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Tuesday, 29 April 1980
Page: 1897

Senator KILGARIFF (Northern Territory) -I, bring up the report of Estimates Committee F on the particulars of proposed additional expenditure for the year 1979-80 together with the Hansard record of the Committee 's proceedings.

Ordered that the report be printed.

Senator KILGARIFF(Northern Territory) -by leave- I support the remarks of honourable senators, particularly those of the Chairman of Estimates Committee A, Senator Martin, in relation to the Department of Finance and other matters. I draw the attention of honourable senators to that section of the report of Estimates Committee F relating to exchange rate fluctuations and the framing of additional estimates of the Department of Finance. The report of Estimates Committee F has been tabled. Its comments on matters that have arisen during the hearings of the Department of Defence, the Department of Trade and Resources and the Postal and Telecommunications Department are selfexplanatory. The Committee believes the criticisms and suggestions should be noted.

Personally, whilst I believe the Senate Estimates committees have functioned well and have carried out their responsibility diligently, the time has come when the role of the committees should be reviewed to bring about a continued oversight from year to year and the following of expenditure on certain projects throughout the financial year and their overlap into future financial years. With the added responsibility, I believe the Estimates committees would bring to the Senate more comprehensive reports on the activities of Federal departments within the scope of each committee's responsibilities.

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