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Thu, 29th May 2008

GOVERNMENT REDUCES AGENCY TRANSPARENCY - "LESS IS MORE" Senator the Hon Eric Abetz Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate Shadow Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research

Rudd Labor has re-written the rules surrounding Government agency reporting requirements so that less information is now required in the portfolio budget statements.

In Senate Estimates today, Finance and Deregulation Department officials confirmed that Government agencies are now required to provide less information than under the previous Howard Government.

Agencies are now required to focus on outcomes rather than processes, “narratives” rather than headings, and provide “more targeted” - read less - information.

They are also no longer required to provide key budget information such as the capital budget statement.

“In Opposition Labor railed against Government transparency, but now we find that one of their very fist actions in Governments has been to reduce Agency transparency”, the Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, Senator Abetz said.

“As a result, key Agency budget statements are now significantly shorter - for example, ANSTO’s budget statement is 38 percent shorter than in 2007/08, and the CSIRO’s 25 percent shorter.

“Budget documents are not for telling “narratives” and bedtime stories. They are for providing full and open account of all an Agency’s detailed processes and expenditure.

“Everyone knows that “targeted” information is a euphemism for “less” information

“Just as with Labor’s budget cuts to science, we are somehow expected to believe that “Less is more.”

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