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Wednesday, 19 May 1993
Page: 838

Senator BOSWELL —My question is addressed to the Minister representing the Minister for Primary Industries and Energy. I refer the Minister to Senate Estimates Committee A which he attended last week. During that hearing I raised important issues regarding an internal AQIS review of the Senior Executive Service. That review canvassed the rorting of travel allowances, the use of cabcharge and petrol credit cards for private use and a five-day private trip to Ireland on full pay with all expenses paid—just to name a few. It was revealed that an internal inquiry under section 61 of the Public Service Act was carried out. That inquiry led to Mr Peter Core, the acting secretary at the time, issuing a press release saying that he did not believe there would be a need for any further investigation. In view of the serious nature of the allegations made in the review, will the Minister make available to the Senate the report of the internal inquiry under section 61 of the Public Service Act?

Senator COOK —I will refer that question to the Minister I represent in this place.

Senator Boswell —You must have known that was coming.

Senator COOK —In answer to the interjection, it has been requested of me that I release a report given to another Minister. It is incumbent upon me to show elementary courtesy and put that request to that Minister so that the Minister with portfolio responsibility can make the decision. I propose to do so.