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Tuesday, 11 September 2018
Page: 6003

Senator FIFIELD (VictoriaManager of Government Business in the Senate and Minister for Communications and the Arts) (13:44): As I indicated before, the department agrees with the ANAO's recommendations and notes that all recommendations are either covered by existing departmental practice or included in the continuation of the trial. Overall, there were appropriate arrangements and processes in place. However, the department does acknowledge the issues raised in the report and, where improvements can be made, the department has been making improvements to the trial and process over time and will continue to do so. These improvements will ensure the trial can continue to be effectively implemented and monitored. Senator Storer's amendments will require the government to conduct a review of any evaluation to ensure that the findings are accurate. We welcome Senator Storer's amendment and will be supporting it.