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ECONOMICS LEGISLATION COMMITTEE
01/06/2010
TREASURY PORTFOLIO
Senators in attendance:

Senator Sherry, Assistant Treasurer



Dr David Gruen, Executive Director

Mr Tony McDonald, General Manager, Macroeconomic Policy Division

Dr Steve Morling, General Manager, Domestic Economy Division

Mr Adam McKissack, Principal Adviser, Forecasting, Domestic Economy Division

Mr Paul Flanagan, General Manager, International Finance Division

Mr Mike Kooymans, Senior Adviser, International Finance Division

Mr Bill Brummitt, General Manager, International and G20 Division

Mr Liangyue Cao, Senior Adviser, Macroeconomic Modelling Division



Mr Nigel Ray, Executive Director

Ms Peta Furnell, General Manager, Social Policy Division

Mr Peter Robinson, Principal Adviser, Social Policy Division

Mr Chris Foster, Principal Adviser, Social Policy Division

Mr Damien White, Manager, Social Policy Division

Mr Steve French, General Manager, Industry, Environment and Defence Division

Mr Russ Campbell, Principal Adviser, Industry, Environment and Defence Division

Ms Natalie Horvat, Manager, Industry, Environment and Defence Division

Ms Jan Harris, General Manager, Budget Policy Division

Ms Luise McCulloch, Principal Adviser, Budget Policy Division

Mr Jason Allford, Principal Adviser, Budget Policy Division

Ms Sue Vroombout, General Manager, Commonwealth-State Relations Division



Mr David Parker, Executive Director

Mr Mike Rawstron, General Manager, International Tax and Treaties Division

Mr William Potts, Manager, International Tax and Treaties Division

Mr Greg Wood, Manager, International Tax and Treaties Division

Ms Brenda Berkeley, Secretary, Board of Taxation and General Manager, Indirect Tax Division

Ms Maryanne Mrakovcic, General Manager, Tax Analysis Division

Mr Phil Gallagher, Manager, Tax Analysis Division

Mr Colin Brown, Manager, Tax Analysis Division

Mr John Clark, Manager, Tax Analysis Division

Mr Anthony King, Tax Analysis Division

Mr Marty Robinson, Manager, Tax Analysis Division

Mr Paul McCullough, General Manager, Business Tax Division

Mr Graeme Davis, Manager, Resource Tax Unit, Business Tax Division

Mr Michael Willcock, General Manager, Personal and Retirement Income Division

Mr Tony Coles, Manager, Personal and Retirement Income Division

Mr Trevor Thomas, Principal Adviser, Personal and Retirement Income Division

Mr Nigel Murray, Manager, Personal and Retirement Income Division

Ms Christine Barron, General Manager, Tax System Division

Mr Jason McDonald, Principal Adviser, Tax System Division

Ms Mary Balzary, Principal Communications Adviser, Tax System Division

Mr Brant Pridmore, Manager, Tax System Division



Mr Jim Murphy, Executive Director

Mr Richard Murray, Executive Director, Policy Coordination and Governance

Mr Geoff Miller, General Manager, Corporations and Financial Services Division

Ms Vicki Wilkinson, Principal Adviser, Corporations and Financial Services Division

Mr Mark Sewell, Manager, Corporations and Financial Services Division

Mr Daniel McAuliffe, Acting Manager, Corporations and Financial Services Division

Ms Marian Kljakovic, Manager, Corporations and Financial Services Division

Ms Alix Gallo, Manager, Corporations and Financial Services Division

Dr Richard Sandlant, Manager, Financial Services Taskforce

Ms Lorraine Allen, Senior Adviser, Australian Financial Centre Forum

Mr Patrick Colmer, General Manager, Foreign Investment and Trade Policy Division

Mr John Lonsdale, General Manager, Financial System Division

Ms Jacky Rowbotham, Manager, Financial System Division

Mr Justin Douglas, Manager, Financial System Division

Mr Roger Brake, Manager, Financial System Division

Dr Steven Kennedy, General Manager, Infrastructure, Competition and Consumer Division

Mr Brad Archer, Principal Adviser, Infrastructure, Infrastructure, Competition and Consumer Division

Mr Bruce Paine, Principal Adviser, Competition Infrastructure, Competition and Consumer Division

Mr Andrew Deitz, Manager, Infrastructure, Competition and Consumer Division

Mr Paul McBride, Principal Adviser, Cities and Housing, Infrastructure, Competition and Consumer Division

Mr Simon Writer, Manager, Infrastructure, Competition and Consumer Division

Mr Paul Madden, Program Director, Standard Business Reporting Management Group

Mr Greg Divall, Program Manager, Standard Business Reporting Management Group

Mr Peter Martin, General Manager, Australian Government Actuary


Mr Brian Pink, Australian Statistician

Mr Trevor Sutton, Deputy Australian Statistician, Social Statistics Group

Ms Gillian Nicoll, Assistant Statistician, Office of the Statistician

Mr Paul Lowe, Assistant Statistician, Population Census Branch

Mr Michael Belcher, Chief Financial Officer

Mr Denis Farrell, Deputy Australian Statistician, Population, Labour, Industry and Environment Statistics Group

Mr Ian Ewing, Deputy Australian Statistician, Macroeconomics and Integration Division

