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The Parliament o f the C om m onw ealth o f Australia

Senate Estimates Committees A, B, C, D, E and F

Report to the Senate on Departm ental A dditional Estim ates 1989-90

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The Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia

Senate Estimates Committees A, B, C, D, E and F

Report to the Senate on Departmental Additional Estimates 1989-90

Australian Government Publishing Service Canberra

© Com monwealth of Australia 1991 ISBN 0 644 14073 9

Printed in Australia by P. J. Grills, Commonwealth Government Printer, Canberra

CONTENTS PAGE

1. Resolution of the Senate............................................................................... (v)

2. Estimates Committee Groups ..................................................................... (v)

3. Membership of Committees ........................................................................ (vi)

4. Estimates Committee A

Report ....................................................................................................... 1

Reservations to the rep o rt........................................................................ 9

Minutes of Proceedings 1990 ................................................................. 13

11 May 1990 ........................................................................................ 15

14 May 1990 ...................................................................................... 16

17 May 1990 (2 m eetings)................................................................... 23

21 May 1990 ........................................................................................ 27

Hansard - Index to issues raised in public hearings ............................. 29

5. Estimates Committee B

Report ....................................................................................................... 37

Reservations to the rep o rt........................................................................ 43

Minutes of Proceedings 1990 ................................................................. 49

14 May 1990 ........................................................................................ 51

17 May 1990 ........................................................................................ 56

21 May 1990 ........................................................................................ 59

Hansard - Index to issues raised in public hearings ............................. 61

6. Estimates Committee C

Report ...................................................................................................... 67

Reservation to the R ep o rt........................................................................ 73

Minutes of Proceedings 1990 ................................................................. 75

14 May 1990 (2 m eetings).................................................................. 77

17 May 1990 ........................................................................................ 87

21 May 1990 ........................................................................................ 95

Hansard - Index to issues raised in public hearings ............................. 97

7. Estimates Committee D

Report ...................................................................................................... 103

Reservations to the R e p o rt..................................................................... 109

Minutes of Proceedings 1990 ................................................................ 119

15 May 1990 (2 m eetings).................................................................. 121

21 May 1990 ........................................................................................ 129

Hansard - Index to issues raised in public hearings ............................. 131

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8. Estimates Committee D R e p o rt....................................................................................................... 137

Reservations to the R e p o rt...................................................................... 143

Minutes of Proceedings 1990 ................................................................. 149

15 May 1990 (2 m eetings)................................................................... 151

16 May 1990 ......................................................................................... 157

21 May 1990 ......................................................................................... 159

Hansard - Index to issues raised in public h e a rin g s............................. 161

9. Estimates Committee F

R e p o rt....................................................................................................... 167

Reservation to the R e p o rt........................................................................ 173

Minutes of Proceedings 1990 ................................................................. 175

11 May 1990 ......................................................................................... 177

15 May 1990 ......................................................................................... 179

17 May 1990 ......................................................................................... 184

Hansard - Index to issues raised in public h e a rin g s............................. 185

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RESOLUTION OF THE SENATE AGREED TO ON 9 MAY 1990

1. PARTICULARS OF PROPOSED ADDITIONAL EXPENDITURE 1989-90 -REFERENCE TO ESTIMATES COMMITTEES: The Minister for Industrial Relations (Senator Cook), by leave, moved—

(1) That the Particulars of Proposed Additional Expenditure for the Service of the year ending on 30 June 1990 in relation to the Parliamentary Departments, the Particulars of Proposed Additional Expenditure for the Service of the year ending on 30 June 1990 and the Particulars of Certain Proposed Additional Expenditure

in respect of the year ending on 30 June 1990 be referred to estimates committees for examination and report.

(2) That the committees consider Proposed Additional Expenditure in the estimates committees groupings agreed to by resolution of the Senate of 9 May 1990.

(3) That the committees report to the Senate on or before Monday, 21 May 1990.

(4) That, subject to the sittings of the Senate, the committees meet to hear evidence in accordance with the following schedule:

(a) Committees A, B and C - Monday, 14 May; (b) Committees D, E and F - Tuesday, 15 May; (c) as required, on Thursday, 17 May, and Friday, 18 May; and

(d) if required, on such other days as determined by the committees.

Question put and passed.

2. ESTIMATES COMMITTEE GROUPS

Estimates Committee A Parliament Industry, Technology and Commerce Prime Minister and Cabinet Treasury Finance

Estimates Committee D Administrative Services Employment, Education and Training Immigration, Local Government and

Ethnic Affairs

Estimates Committee B Foreign Affairs and Trade Defence

Estimates Committee C Social Security Arts, Sport, the Environment,

Estimates Committee E Transport and Communications Attorney-General Aboriginal Affairs

Community Services and Health

Tourism and Territories Veterans’ Affairs

Estimates Committee F Industrial Relations Primary Industries and Energy

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3. MEMBERSHIP OF COMMITTEES

Estimates Committee A

Senator Bishop Senator Bums Senator Childs (Chairman) Senator Short* Senator Walsh Senator Watson*

* Senators Archer and Chapman replaced Senators Short and Watson for the consideration of the estimates of the Department of Industry, Technology and Commerce.

Estimates Committee B

Senator Michael Baume* Senator Coates (Chairman) Senator Devereux Senator MacGibbon Senator Newman Senator Schacht

* Senator Bishop replaced Senator Michael Baume for the consideration of the estimates of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Estimates Committee C

Senator Peter Baume* Senator Cooney1 Senator Crowley (Chairman) Senator Giles2 Senator Reynolds Senator Sheil* Senator Walters*

* Senators Calvert, Crichton-Browne and Puplick replaced Senators Peter Baume, Sheil and Walters for the consideration of the estimates of the Department of the Arts, Sport, the Environment, Tourism and Territories.

