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Wednesday, 3 May 1989
Page: 1683

Senator WATSON —I direct my question to the Minister for Finance. I refer to the Government's changes in financial administration requirements and the setting up of corporate plans. Why has the Government stopped there and not insisted that there is a result statement with outcomes of what is to be achieved, with a linkage statement showing how those results meet program objectives and an explanation of the relationship between the level of resources and expected results? What time frame has the Government set for departments to provide adequate performance indicators which show the effective measures of how the outcome is to be measured, and efficiency quantifiers which show relationship of resources used to outputs?

Senator WALSH —That is much too difficult a question for me to try to answer off the top of my head. I will get an answer for Senator Watson.