings of the parliament and warrant the same respect as proceedings in the House and the Senate. 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.

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