1 Discharged 11 May 1990 2 Appointed 11 May 1990

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Estimates Committee D

Senator Black (Chairman) Senator Boswell Senator Maguire Senator Parer

Senator Teague Senator Zakharov

Estimates Committee E

Senator Colston (Chairman) Senator Cooney3 Senator Faulkner Senator Giles4

Senator Olsen Senator Panizza Senator Vanstone

Estimates Committee F

Senator Beahan (Chairman) Senator Brownhill Senator Chapman Senator Devlin

Senator Foreman Senator Tambling

1 Appointed 11 May 1990 2 Discharged 11 May 1990

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ESTIMATES COMMITTEE A

REPORT TO THE SENATE

May 1990

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ESTIMATES COMMITTEE ‘A’

REPORT TO THE SENATE

MAY 1990

E stim ates C om m ittee A p resen ts its re p o rt to th e S enate.

On 9 M ay 1990 th e Senate referred th e following m a tte rs to the Com m ittee:

. P a rtic u la rs of Proposed A dditional E x p en d itu re in respect of th e year en d in g on 30 J u n e 1990;

. P a rtic u la rs of C e rta in Proposed A dditional E xpenditure in respect of th e year ending on 30 J u n e 1990;

in relatio n to th e D epartm ents of Ind u stry , Technology and Commerce, Prim e M inister an d C abinet, T reasu ry a n d Finance; an d

. P a rtic u la rs of Proposed A dditional E x p en d itu re in respect of th e year ending on 30 J u n e 1990 in relatio n to the P a rlia m e n ta ry

D epartm ents.

The C om m ittee m et on 14 an d 17 M ay 1990 to exam ine these d e p a rtm e n ts’ estim ates. The Com m ittee h a s considered th e e stim a tes of th e d ep artm en ts utilising th e dep artm en tal explanatory notes. A t th e C om m ittee h earings the P a rlia m e n ta ry d epartm ents w ere rep resen ted by th e P resid en t of th e S enate (S enator th e H on. K erry W. S ibraa) and officers of the P a rlia m e n ta ry

dep artm en ts. The other d e p a rtm e n ts were rep re sen te d by th e M inister for Industry, Technology and Com m erce (Senator th e Hon. Jo h n B utton) a n d the P a rlia m e n ta ry Secretary to th e T re asu re r, S enator th e Hon. Bob M cM ullan, and officers of th e departm ents.

The C om m ittee’s M inutes of Proceedings are included in th is report. The H a n sa rd tra n sc rip ts of evidence ta k e n by th e Com m ittee concerning A ppropriation (P a rlia m en ta ry D epartm ents) Bill (No. 2) 1989-90, A ppropriation Bill (No. 3) 1989­ 90 a n d A ppropriation Bill (No. 4) 1989-90; a re tabled in the S enate w ith this

report.

The C om m ittee, from its exam ination of the estim ates, draw s to th e a tte n tio n of the S en ate th e following m atters:

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D ep artm en t of the S en ate

The S e n a te ’s A ppropriations

E stim ate s C om m ittee A rep o rted in N ovem ber 1989 on th e need to ensure th a t p roper procedures be followed for th e determ in atio n of a p p ro p riatio n s for the S enate. T he Com m ittee notes t h a t agreem ent h a s been reached on all m a tte rs th a t w ere in dispute a t th e tim e of the la s t round of C om m ittee h earin g s, w ith th e

exception of one item , a n appropriate level of funding for tem p o rarily vacant positions. The C om m ittee also notes t h a t next financial y e a r will be th e first year in w hich th e D epartm ent will conduct its operations in accordance w ith the ru n n in g costs system of budgeting.

The C om m ittee will m onitor these developm ents very closely a n d will expect a fu rth e r re p o rt during th e n e x t Budget h earin g s on w h eth er th is system proves to be a satisfactory m ethod of funding th e D e p a rtm en t’s operations.

P ay m en t for Security E q uipm ent

The C om m ittee is concerned th a t another u n au th o rised tra n sa c tio n h a s occurred w ith in th e P a rlia m e n ta ry departm ents. W hilst it is rea ssu rin g t h a t a n in struction h a s been given by th e C lerk concerning g re a te r care be ta k e n w h en m aking paym ents, p a rticu larly a n y th in g unorthodox or involving o th er dep artm en ts, the C om m ittee expects all th e P a rlia m e n ta ry d e p a rtm e n ts to scrupulously adhere to th e high sta n d a rd s of financial adm inistration th e P a rlia m e n t im poses on all other d ep artm en ts.

The question of th e level of consultation betw een th e P a rlia m e n ta ry dep artm en ts was raised during th e hearings. The C lerk of th e S en ate com m ented th a t th e users of system s being in stalled have to be involved to a fa r g re a te r e x te n t a n d have to be consulted to a fa r g re a te r extent about th e acquisition of eq u ip m en t and the in sta lla tio n of system s. On 18 M ay 1990, the P re sid e n t of th e S enate, S enator the Hon. K e rry S ibraa forw arded a letter a n d a tta c h m e n ts from th e S ecretary of the P a rlia m e n ta ry Reporting S ta ff to E stim ates C om m ittee A. In t h a t le tte r and atta ch m e n ts, M r Tem pleton took issue w ith th e C lerk of th e S en ate ab o u t the level of consultation. (L etter and attach m en ts are contained in A dditional Inform ation of E stim a te s Com m ittee A). The Com m ittee can only hope t h a t th e procedures p u t in place by the P residing Officers will p rev en t such incidents from happening again.

