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Thursday, 5 December 1985
Page: 3067


Senator BUTTON (Minister for Industry, Technology and Commerce)(6.19) —There have been discussions about this legislation. I give notice that it is intended to amend sub-section 25 (7) of the principal Act along the lines of ensuring that there is consultation with the Parliament on the contents of guidelines. An appropriate mechanism would be to require that the guidelines on annual reports should be approved by the Joint Committee of Public Accounts. The fulfilment of that undertaking will take place in the next available Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Amendment Bill. In the meantime, the Government undertakes, before introducing revised guidelines, to seek their approval by the Joint Committee of Public Accounts.