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Opposition backs consolidation of ACT administration



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JOINT STATEMENT BY THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION. MR ANDREW PEACOCK, AND THE SHADOW MINISTER FOR TERRITORIES. SENATOR AUSTIN LEWIS '

OPPOSITION BACKS CONSOLIDATION OF ACT ADMINISTRATION

The Federal Opposition will move to consolidate all departmental units involved in the administration of services in the ACT under one Minister and one Department when it is returned to Government at the next election.

Leader of the Opposition, Mr Andrew Peacock, and the Shadow Minister for Territories, Senator Lewis, announced the new move today after it had been approved in principle at a meeting of the Shadow Cabinet in Canberra.

"The proposed new move will increase administrative efficiency and the cost effectiveness of the administration of the Australian Capital Territory," Mr Peacock said.

"In the longer term, the move will be to the advantage- of all residents of the ACT," he said.

Senator Lewis said it was the Opposition's view that there was a real need to provide a more efficient, cost effective and responsible administration for the ACT.

He said it was anticipated the move would give rise to the opportunity to significantly reduce administrative costs and enable the better setting of priorities and integration of actions.

' ^ "The move will also offer several other advantages including the identification of actual costs of services in the ACT, the distancing of policy from th e 'provision of services and reduce the duplication of responsibility for * providing those services," Senator Lewis said.

But Senator Lewis warned that the Opposition's move should NOT be seen as:

- Involving any increase in the overall size and cost

of administration - hopefully the reverse.

- As a move which could be used as an opportunity to

upgrade the classification of various positions. > ~ .A step toward self-government

without a referendum.

"I am sure this move will be welcomed by all of those involved in the administration of the ACT and all residents of the territory-interested in better government and administration," he said.

19 March 1985 ■

For further information Contact Senator Austin Lewis 72 7305.