P arliam en tary R ep ortin g S taff

Staffing Difficulties

The C om m ittee is pleased t h a t action h a s been u n d e rta k e n to ad d ress th e problem of re c ru itm e n t and reten tio n of staff. The C om m ittee is also pleased th a t H ansard

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has addressed th e problem of technological change and looks forw ard to significant im provem ents in tim eliness an d q uality of h a n sard s and com m ittee tra n sc rip ts.

P arliam en tary Inform ation S ystem s Office

The P a rlia m e n ta ry Inform ation S ystem s Office came in for a g re a t deal of

criticism a t th e la s t round of h earin g s of E stim ates C om m ittee A. The Com m ittee will m onitor all th e procedures th a t have been p u t in place by PISO rela tin g to the em ploym ent of form er officers a s consultants, security of inform ation system s, reporting responsibilities an d th e m a tte rs arising out of th e unofficial account

operated by PISO . The Com m ittee will also follow up a n o th e r m a tte r re la tin g to the P a rlia m e n ta ry database.

Join t H ouse D epartm ent

B uilding D esign F a u lts

The num ber of design faults and defects in the N ew P a rlia m e n t H ouse not only continues to be a source of inconvenience to the occupants of th e building b u t some are causing operational inefficiencies which add to th e servicing costs of th e

building. Resolving m any of th ese problem s ap p ear to be cum bersom e a n d tim e consum ing involving num erous consultations betw een the J o in t H ouse

D epartm ent, th e P arliam en t H ouse C onstruction A uthority and th e original contractors. It is hoped these faults will not become a p e rm a n en t feature of th e building.

D epartm ent o f Industry, T ech n ology and C om m erce

Q uestions re la tin g to the following m a tte rs were raised d u ring the course of th e hearings an d und ertak in g s w ere given by th e M inister or officers of th e

d ep artm en t to provide fu rth e r inform ation:

. M otor Vehicle P la n

. M ulti Function Polis

. E xport M arket D evelopm ent G rants . M a tte rs relatin g to C oastal Surveillance a n d the

apprehension of illegal fisherm en

D epartm ent o f th e Treasury

Q uestions re la tin g to the following m a tte rs were raised during the course of the hearing and u n d ertak in g s w ere given by the P a rlia m e n ta ry Secretary to th e T re asu re r or officers of the d e p a rtm e n t to provide fu rth e r inform ation:

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OECD publications - release d ates

In d u stries Com m ission

- appointm ent of a ‘green’ com m issioner - fu tu re of th e In te rsta te com m issioners - n um ber of in q u iries and rela te d costs

Four-site consultancy services

T axation m a tte rs

- taxation advisory com m ittees - tax au d its

- lost re tu rn s - e sta te re tu rn s

Tax P ack M agazine

The C om m ittee noted w ith some concern th e m agazine en titled ‘T ax P ack ’ which h a s been produced for release to all A u stra lia n taxpayers. The provision of

inform ation to taxpayers is to be applauded b u t th e C om m ittee does n o t condone th e inclusion of m ate ria l th a t pre-em pts legislation c u rre n tly before the

P a rlia m e n t. R egardless of w h eth er or not th e legislation is likely to p ass both H ouses, th e p rem atu re publication of possible legislative changes derogates the role of P arliam en t.

D ep artm en t o f F inan ce

Q uestions relatin g to th e following m a tte rs w ere raised d u rin g th e course of the hearin g s an d und ertak in g s w ere given by th e P a rlia m e n ta ry S e c re tary to the T re a su re r or officers of the d ep artm en t to provide w ritten inform ation:

. A udit Office m a tte rs

. Assets reg ister

. M ethod of allocating ru n n in g costs to program s - reconciliation

betw een A ppropriation Item a n d P rogram budgeting form at.

G eneral M atters

Q uestions on Notice

As w ith all E stim ates hearings, m any questions w ere tak e n on notice. A num ber of a re a s w here questions w ere tak e n on notice have been outlined above. Due to th e very tig h t reporting deadline, it was n o t possible to list all questions tak e n on

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notice. The C om m ittee is m indful of th e recom m endation in th e Select C om m ittee on Legislation Procedures R eport (1 Decem ber 1988) w hich stated:

‘The report o f the Estimates Committees should include schedules of questions not answered at the time o f reporting, with a

recommendation to the effect that those questions are referred to the Senate for further consideration until they are answered. This would allow questions still unanswered at the time o f the committee o f the whole debate to be referred to at that time’.

The Com m ittee h a s therefore m ade such a recom m endation.

Perform ance Indicators

The Com m ittee comm ented on perform ance indicators in its la s t report. It was not appropriate to deal a t length w ith th e m atte rs raise d in th a t report d u rin g th is round of additional estim ates. It is th e in ten tio n of th e C om m ittee to follow up these m a tte rs a t th e Budget E stim ate s la te r this year.

M ain C om m ittee Room

Poor acoustics continue to be a m ajor problem in th e m ain com m ittee room. N ot only is i t difficult for the C om m ittee m em bers to h e a r w itnesses, H a n sa rd

reporters continue to operate u n d er considerable duress. F u rth e r, it is also very difficult for people sitting in th e room to follow th e proceedings. This problem has to b e rectified!

R ecom m endations

E stim ates C om m ittee A recom m end s th a t th e S en ate approve, w ithout

am endm ent or re q u e st for am endm ent, expenditure in accordance w ith additional estim ates considered by the C om m ittee a n d th a t m a tte rs raised in th is rep o rt be fu rth e r exam ined by the Senate.

E stim ates C om m ittee A recom m end s th a t all questions tak e n on notice by w itnesses a t th e C om m ittee’s hearin g s a n d not answ ered before the conclusion of the hearings be fu rth e r exam ined by th e Senate.

