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FINANCE AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION LEGISLATION COMMITTEE
26/05/2010
FINANCE AND DEREGULATION PORTFOLIO
Senators in attendance:

Senator Sherry, Assistant Treasurer



Mr David Tune, Secretary


Ms Jan Mason, Deputy Secretary, Asset Management and Parliamentary Services

Mr Colin Plowman, First Assistant Secretary, Corporate Services

Mr David Yarra, Chief Audit Executive

Mr Michael Burton, First Assistant Secretary, Financial and e-Solutions Group

Mr Brett Quester, Assistant Secretary, Financial and e-Solutions Group


Mr David Martine, Deputy Secretary, Budget Group

Mr David Nicol, First Assistant Secretary, Budget Policy and Coordination Division

Mr Peter Saunders, First Assistant Secretary, Strategic Policy Division and Government and Defence Division

Mr David Weiss, First Assistant Secretary, Industry, Education and Infrastructure Division

Mr David de Carvalho, Acting First Assistant Secretary, Social Welfare Division

Dr Stein Helgeby, Deputy Secretary, Financial Management Group

Mr Tim Youngberry, First Assistant Secretary, Financial Reporting and Cash Management Division

Mr Marc Mowbray-d’Arbela, Assistant Secretary, Legislative Review Branch

Mr Lembit Suur, First Assistant Secretary, Financial Framework Division

Mr George Sotiropoulos, Assistant Secretary, Superannuation Branch

Dr Tom Ioannou, Assistant Secretary, Financial Framework Policy Branch

Ms Susan Page, Deputy Secretary, Deregulation Policy Division

Mr Peter McCray, First Assistant Secretary, Deregulation Policy Division

Mr Jason McNamara, Executive Director, Office of Best Practice Regulation

Mr Jonathon Hutson, Finance and Deregulation

Dr Greg Fenney, Branch Manager, Financial Management Group


Ms Jan Mason, Deputy Secretary, Asset Management and Parliamentary Services

Mr Rick Scott-Murphy, First Assistant Secretary, Property and Construction Division

Mr John Edge, First Assistant Secretary, Government Business, Special Claims and Land Policy 

Ms Stacie Hall, Assistant Secretary, Government Businesses Advice Branch

Dr Stein Helgeby, First Assistant Secretary, Financial Management Group

Mr John Grant, First Assistant Secretary, Procurement Division

Ms Laurie Van Veen, Assistant Secretary, Communications Advice Branch

Mr John Sheridan, First Assistant Secretary, Agency Services Division

Mr Graham Fry, First Assistant Secretary, Policy and Planning Division

Mr Philip Smith, Branch Manager, Insurance and Risk Management Branch


Ms Jan Mason, Deputy Secretary, Asset Management and Parliamentary Services

Ms Kim Clarke, First Assistant Secretary, Ministerial and Parliamentary Services  

Ms Suzanne Pitson, Assistant Secretary, Entitlements Policy

Mr Greg Miles, Assistant Secretary, Entitlements Management

Mrs Kim Baker, Acting Assistant Secretary, Client Services

Ms Yvette Sims, Acting Assistant Secretary, Accountability and Reporting

Ms Maree Faulkner, National Manager, COMCAR

Mr Stephen Taylor, Assistant Secretary.  Legal Services

Mr John Sheridan, Acting Deputy Secretary, Agency Services Division

Mr Michael Burton, First Assistant Secretary, Financial and e-Solutions Group

Mr Brett Quester, Assistant Secretary, Financial and e-Solutions Group


Mr Ed Killesteyn, Electoral Commissioner

Mr Paul Dacey, Deputy Electoral Commissioner

Ms Barbara Davis, First Assistant Commissioner

Mr Kevin Kitson, First Assistant Commissioner

Mr Paul Pirani, Chief Legal Officer


Mr Leo Bator, Chief Executive Officer

Ms Cindy Briscoe, Deputy Chief Executive Officer (Business Services)


Mr Lochiel Crafter, Chief Executive Officer

Mr Peter Carrigy-Ryan, Chief Operating Officer


Mr Paul Costello, General Manager, Future Fund Management Agency


Mr Michael Sammells, Chief Financial Officer, Finance & Corporate Services

Ms Lucinda Bilney, Policy and Regulatory Affairs Manager, Government & Public Affairs

CHAIR (Senator Polley) —I declare open this meeting of the Senate Finance and Public Affairs Legislation Committee. The Senate has referred to the committee the particulars of proposed expenditure for 2010-11 for the parliamentary departments and portfolios of the Departments of the Prime Minster and Cabinet, Finance and Deregulation and Human Services. The committee may also examine the annual reports of the departments and agencies appearing before it.

The committee has fixed 9 July 2010 as the date for the return of answers to questions on notice. Under Standing Order 26, the committee must take all evidence in public session. This includes answers to questions on notice. Officers and senators are familiar with the rules of the Senate governing estimates hearings. If you need assistance, the secretariat has copies of the rules. I particularly draw the attention of witnesses to an order of the Senate of 13 May 2009 specifying the process by which a claim of public interest immunity should be raised.

I welcome the minister, Senator the Hon Nick Sherry, and officers of the Department of Finance and Deregulation. Is there an opening statement, Minister?

[9.12 am]