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John Brown must resign for his whitewash of the auditor's report on the Australian Institute of Sport



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MEDIA RELEASEPETER WHITE M.P.. Member for McPhersonSHADOW MINISTER FOR SPORT, RECREATION & TOURISMRef No.:Pl90/85 28th November, 1985JOHN BROWN MUST RESIGN FOR HIS WHITEWASH OF THE AUDITOR'S REPORT ON THE AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF SPORT"Mr Brown has failed in his responsibility to the Government, the Parliament, the sports world and the people of Australia by his failure to adequately supervise the management of the Australian Institute Of Sport," the Opposition spokesman for Sport, Peter White said today.He has known or should have known that things were not right'at the Institute. There have been enough warning signs. He has ignored them.Under pressure he institutes an inquiry, but asks the auditors, quite unfairly, to investigate their own work.When the auditors report was tabled, Mr. Brown brought in a white wash statement that completely -ignores the damning accusations in the report.He still pretends that all is well.The Australian Institute of Sport has been allocated $14 million this financial year.It has adopted a careless, cavalier attitude to financial management as the Auditors Report indicates. ' .The Minister has failed in his responsibilities.His colleague, Lionel Bowen said in Parliament on 25th August, 1982:"Ministerial responsibility ... does not concern the question of what one knew; it concerns the question of what one ought to have known."The Minister should resign.Ends. ■Further information contact: Peter White 062 72 7538For further information — Gold Coast 075 50 1199 — Canberra 062 72 7538

I move that the Mi n i s t e r for Sp o r t, Rec r e a t io n and

Touris m be censured by the House f o r:

(1) His m i s l e a d in g statements in the House on

19 November when he s a i d , " I am not aware

OF ANY FINANCIAL SHORTCOMINGS AT THE

Au s t r a l ia n I n s t it u t e of Sp o r t. I have

NOT BEEN MADE AWARE OF ANY IN THE PAST,

The only accusations im p u t a t io n s or

RUMOURS THAT I HAVE DETECTED AT ANY STAGE

ARE IN THAT RATHER GRUBBY LITTLE ARTICLE

' in the Da i l y Telegraph t h i s m o r n in g . "

(2) His f a i l u r e to act on a u d it reports dated

16 August and 7 November 1985 which drew

ATTENTION TO:

. LACK OF UNDERSTANDING OF BUDGET

PROCESS;

. BUDGET SHORTFALL; . .

. NO CORPORATE PLAN;.

. POOR STAFF BUDGETING;

. . POOR RELATIONS WITH GOVERNMENT

DEPARTMENTS.

(3) His f a il u r e to e x er c is e proper Mi n i s t e r i a l

CONTROL OF EXPENDITURE OF TAXPAYERS MONEY

BY OFFICERS OF THE AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE

of Sp o r t. .

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(4) His f a i l u r e to conduct a proper p u b l i c enquiry

INTO ALL ASPECTS OF THE FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATION

of the Au s t r a l ia n I n s t it u t e of Sp o r t,

(5) Fa i l u r e to adequately respond to the conclusion

CONTAINED IN THE AUDITOR'S REPORT WHICH SAID:

1 " I nternal a u d it work c ar r ie d out both prior

to and during the current e x e r c is e causes us

TO BE CONCERNED AS TO THE FINANCIAL

: MANAGEMENT AND FINANCIAL WELL-BEING GENERALLY

of the I n s t i t u t e , "

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