Bruce Childs (C hairm an)

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Reservations

R eservation by S en ators B ishop and W atson

By way of reservation, S e n a to rs Bishop and W atson recom m end t h a t th e refusal by th e P a rlia m e n ta ry S e c re tary to the T reasu rer, Senator Bob M cM ullan, to allow qeustions to be answ ered concerning the m inute p ap er p re p a re d by th e

D ep artm en t of Finance w hich purportedly costed th e Coalition’s Economic Action P lan be fu rth e r exam ined by th e Senate.

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' S e n a to r J.O.W . W atson

(on b e h a lf of Senators B ishop and W atson)

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P A R L I A M E N T O F A U S T R A L I A · T H E S E N A T E

SENATOR MICHAEL BAUME SENATOR FOR NEW SOUTH WALES

SHADOW MINISTER FOR ARTS, HERITAGE, SPORT A YOUTH AFFAIRS

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17 May 1990

Mr Peter Keele Secretary Estimates Committee A The Senate Parliament House CANBERRA 2600

Dear Mr Keele

By way of reservation I recommend that matters affecting the relevant Departments contained in the Auditor-General's Audit Report No 31 of 1989-90 tabled in the Senate after the Committee met be subject to further consideration by the Senate.

Yours sincerely

SENATOR MICHAEL BAUME

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SENATE

ESTIMATES COMMITTEE A

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

THE SENATE

ESTIMATES COMMITTEE ‘A’

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

PRIVATE MEETING

NO. 1

11 M ay 1990

1. MEETING: The Com m ittee m et in private session a t 2.10 p.m . in S en ate C om m ittee Room 18.

2. ATTENDANCE: S enators C hilds, B um s, W alsh a n d W atson.

3. ELECTION OF CHAIR: The Secretary called for nom inations for C h air of th e Com m ittee. S enator B u m s nom inated S e n a to r Childs a n d was seconded by Senator W alsh. T here being no o th er nom inations, S en ato r Childs w as declared elected a n d took the chair.

4. COMMITTEE RESOLUTION - AUTHORISATION TO PUBLISH DOCUMENTS: The C om m ittee au thorised th e publication of all docum ents presented to it in th e course of its hearings, and th e publication of w ritte n replies and other docum ents w hich m ay be forw arded to it a fter h earin g s have been completed. (Moved by S en ato r B urns, seconded by

S en ato r W alsh).

5. ADJOURNMENT: The C om m ittee adjourned a t 2.20 p.m.

CONFIRMED:

Bruce Childs (C hairm an)

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THE SENATE

ESTIMATES COMMITTEE ‘A’

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

PUBLIC HEARING

NO. 2

14 M ay 1990

1. MEETING: The Com m ittee m et in public session a t 3.33 p.m . in the M ain Com m ittee Room. The C hairm an, S e n a to r Childs, took th e C hair.

2. STATEMENT BY CHAIRMAN: The C hairm an reported th e resolution of th e Senate of 9 M ay 1990 referring m a tte rs to E stim ates Com m ittees, and m ade an opening statem ent.

3. PARTICULARS OF PROPOSED ADDITIONAL EXPENDITURE 1989-90; PARLIAMENTARY DEPARTMENTS

In A ttendance:

S en ato r th e Hon. K erry Sibraa, P re sid e n t of th e Senate, accom panied by the following officers:

D e p a rtm en t o f th e S en ate M rH . Evans M iss A. Lynch Ms M. Cornwell M r C. Elliott M r P. O’Keeffe M r J . V ander Wyk M r G. N ankervis M r R. Alison

Clerk of th e S en ate Deputy C lerk of th e Senate C lerk-A ssistant (Table) C lerk-A ssistant (Procedure) C lerk-A ssistant (Com m ittees) C lerk-A ssistant (M anagem ent) Principal P a rlia m e n ta ry Officer (M anagem ent) U sher of th e Black Rod

D e p a rtm en t o f th e P a rlia m en ta ry R e p o rtin g S ta f f M r J.W . Tem pleton M r B.A. H a rris M r R. McL. Jo h n sto n M r K.R. Ryder M r R .J. W alsh

S ecretary (Principal P a rlia m e n ta ry Reporter) Chief H a n sa rd R eporter Im plem entation M anager Leader of S ta ff (Senate) General M anager, P a rlia m e n ta ry Inform ation System s Office

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M r G.R. H arb er

M r P .J. W ard

M r J.L. G alb raith M r J.W .S. W alsh

M r B .J. Robinson

M r M .J. F arrelley

M anager, C om puters a n d Com m unications, P a rlia m e n ta ry Inform ation System s Office M anager, Client Services B ranch, P a rlia m e n ta ry Inform ation System s Office

M anager, Sound a n d Vision Office A ssista n t Secretary, C orporate M anagem ent B ranch D irector, Financial M anagem ent an d C ontracts

A dm inistration, C orporate M anagem ent B ranch A dm inistrative Officer

D e p a rtm e n t o f the P a r lia m e n ta r y L ib ra ry M r H. de S.C. M acLean P a rlia m e n ta ry L ib ra ria n M r M .J. B rudenall D eputy P arlia m e n ta ry L ib rarian

M r D. A rgali H ead, R esearch Services

Ms K. G ollan D irector, C orporate Services

J o in t H ouse D ep a rtm en t M r M. B olton S ecretary

M r F. B rad ley A ssista n t S ecretary (P roperty Services)

M r J. R a n k in A ssista n t S ecretary (Com mercial Services)

M r G. C oulston A cting A ssistant S ecretary (Corporate Services)

M r A. Guilfoyle C hief E ngineer

D e p a rtm e n t o f F inance M r A. H oitink

A docum ent entitled ‘Response to Issues R aised in th e R eport of S en ate E stim ate s Com m ittee A, Novem ber 1989’ was tab led and incorporated in th e H a n sa rd record. A docum ent entitled ‘Privacy issues p ertain in g to use of corporate services’ w as tabled.

