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Wednesday, 26 June 1996
Page: 2283


Senator KERNOT (Leader of the Australian Democrats)(5.27 p.m.) —I have already made my remarks about why the Democrats think the reserve power to appoint an administrator is discriminatory so I will not repeat them. I do not think we have put on the record yet what was pointed out to us in the committee hearing. Some 95 per cent of the organisations funded by ATSIC have no problems acquitting grant moneys. Of the remaining five per cent, the majority of the problems are due to inexperience or mismanagement. A few of the five per cent are due to deliberate actions. ATSIC acts on those and has referred them on. We have talked about the level of resourcing and the priority of those agencies to whom they are referred. You do not need to appoint an administrator. You need to do something about the mechanisms that already exist.

While I am on my feet, I would like to commend whoever was responsible for the layout of this bill. I think it is the clearest and easiest bill I have ever had to read. Whoever chose the typeface and so on—well done.

Schedule 1, item 19 negatived.