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COMMUNITY AFFAIRS—STANDING COMMITTEE—REFERENCE

Senator Nash, at the request of the Leader of The Nationals in the Senate (Senator Scullion) and pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved business of the Senate notice of motion no. 2—That the following matter be referred to the Community Affairs Committee for inquiry and report by 4 December 2008:

The levels of Federal and Northern Territory Government expenditure on Indigenous affairs and social services in the Northern Territory, including expenditure on services for families, children and people with disabilities in the Northern Territory, with particular reference to:

 (a) the level of service delivery and of outcomes achieved in Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory in relation to the expenditure of both Federal and Northern Territory monies; and

 (b) whether the Northern Territory Government's expenditure of goods and services tax receipts accurately reflects the Commonwealth Grants Commission's funding formula for the expenditure of such receipts by program, by location, and by intended service recipient for meeting disadvantage and regional need.

Statement by leave: Senator Siewert, by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Question put and passed.