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Tuesday, 11 February 1986
Page: 136

(Question No. 572)

Senator Withers asked the Minister representing the Prime Minister, upon notice, on 8 October 1985:

(1) What sum is allocated in the current financial year for hospitality/entertainment which may be expended:

(a) by the Department; and

(b) by each and every Statutory Authority for which the Minister has responsibility.

(2) What were the guidelines in force as at 1 September 1985 for expenditure from the hospitality/entertainment account of:

(a) the Department; and

(b) each and every Statutory Authority for which the Minister has responsibility.

(3) Following upon the Statement by the Treasurer `Reform of the Australian Taxation System' on 19 September 1985, what action is proposed in relation to questions 1 and 2.

Senator Button —The Prime Minister has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) (a) $12,000.

(b) Australian Audit Office-$6,000; Australian Bicentennial Authority, State and Northern Territory Offices, Commonwealth provision-$25,000; Allocation for ACT and Island Territory Office-$2,000; Allocation for National Office-$29,000; Australian Science and Technology Council-$2,000; Commonwealth Ombudsman-$1,200; Economic Planning Advisory Council-$5,000; Merit Protection and Review Agency-$2,400; Office of National Assessments-$9,500; Public Service Board-$10,000.

(2) (a) Finance Directions 13/1, 13/2 and Guidelines 13/1 to 13/14.

(b) Australian Bicentennial Authority-Hospitality and entertainment expenditures are oversighted by Executive Directors at State level and by General Managers at the National Office. Official entertainment is undertaken on a limited and necessary basis only.

All other agencies-as for (2) (a) above.

(3) Entertainment expenditure is being recorded in accordance with Finance Circular 1985/18. The Australian Bicentennial Authority also is complying with the Statement by the Treasurer.