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Wednesday, 30 August 1972
Page: 520

Senator GIETZELT (NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question is addressed to the Attorney-General. I draw the attention of the Minister to the report of the Auditor-General for 1970-71 criticising delays in returns from the Commonwealth Superannuation Board. I ask him whether he is aware that in this year's Auditor-General's report, in the section dealing with the Commonwealth's Superannuation Fund, the Auditor-General says:

In my 1970-71 report the view was expressed that the protracted delay in furnishing financial statements was a matter for concern. The further 12 month delay, coupled with the fact that financial statements for 1969-70 and 1970-71 are still outstanding, is evidence of a most unsatisfactory position which calls for effective action to ensure that financial statements are produced for audit examination at the earliest possible date.

As there are funds exceeding $400m under the administration of the Superannuation Board, can the Minister advise the Senate whether the Board should not be called before the Parliament to explain the inordinate delay?

Senator GREENWOOD - This is a curious question, because it seeks advice from me as to whether certain persons should be called before the Parliament. If any person at any time is to be subjected to the highly unusual step of being called before the Parliament - it is highly unusual - it would be a decision of the Parliament and not of any one Minister. Insofar as what is implicit in the question might be seeking some legal opinion, 1 know that the honourable senator would not wish me to answer a question contrary to the Standing Orders.

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