Ms Sue Phillips, Acting Assistant Statistician, Corporate Services Division

Mr Peter Harper, Chief Operating Officer

Mr Vince Lazzaro, Assistant Statistician, Human Resources Branch

Mr Garth Bode, First Assistant Statistician, Social Statistics Group


Mr Graeme Samuel AO, Chairman

Mr Brian Cassidy, Chief Executive Officer

Mr Marcus Bezzi, Executive General Manager, Enforcement and Compliance Division

Mr Tim Grimwade, Executive General Manager, Mergers and Acquisitions Group

Mr Mark Pearson, Executive General Manager, Regulatory Affairs Division

Mr Jo Schumann, Executive General Manager, Corporate Division

Ms Michelle Groves, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Energy Regulator

Mr Scott Gregson, Group General Manager, Enforcement Operations

Mr Nigel Ridgway, Group General Manager, Compliance, Research, Outreach and Product Safety

Mr Adrian Brocklehurst, Chief Finance Officer

Mr Richard Chadwick, General Manager, Adjudication Branch

Ms Gail Neumann, Acting General Manager, People Services and Management Branch

Mr Sebastian Roberts, General Manager, Water Branch

Mr Sean Riordan, General Manager, NBN Engagement and Industry Compliance Branch


Mr Neil Hyden, Chief Executive Officer

Mr Michael Bath, Director,  Financial Risk

Mr Gerald Dodgson, Head of Treasury Services

Mr Andrew Johnson, Head of Compliance and Reporting

Mr Pat Raccosta, Chief Finance Officer


Dr John Laker, Chairman

Mr John Trowbridge, Member

Mr Keith Chapman, Executive General Manager

Mr Senthamangalam Venkatramani, General Manager


Mr Michael D’Ascenzo, Commissioner of Taxation

Mr David Butler, Second Commissioner

Mr Bruce Quigley, Second Commissioner

Ms Jennie Granger, Second Commissioner

Mr Mark Konza, Deputy Commissioner, Small and Medium Enterprises

Ms Raelene Vivian, Chief Operating Officer

Mr Neil Olesen, Deputy Commissioner, Superannuation

Mr Robert Ravanello, Chief Finance Officer


Mr Tony D’Aloisio, Chairman

Ms Belinda Gibson, Deputy Commissioner

Mr Michael Dwyer, Commissioner

Mr Justin Owen, Manager,  Government Relations

Mr Matthew Abbott, Senior Executive Leader,  Corporate Affairs


Mr Gary Bank AO, Chairman

Dr Michael Kirby, Acting Head of Office

Ms Lisa Gropp, Principal Adviser, Research

Mr Terry O’Brien, First Assistant Commissioner

CHAIR (Senator Hurley) —Welcome to Minister Sherry and the officers of Department of Treasury. I declare open this public hearing of the Senate Economics Legislation Committee. The Senate has referred to the committee the particulars of proposed expenditure for 2010-11 and related documents for the Innovation, Industry, Science and Research portfolio, the Resources, Energy and Tourism portfolio and the Treasury portfolio. The committee must report to the Senate on 22 June 2010 and it has set 30 July 2010 as the date by which answers to questions on notice are to be returned. 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. 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, and which I now incorporate in Hansard.

The extract read as follows—

Public interest immunity claims

That the Senate—

(a)   notes that ministers and officers have continued to refuse to provide information to Senate committees without properly raising claims of public interest immunity as required by past resolutions of the Senate;

(b)   reaffirms the principles of past resolutions of the Senate by this order, to provide ministers and officers with guidance as to the proper process for raising public interest immunity claims and to consolidate those past resolutions of the Senate;

(c)   orders that the following operate as an order of continuing effect:

(1)   If:

(a)   a Senate committee, or a senator in the course of proceedings of a committee, requests information or a document from a Commonwealth department or agency; and

(b)   an officer of the department or agency to whom the request is directed believes that it may not be in the public interest to disclose the information or document to the committee, the officer shall state to the committee the ground on which the officer believes that it may not be in the public interest to disclose the information or document to the committee, and specify the harm to the public interest that could result from the disclosure of the information or document.

(2)   If, after receiving the officer’s statement under paragraph (1), the committee or the senator requests the officer to refer the question of the disclosure of the information or document to a responsible minister, the officer shall refer that question to the minister.

(3)   If a minister, on a reference by an officer under paragraph (2), concludes that it would not be in the public interest to disclose the information or document to the committee, the minister shall provide to the committee a statement of the ground for that conclusion, specifying the harm to the public interest that could result from the disclosure of the information or document.

(4)   A minister, in a statement under paragraph (3), shall indicate whether the harm to the public interest that could result from the disclosure of the information or document to the committee could result only from the publication of the information or document by the committee, or could result, equally or in part, from the disclosure of the information or document to the committee as in camera evidence.

(5)   If, after considering a statement by a minister provided under paragraph (3), the committee concludes that the statement does not sufficiently justify the withholding of the information or document from the committee, the committee shall report the matter to the Senate.

(6)   A decision by a committee not to report a matter to the Senate under paragraph (5) does not prevent a senator from raising the matter in the Senate in accordance with other procedures of the Senate.

(7)   A statement that information or a document is not published, or is confidential, or consists of advice to, or internal deliberations of, government, in the absence of specification of the harm to the public interest that could result from the disclosure of the information or document, is not a statement that meets the requirements of paragraph (I) or (4).

(8)   If a minister concludes that a statement under paragraph (3) should more appropriately be made by the head of an agency, by reason of the independence of that agency from ministerial direction or control, the minister shall inform the committee of that conclusion and the reason for that conclusion, and shall refer the matter to the head of the agency, who shall then be required to provide a statement in accordance with paragraph (3).

(Extract, Senate Standing Orders, pp 124-125)

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