The C om m ittee concluded its consideration of th e particu lars of proposed additional expenditure 1989-90 for the P a rlia m e n ta ry D epartm ents, subject to an u n d ertak in g by officers to provide additional inform ation to the Com m ittee.

4. PARTICULARS OF PROPOSED ADDITIONAL EXPENDITURE AND PARTICULARS OF CERTAIN PR O PO SED ADDITIONAL EXPENDITURE 1989-90; OFFICE OF THE OFFICIAL SECRETARY TO THE GOVERNOR-GENERAL

In A ttendance:

M r D. S m ith Official Secretary

M rs L. Law less D eputy Official Secretary

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C m dr P. L andon M ilitary S ecretary and C om ptroller to the

G overnor-G eneral

M r K. Morcombe A ssistant D irector (Awards an d System s)

M r C. Bell Senior Executive Officer

Ms E. S anderson A dm inistrative & Finance Officer

D e p a rtm e n t o f F in an ce M r G. M offatt

The C om m ittee concluded its consideration of th e proposed additional expenditure 1989-90 for the Office of th e Official S ecretary to th e Governor- G eneral.

5. PARTICULARS OF PROPOSED ADDITIONAL EXPENDITURE AND PARTICULARS OF CERTAIN PR O PO SED ADDITIONAL EX PEN D ITU R E 1989-90; D EPARTM ENT OF INDUSTRY, TECHNOLOGY AND COMMERCE

In A ttendance:

S e n a to r the Hon. J o h n Button, M in ister for Industry, Technology and Commerce, accom panied by the following officers:

M r N. Stevens D eputy S ecretary

Corporate Services Division M r R. Palfreym an F irst A ssista n t S ecretary

M r F. Kovachevich A ssistant

Branch

M r J . Beever A ssistant

Branch

Policy Division M r L. Russell A ssistant

B ranch

S ecretary, Resource M anagem ent

S ecretary, C orporate Inform ation

S ecretary, B usiness E nvironm ent

Heavy Industries Division M r B. Sam arcq A ssistant S ecretary, Resource Processing B ranch

M r J . McLucas G eneral M anager, N IES B ranch

M r R. McKeon A ssistant Secretary, Automotive, Pharm aceuticals and Biotechnology B ranch

L ight Industries Division D r M. F itzpatrick F irst A ssista n t S ecretary

M r R. Brown A ssistant S ecretary, Scientific E quipm ent, TCF

and G overnm ent P urchasing B ranch

M r P. Constable A ssistant S ecretary, Inform ation Industries

Branch

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M r G. Neil D irector, Inform ation In d u stry Offsets Section

International M r K. F ullgrabe A ssistan t S ecretary, A sia B ranch

Innovation M r M. F arrow F irs t A ssista n t Secretary

Building and Service Industies Ms M. G raham A ssista n t S ecretary, L and D evelopm ent and

H ousing B ranch

Bureau o f Industry Economics M r J . S tanford D irector

Patent, Trade M arks and Designs Offices Mr P. R ichards Acting Com m issioner of P a te n ts

M r I. M cCay A ssistan t S ecretary, Policy, P lan n in g an d Co­

ordination

M r H. D om an D irector P la n n in g and B udgeting

M r R. Cicchini A ssista n t D irector, P la n n in g a n d Budgeting

Anti-D umping Authority M r J . M cG uire Executive D irector

Automotive Industry Authority M r W. W ynne-H ughes Executive D irector M r P. W oodham Executive Officer

Australian Institute o f Marine Science Mr J . B aker D irector

National Standards Commission Mr J . B irch Executive D irector

Textiles, Clothing and Footwear Development Authority Mr D. M cC arthy C hief E xecutive

Ms H. Georgopolous Senior M anager, F inance a n d Legal

Commission for the Future M r P. E llyard E xecutive D irector

Australian M anufacturing Council Secretariat M r J . B urke

Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation M r R. B ak er M anager, B usiness A d m inistration

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Australian Customs Service M r F. Kelly Com ptroller-G eneral

M r D. O’Connor D eputy C om ptroller-G eneral

M r B. Docherty M anager, R esources and M an agem ent

Ms P. Bridge Director, B udgets and Accounting

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation Ms B. Heyde M r P. Langhorne M r B. G a rre tt M r R. Lockwood M r I. Lowth M r G. Thompsom

Principal S ecretary Director, C orporate Services G eneral M anager, C orporate F inance M anager, Resource B udgeting A ssistant M anager, Resource B udgeting Finance Officer, Resource B udgeting

Australian Trade Commission M r D. H u n ter M r J . B ennett M r R. Maxwell

M r D. F isher M r A. M cIntosh M r D. R ichard M r G. M cClelland M r B. Friend M r H. Cam pbell

M r R. A usserlechner

D eputy M anaging D irector M anager, C orporate Controls D ivision M anager, C orporate P lan n in g a n d Inform ation System s Division M anager, E xport, Finance an d In su ran ce Division M anager, In te rn a tio n a l O perations D ivision M anager, H u m a n Resources Division M anager, E xport G ran ts Division M anager, F inance an d A d m inistration Division M anager, Resources, Finance a n d A dm inistration Division Budgets and E stim ates Officer, F inance and A dm inistration Division

D e p a rtm e n t o f F in an ce M r D. W allace A ssistant S ecretary, T ra n sp o rt a n d In d u stry

Division

The Com m ittee concluded its consideration of th e proposed additional expenditure 1989-90 for the D e p a rtm en t of Ind u stry , Technology and Commerce, subject to a n u n d ertak in g by officers to provide additional inform ation to th e Com m ittee.

