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COMMUNITY AFFAIRS--STANDING COMMITTEE--REFERENCE

Senator Patterson, pursuant to notice, moved--That the following matter

be referred to the Standing Committee on Community Affairs for inquiry

and report by 30 August 1994:

All matters pertaining to the marketing of the Disability Reform

Package (DRP) and in particular:

(a) the circumstances surrounding the letting of the contracts to

market the DRP;

(b) the management of the contracts to market the DRP by the

Management Committee and its subcommittees;

(c) the nature and the extent of debts owed to creditors that relate

directly or indirectly to contracts to market the DRP;

(d) the extent to which the Commonwealth may have been mischarged by

companies contracted to market the DRP;

(e) the reasons why advice from two of three departments on the

Management Committee to terminate a contract to market the DRP

was not heeded;

(f) the circumstances surrounding the letting of a further contract

in April 1993 to a company that was contracted to market the

DRP, although it must have been suspected that the company was

in financial difficulty;

(g) the doubts expressed during Senate Estimates about the

objectivity of the liquidator appointed to a company that was

contracted to market the DRP;

(h) the extent to which the strategy that was adopted to market the

DRP effectively met its objectives; and

(i) the adequacy of current guidelines and practices for the letting

and the management of contracts in the circumstances of the

marketing of the DRP.

Debate ensued.

Question put and passed.