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Wednesday, 30 November 1960

Mr DAVIS (DEAKIN, VICTORIA) - I present the following report of the Public Accounts Committee: -

Fifty-second Report - The Reports of the Auditor-General - Financial Year 1958-59 - Part II.

This is Part II. of the first report of the Public Accounts Committee to be based exclusively on the annual reports of the Auditor-General. Part I. of the report has been presented already as the Fiftieth Report of the committee. A number of important matters are detailed in this report, but the committee has been concerned particularly with the following significant conclusion resulting from its investigations: - The role of the Auditor-General is both essential and important, but the full benefit of his endeavours will not be attained without an effective follow-up of his report. In our opinion, a number of departments have failed to give sufficient consideration to comments in the AuditorGeneral's annual reports, whilst the Public Service Board and the Treasury in some instances should have followed up these matters more actively.

Ordered to be printed.

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