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Wednesday, 27 November 1996
Page: 6078

Motion (by Senator Allison) put:

That the Senate—

(a)   notes that:

   (i)   the Victorian Government plans to review the function of the Victorian Auditor-General, with a view to weakening the Auditor-General's role as independent government watchdog,

   (ii)   the Victorian Government intends to explore the idea that Government agencies should be allowed to appoint their own private auditors, and

   (iii)   this review follows recent criticism by the Auditor-General of the financial affairs of the Kennett Government;

(b)   observes that the proposed review follows recent moves by the Kennett Government to limit the powers of other Victorian accountability agencies, such as the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Equal Opportunity Commission and the Law Reform Commission;

(c)   recognises the important role of auditors-general in monitoring the financial affairs of governments; and

(d)   calls on the Victorian Government to maintain the independence of its Auditor-General in line with best practice in every other State and Territory in Australia.