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Media Release

Senator John Faulkner

Shadow Minister for Public Administration and Government Services

Shadow Minister for Olympic Coordination and the Centenary of Federation

Leader of the Opposition in the Senate

 

August 27, 1999

 

OPPOSITION WELCOMES AUDITOR-GENERAL’S

FEDERATION FUND AUDIT

 

The Opposition today welcomed the announcement by the Auditor-General, Mr Pat Barrett, that he would undertake a preliminary audit of the Federation Cultural and Heritage Grants Projects program, Shadow Minister for Public Administration and Government Services, Senator John Faulkner said today.

 

“The Opposition has been concerned by several aspects of this $70.4 component of the $1 billion Federation Fund Program.

 

“We believe there are questions to be asked about:

  • Ministers’ final selection of projects after assessment by a departmental task force,
  • The allocation of grants to certain electorates,
  • The transparency of the decision-making process, and
  • The manner in which the grants were announced in the course of the e lection campaign, predominantly in Coalition electorates, in advance of the global announcement of successful and unsuccessful applicants.

 

“We appreciate the speed with which the Auditor-General has responded to concern about this program and look forward to the results of his investigation.”

 

(AUDITOR’S LETTER ON NEXT PAGE)

 

 

For comment:

Colin Campbell; 0419 634 919

 

 

md 1999-08-31  11:12

 

Australian National

Audit Office

 

 

 

27 August 1999

 

Senator the Hon J Faulkner

Parliament House

CANI3ERRA ACT 2600

 

Dear Senator Faulkner

 

I refer to my letter of 12 August advising you that I was seeking the views of the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit (JCPAA) on the audit that you had requested of the Federation Fund.

 

As you would be aware, the Committee has requested that I consider your request on its merits.

 

In view of the public interest issues raised, I have decided to conduct a preliminary examination of the administration of the Federation Cultural and Heritage Projects (FCHP) program to ascertain whether a full audit of this aspect of the Federation Fund is warranted at this time, given our settled program which has been extensively discussed with all concerned over recent months and the necessary re-arrangement of committed audit resources.

 

A co py of my letter to the Chairman of the JCPAA is attached for your information.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

 

 

[signed]

P.J. Barrett