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Tabling of Report 382: Auditor-General's reports - 4th quarter 1999-2000



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Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit

23 August 2001

Tabling of Report 382

AUDITOR-GENERAL’S REPORTS—4th Quarter 1999-2000  

Today, the Chairman of the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit (JCPAA), Mr Bob Charles, MP, tabled in Parliament, JCPAA Report No. 382 on:

Magnetic Resonance Imaging Services ● High Wealth Individuals Taskforce ● Tactical Fighter Operations ●

In its examination of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Services, the Committee found areas for improvement by the Department of Health and Aged Care in its policy development, risk management and in its management of negotiations with representatives of the Royal Australasian College of Radiologists. The evidence showed that number of machines for which eligibility for MBS rebates was sought greatly exceeded expectations. The desired distribution of machines was still not fully realised. Expenditure for MRI services also exceeded expectations.

The Committee found it disappointing that DHAC was so lacking in rigour in its probity arrangements, given the professional interests involved. The department’s open-ended approach to risk management was deficient, especially in its handling of conflicts of interest and its acceptance of statutory declarations at face value as proof of date of order and installation.

The second ANAO report the Committee reviewed in this quarter was on the High Wealth Individuals Taskforce. The audit found that the taskforce had achieved the revenue targets set by the government and that it had contributed to the development of administrative and legislative proposals to address undesirable tax minimisation practices.

Mr Charles said: ‘The Committee considered that publishing details and results of the taskforce’s operations was important for community education and practice and made a recommendation aimed at further improving public awareness of the taskforce’s activities and achievements.

The JCPAA focused its examination of Tactical Fighter Operations (TFOs) on air superiority and regional capabilities, and management of the fast-jet pilot workforce. Air superiority, which encompasses tactical fighter operations, airborne early warning and control (AEW&C), and air-to-air refuelling (AAR) is critical to the defence of Australia. The JCPAA supports initiatives outlined in the 2000 Defence White Paper to acquire AEW&C and enhance Air Force’s AAR

capability.

For comment, contact Mr Bob Charles, MP on telephone (02) 6277 4775.

For information, contact Dr Margot Kerley on telephone (02) 6277 4615

Comments to: The Secretary of the Committee on PH: (02) 6277 4615 or FAX: (02) 6277 2220 or e-mail: JCPA@aph.gov.au Last reviewed 23 August 2001 by the Committee Secretariat © Commonwealth of Australia Parliament of Australia Web Site Privacy Statement