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Wednesday, 19 August 2009
Page: 5490

Senator Barnett asked the Minister representing the Prime Minister and other ministers, upon notice, on 2 July 2009:

(1) (a)   Since November 2007, what is the total number of: (i) completed, and (ii) ongoing, non-statutory reviews in and/or affecting the portfolio/agency; and (b) for each review: (i) identify the review and its terms of reference, (ii) its duration, and (iii) its cost.

(2)   In relation to the completed non-statutory reviews: (a) what action or initiatives have been implemented; (b) can a copy of the reviews be provided; and (c) has the Government responded to the reviews’ recommendations; if so, what further action has it taken; if not, when will the Government be responding.

(3)   In relation to the non-statutory reviews still ongoing, when will each review be concluded.

(4)   What further non-statutory reviews are planned for the 2009-10 financial year.

Senator Chris Evans (Minister for Immigration and Citizenship) —The Prime Minister has provide the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

Given the openness and breadth of this question, it is considered that the resources necessary to compile the information to answer this question in a consistent manner across the Australian Public Service cannot be justified.