6. PARTICULARS OF PROPOSED ADDITIONAL EXPENDITURE AND PARTICULARS OF CERTAIN PR O PO SED ADDITIONAL EXPENDITURE 1989-90; DEPARTMENT OF PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET

In A ttendance:

S e n a to r the Hon. Jo h n B utton, M inister for Ind u stry , Technology and Commerce, accom panied by the following officers:

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D e p a rtm e n t o f the P rim e M in ister a n d C a b in et D r P. Shergold M r G. Nichols

M r P. M ussared M r W. Blick

Ms H. L’O range

M r P. V aughan

M r E. Ja m e s M r G. L in eh an M r D. M ylan

Acting D eputy Secretary F irs t A ssistan t S ecretary, Corporate Services Division

A ssista n t Secretary, C orporate Services Division F irs t A ssistan t S ecretary, P a rlia m e n ta ry and G overnm ent Division F irs t A ssistan t S ecretary, Office of th e S ta tu s of

W omen Acting F irs t A ssista n t Secretary, Office of

M u lticultural Affairs A ssistan t Secretary, Office of the C hief Scientist Senior F inance Officer F inance Officer

Public Service Commission M r A. K err D r G. Radford

Ms R. O xer

M r P. Jo n es Ms M. E dw ards M r R. H ard in g Ms B. W hite M r P. K aine Ms V. N ihas

D eputy Public Service Com m issioner P r in c i p a l A d v is e r, E q u a l E m p lo y m e n t

O pportunity U nit A ssista n t Com m issioner, SE S Selection and P lacem ent A ssista n t Com m issioner, S ta ff Developm ent A ssista n t Com m issioner, R ecruitm ent

Acting A ssistan t Com m issioner, Staffing D irector, C orporate S upport U nit A ssista n t D irector, Finance U n it M anager, SEP, J o in t T raining Council

Office o f National Assessments M r T. O’B rien Acting D eputy D irector-G eneral

M r D. T riffett C hief Executive Officer

M rs M. B ourke Senior Executive Officer

Office o f the Inspector General o f Intelligence and Security M r P. M oss P rincipal Executive Officer

Office o f the Commonwealth Ombudsman M r M. W illiam son Senior A ssistan t O m budsm an M r B. H ugg Executive Officer

Merit Protection and Review Agency M r P. Gifford D irector

M r T. T hornton R esources M anager

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A ustralian Science and Technology Council

M rs B. Quail

M r I. S hortt A ssistant S ecretary, Briefing and A dm inistration

Branch Executive Officer, A dm inistration

Resource Assessment Commission M r A. Nicholson Acting H ead of Office

M r G. Tom linson Acting D irector of A dm inistration

D e p a rtm e n t o f F in an ce

M s M. Dale

M r G. M offatt A ssistant S ecretary, C lassification M anagem ent

Branch A ssista n t F in a n c e O fficer, C lassificatio n

M anagem ent B ranch

T he Com m ittee concluded its consideration of the proposed additional expenditure 1989-90 for th e D epartm ent of th e Prim e M in ister an d C abinet, subject to an u n d e rta k in g by officers to provide additional inform ation to th e Com m ittee.

7. A D JO U R N M E N T : The Com m ittee adjourned a t 10.28 p.m.

8. A T T E N D A N C E : S e n a to r Childs (C hairm an), S enators A rcher, Bishop, B u m s , C hapm an, S h o rt and W alsh.

S e n a to rs Boswell, M ichael Baum e and T am bling also atten d ed .

CONFIRM ED:

Bruce C hilds (C hairm an)

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ESTIMATES COMMITTEE ‘A’

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

PUBLIC HEARING

NO. 3

17 M ay 1990

1. MEETING: T he Com m ittee m et in public session a t 2.05 p.m. in th e M ain C om m ittee Room. The C h airm an , S enator C hilds, took th e Chair.

2. PARTICULARS OF PROPOSED ADDITIONAL EXPENDITURE AND PARTICULARS OF CERTAIN PR O PO SE D ADDITIONAL EXPENDITURE 1989-90; THE TREASURY

In A ttendance:

S en ato r th e H on. R.F. M cM ullan, P a rlia m e n ta ry S ecretary to th e T reasu rer, accom panied by the following officers:

The T rea su ry M r J.A . F ra se r M r N.F. H yden

Ms L.M. Toohey

M r J . Coombe M r R.B. Wood M r J.M . H a rris

M r S.R. F ren ch

M r R. Renw ick M r R. E aton M r C. M ills

D eputy S ecretary (Economic) F irs t A ssistan t S ecretary, C apital M arkets

Division A cting A ssistan t S ecretary, Corporate Services B ranch A ssista n t Secretary, Fiscal Policy Division A ssista n t Secretary, Economic Division A dm inistrative Service Officer, S tru ctu ral Policy

Division A dm inistrative Service Officer, Fiscal Policy Division A dm inistrative Service Officer, Economic Division A cting D irector, C orporate Services B ranch A cting Corporate P la n n er, Royal A u stralian M int

Australian Taxation Office M r P. F o ster A cting F irs t A ssistan t Com m issioner, Policy and

L egislation Group

M r J . W heeler Senior A ssistan t Com m issioner, Child S upport

Group

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M r J . Ryan A cting A s s is ta n t C om m issioner, R evenue

Collection Group

M r M. D’Ascenzo M r T. Storey M s J . H urditch M r B. Jones M r P. Wilson M r C. Mobbs

A ssistan t Com m issioner, A udit G roup A ssistan t Com m issioner, Tax File N um ber A ssistan t Com m issioner, C lient R egistration A ssistan t Com m issioner, System s G roup A ssistan t Com m issioner, S ystem s G roup Acting A ssista n t Com m issioner, C orporate M anagem ent S upport B ranch

