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Wednesday, 16 March 2016
Page: 2122

Senator SINODINOS (New South WalesCabinet Secretary) (15:03): Mr Deputy President, I wish to add to an answer I gave in question time yesterday. Regarding the matter Senator Whish-Wilson asked me about yesterday in question time, I have received preliminary advice from the Attorney-General's office that CSIRO is in keeping with its obligations under the Archives Act 1983, but the government will ensure compliance with all relevant legislation.

I have also received advice from the Minister for Finance's office that the Department of Finance cannot see how CSIRO officials have breached their obligations under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013. CSIRO senior staff have been reminded of the policy regarding the private use of emails. If there are further concerns, these are best raised directly with the CSIRO, who are an independent authority with full responsibility for these matters.

Further, in relation to a question from Senator Carr today on a related matter, I have been advised that the minister was provided a brief on CSIRO strategic research prioritisation outcomes on 1 February 2016. I suggest if there are further queries about this matter that they be put on notice as questions on notice.