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ANNUAL REPORTS--TABLING AND SCRUTINY

Senator Panizza, at the request of Senator Margetts and pursuant to

notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved--That the

Senate--

(a) notes that:

(i) recent experiences in the estimates hearings for the

Department of Defence have created an unfortunate

precedent which may allow Government departments and

statutory authorities to avoid scrutiny in estimates

consideration during legislation committee hearings due

to late tabling of annual reports, and

(ii) annual reports of Government departmentsand of

statutory authorities are now an integral aspect of the

Senate estimates procedures; and

(b) calls on the Government to establish procedures to ensure that

there is sufficient time allowed between the tabling of all

annual reports and the commencement of estimates hearings to

facilitate a proper scrutiny of these important documents.

Question put and passed.