M r J. Phillips Acting E xecutive Officer, C orporate M anagem ent

Support B ranch

Insurance and Superannuation Commission M r R.M. B eetham Com m issioner, Insurance and S u p e ran n u a tio n

M r G.L. B um s M s D.A. H a rt M r N. Stuparich

Com m ission A ssistan t Com m issioner, C orporate Services D irector, C orporate Services A ssistan t Com m issioner, O perational S tan d ard s,

S u p eran n u atio n

M r M.D. O’Neill A ssista n t Com m issioner, B enefits Lim its,

S u p eran n u atio n

Industry Commission Mr T. Lawson First A ssista n t C om m issioner, Inqu iry and

E conom ic S tu d ies D ivision

Mr E. Beens D irector, F in a n ce and S erv ices S ectio n

Australian Bureau o f Statistics M r W. M cLennan D eputy A u stra lia n S tatistician

M r F. von Reibnitz F irst A ssista n t S tatistician , C oordination and

M anagem ent Division

M r T. Skinner F irst A ssista n t S tatistician , Social a n d Labour

Division

M r I. King A ssistant S tatistician , Resource M anagem ent

M s K. Duff Ms R. Gibbs

B ranch Director, F in an cial M anagem ent Section A ssistant D irector, F inancial M anagem ent

Section

D e p a rtm en t o f F in an ce M r E. Wojcik Acting C h ief F inance Officer, F inancial

M r M. McGovern

M anagem ent Division Senior F inance Officer

T he Com m ittee concluded its consideration of th e proposed additional expenditure 1989-90 for th e T reasury, subject to an u n d e rta k in g by officers to provide additional inform ation to the Com m ittee.

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3. PARTICULARS OF PROPOSED ADDITIONAL EXPENDITURE AND PARTICULARS OF CERTAIN PR O PO SE D ADDITIONAL EXPENDITURE 1989-90; DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE

In A ttendance:

S en ato r th e Hon. R.F. M cM ullan, P a rlia m e n ta ry S ecretary to th e T reasu rer, accom panied by the following officers:

D e p a rtm e n t o f F inance M r P .J. B a rre tt M r J.V. Gallow ay

M r S. B artos

M r I. M cPhee

D eputy S ecretary A ssistan t Secretary, Resource Policies and

M anagem ent B ranch A ssistan t Secretary, Science, A griculture a n d Resources B ranch A ssista n t Secretary, Public A dm inistration and A ccounting D evelopm ent B ranch

Commonwealth Task Force on Asset Sales M r B. L ennon D eputy C hairm an

Australian Government Retirement Benefits Office M r K .J. M cCullagh A cting A ssistan t Com m issioner, R esources

M anagem ent B ranch

M r R.R. Jack so n Acting D irector, F inance a n d Accounts

Australian National A udit Office M r G.M. W illiam s Acting Group D irector, G roup A M r E.M. H ay A cting Group D irector, G roup D

M r D.C. M cKean Senior D irector, R esource M anagem ent Section M r F.P. Cam pbell D irector, Finance Sub-Section

The C om m ittee concluded its consideration of th e proposed additional expenditure 1989-90 for th e D ep artm en t of F inance, subject to a n

u n d e rta k in g by officers to provide additional inform ation to the Com m ittee.

4. ADJOURNMENT: The Com m ittee adjourned a t 6.50 p.m.

5. ATTENDANCE: S enator C hilds (C hairm an), S enators Bishop, B u m s, S hort, W alsh and W atson.

S enators Boswell and T am bling also attended.

CONFIRMED:

Bruce Childs (C hairm an)

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THE SENATE

ESTIMATES COMMITTEE ‘A’

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

PRIVATE MEETING

NO. 4

17 M ay 1990

1. MEETING: The C om m ittee m et in p riv ate session a t 6.55 p.m . in the M ain Com m ittee Room. The C hairm an, S e n a to r Childs, took th e C hair.

2. REPORT ITEMS: The Com m ittee discussed possible item s for inclusion in th e report. The Com m ittee S ecretary w as in stru cte d to p rep are and circulate a d raft re p o rt for consideration by m em bers a t a p riv a te m eeting to be held on M onday, 21 May 1990.

3. ADJOURNMENT: The Com m ittee adjourned a t 7.05 p.m.

4. ATTENDANCE: S e n a to r B.K. C hilds (C hairm an), S en ato rs Bishop, B um s, S hort, W alsh and W atson.

CONFIRM ED:

B.K. C hilds (C hairm an)

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THE SENATE

ESTIMATES COMMITTEE ‘A’

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

PRIVATE MEETING

NO. 5

21 M ay 1990

1. MEETING: T he Com m ittee m e t in private session a t 12.45 p.m . in th e S e n a te Lobby.

2. ATTENDANCE: Senator Childs (C hairm an), S en ato rs B um s, W alsh and W atson.

Apologies: S enators Bishop a n d Short.

3. MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS: The Com m ittee endorsed th e M inutes of th e previous m eetings Nos. 1-4.

4. CONSIDERATION OF DRAFT REPORT: The C om m ittee considered th e C h a irm a n ’s d raft report to th e S enate.

O n b e h a lf of Senator Bishop, S en ato r W atson m oved th a t an am en d m en t to th e rep o rt be incorporated. The C om m ittee voted not to accept th e

am endm ent.

S en ato r B u rn s moved th a t th e C h airm an’s rep o rt be adopted; seconded by S en ato r W alsh. The rep o rt w as adopted w ith reservations by S enators Bishop, W atson and M. B aum e to be attached.

