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Friday, 31 May 1996
Page: 1538


Senator CHAMARETTE(12.09 p.m.) —I have one more question, before I defer to Senator Margetts. Just as we have mentioned that there is an 11 per cent decrease in the Attorney-General's Department overall, I notice that ASIO, division 124, has had an eight per cent increase above what might be proportionately expected. Why is this? Are there no efficiency gains envisaged for ASIO? Does the government see ASIO as having an expanded role in the future? If so, what is that role?