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Thursday, 13 September 1984
Page: 1312

Mr JOHN BROWN (Minister for Sport, Recreation and Tourism, Minister for Administrative Services and Minister Assisting the Minister for Industry and Commerce)(10.37) —These amendments are not unusual. They usually appear every time there is a bounty Bill. The provisions to which the amendments refer are not new to bounty legislation. They are consistent with the powers that have been provided by governments of all political persuasion to make sure that taxpayers are fully protected by appropriate compliance audits. These powers have, in fact, been considered on a number of occasions by the Senate Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Bills. They have always acknowledged the view that where taxpayers' money is expended on a bounty, it is reasonable to expect that the government or the department has the right to enter premises without a warrant to make sure that the bounty funds are, in fact, being expended properly .

It is held by some people to be an imposition on civil liberties but, as I said earlier, it has been accepted by governments of all persuasions that it is a reasonable power for the bounty Bills to have embedded within them. Once again, the Government will not be accepting these amendments.

Amendments negatived.

Bill agreed to.

Bill reported without amendment; report-by leave-adopted.