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Notice given 26 September 2006 

2508  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—With reference to the answer to question on notice no. 2051 (Senate Hansard , 7 September 2006, p. 98) and internal audits into functions within the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service carried out in the financial years 2002-2003, 2003-2004, 2004-2005 and 2005-06:

(1) On what dates in those financial years were audits initiated.

(2) On what dates were each of the audits completed.

(3) (a) What was the cause of each audit; (b) how many of these audits were scheduled; and (c) how many were unscheduled.

(4) (a) How many recommendations resulted from each audit; and (b) in each case, what were those recommendations.

(5) Which recommendations: (a) were implemented; (b) are yet to be implemented; and (c) will not be implemented.

(6) Where recommendations from any of the audits have not, or will not be implemented: (a) on what basis was each recommendation rejected; (b) in each case who made the decision to reject the recommendation; (c) what advice was provided to the Minister, or the Minister’s office, about the rejection of each of the recommendations; (d) when was that advice provided to the Minister, or the Minister’s office; and (e) when did the Minister, or the Minister’s office, provide a response to that advice.