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Tuesday, 4 December 1973
Page: 2392

Motion (by Senator Byrne) agreed to:

That there be referred to the Senate Standing Committee on Finance and Government Operations for inquiry and report the following matter-

(   1 ) The operation, control and conduct of the following companies: Applied Ecology Pry Ltd, Aboriginal and Islander Products Pty Ltd, and Aboriginal and Island Marketing Pry Ltd, companies incorporated in the Australian Capital Territory and having their registered offices at Woden Towers, Woden, A.C.T.;

(2)   The degree of Ministerial control over and Ministerial responsibility for expenditure from the Aboriginal Advancement Trust Account, the Aborigines Benefit Trust Fund and the Capital Fund for Aboriginal Enterprises;

(3)   (a) Whether departmental and projects, or particular projects for which financial assistance is or has been sought, and for which funds have been or would be made available from the Capital Fund for Aboriginal Enterprises, have been adequately investigated by the Department of Aboriginal Affairs and by the Department of the Treasury, and

(b)   Whether expenditure on and the execution of approved programmes and requests have been adequately controlled and supervised by the appropriate departments and in compliance with Treasury procedures and departmental requirements; and

(4)   The circumstances surrounding the purchase of land, buildings and equipment for or by aboriginal communities with money provided from the capital fund for Aboriginal Enterprises and, in particular, whether such purchases were made at prices in excess of Treasury valuation.

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