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Wednesday, 5 December 1973
Page: 4291


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER -Is leave granted? There being no objection, leave is granted.

Mr LIONELBOWEN (KingsfordSmithPostmasterGeneral and Special Minister of State) - The honourable member for Gwydir (Mr Hunt) was concerned about the position of the Auditor-General. I should like to draw his attention to the Supplementary Report of the Auditor-General, dated 29 November 1973, which was tabled in this House in the last 2 days. For the record, it states, under the heading 'Department of Aboriginal Affairs':

Audit representations were recently made to the Department of Aboriginal Affairs on apparent departures from the requirements of the Audit Act and Treasury Regulations and on certain deficiencies noted in the financial and administrative control over the receipt and expenditure of public moneys and of moneys of the Commonwealth Capital Fund for Aboriginal Enterprises which was established under the Aboriginal Enterprises (Assistance) Act 1968.

The Auditor-General then refers to those representations, on which I will not expand here. The report continues:

Comments were recently sought from The Australian National University on certain features noted during Audit examination of records relating to pay. ments by the University from moneys advanced from the Aboriginal Advancement Trust Account for expenditure on the turtle and crocodile farming research projects.

At the date of preparation of this Report, replies to the Audit correspondence were awaited from the Department and The Australian National University.


Mr Wentworth - Mr Deputy Speaker, I have not had an opportunity to read these reports-


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER -Order! Is the honourable member seeking leave to make a statement?


Mr Wentworth - If I may, Mr Deputy Speaker. I wish to make a statement not exceeding 2 minutes.


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER -Is leave granted? There being no objection, leave is granted.







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