4. ADJOURNMENT: The C om m ittee adjourned a t 12.50 p.m.

CERTIFIED CORRECT:

B.K. Childs (C hairm an)

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ESTIMATES COMMITTEE A

INDEX TO ISSUES RAISED IN

PUBLIC HEARINGS

SENATE

ESTIMATES COMMITTEE A

TABLE OF CONTENTS FOR HANSARD OF HEARINGS

Monday, 14 May 1990

D EPARTM EN T O F THE S E N A T E

President's opening statement A2-3

Base level of funding A2-3

Unauthorised payment for security equipment A3-4

D EPARTM EN T O F THE P A R L IA M E N T A R Y L I B R A R Y A4

D EPARTM EN T O F THE P A R L IA M E N T A R Y R E P O R T IN G S T A F F

President's opening statement A4-5

Code of ethics for employment A5

Extra funding because of long session A5

Hansard printing changes A5

- savings resulting A5

- staffing changes resulting A5--6

Recruitment of new reporters A6

Alterations to staff conditions and structure A6-7 Effect of changes on Committee reporting A7

Response to issues raised in Nov 89 Estimates Committee report A7-14

J O I N T H OUSE D EPARTM EN T

President's opening statement A14

Undercharging for gas consumption A14-5

Energy audit A15

Improvements in energy consumption A15

Total energy cost for building A15,A26-7

Venetian blind failures A15-7,19

Defective building fittings A17

Maintenance status A17

Glass failures A17-19

Kitchens - closure and alteration A19-22,23,24

Security problems - pilfering Restructuring of members' dining room Exterior terrace blinds Wind on members' terrace Multiskilling in catering service Budget allocation for advertising Catering service subsidy Catering service staffing Main Committee Room acoustics

A22-3 A23 A24-5 A24-5 A25-6

A26

A27-8 A27 A28

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O F F IC E O F THE O F F I C I A L S E C R E T A R Y

G O V E R N O R -G E N E R A L

TO THE

Australian Honours System A29-30

D E PA R TM E N T O F I N D U S T R Y , TE C H N O LO G Y A N D COMMERCE

Multi function polis A31-2

Malaria joint venture A32-3

Pulp mill guidelines A33

Japan - Australian venture capital fund A33-4

Motor vehicle plan A34

- depreciation limit A34

- effective rates of protection A34-5,A36-7

- luxury vehicle tax A34-5

Cost of Australian cars A36-7

Waiting lists for cars A37

Tariff rates on imported cars A37-8

World automobile production A38

Telecommunications equipment - local content requirements A38-9

MFP contracts A39-40

Financing of MFP Australia research A40-1

Management investment scheme A41-2

Venture capital industry A42

Duty free entry of components A42

North West Shelf project A42-3

Program 2 - Customs Drug Interceptions Newcastle and Port Kembla night patrols Coastal surveillance Award of coastwatch contract Aerial coastal surveillance

Effect of pilots' strike Industrial allowance Federal Airports Corporation charges Anti dumping - provision of import information

Inspection of imported food

Program 3 - Austrade Claim levels and sizes Export market development grants (EMDG) Number of overseas offices EMDGs for therapeutic goods Closure of Middle East Austrade offices

- Impact on live sheep trade Cost of running offices Export market development grants program - cost EMDG - eligibility threshold

Influence on other departments Criticism of Austrade

A43 A43

A43-7 A46-7 A4 7 A47 A47-8

A48

A48-9 A49

A50-4 A50 A50 A50-1

A51 A51

A52,A54 A52-3 A53 A53-4

Program 5 - CSIRO Wage costs Award restructuring Efficiency dividend

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A55-6 A55 A55

Division of Animal Production - staff reductions A56 Funding of other divisions A57

BHP research co-operation program A57

Operation of SIROTECH A57

Plastic bank notes A57-8

National building technology centre A58-9

D EPARTM EN T O F P R IM E M I N I S T E R AND C A B I N E T

Program 1 : Policy Advising Appointment of Departmental Secretary Co-operative research centres program Australia prize

Program 2 - Government support services Security at Kirribilli and Admiralty House A63

Official establishments - maintenance and guarding A63

Program 4 - Special Sectoral Support Office of Multicultural Affairs - objectives A64-5,66 Community relations strategy A64-5

National Women's policy A65

Early detection of breast cancer program A65-6

Program 6 - Corporate services FOI A67

Advertising Costs A67

A60-3 A60-1 A61-2 A62-3

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SENATE

ESTIMATES COMMITTEE A

TABLE OF CONTENTS FOR HANSARD OF HEARINGS

Thursday, 17 May 1990

D E P A R TM E N T O F THE T R E A S U R Y

Program 1 Economic Policy Current economic conditions A70

OECD Economic surveys A70-2

Spread of superannuation A71-2

Evaluation of performance of economic policy division A72-3

OECD report - timing of publication A73-8

- Treasurer's awareness of contents A75-8 Strategic trade policy A78-9

Advertisement for research officers - time limit for applications A79

Expenditure restraint at Federal level A79-80

Use of consultants A80-1

Grants-in-aid - fax machines for Price Watch A81

Assistance for Australian Federation of Consumer Organisations, Australian Pensioners Federation A81-2 Price watch network - funding A83-4

Program 2 Payments to or for other levels of Government ACT self government - revenue derived from A84-5

- grants to A85

Territory funding - CPI variations A85-6

Program 7 Industry Commission Total costs associated with functioning A86

Number and detail of inquiries A86

Performance indicators A86-7

National management improvement program A86

"Green" commissioner - appointment A87-8,A89

Inter-State Commission - tenure of Commissioners A88-9 ISC - consultation re Industry Commission A89

Questions on notice - Small Business unit A90

- Business Regulation Review Unit A90

- IAC A90

- Prices Surveillance Authority A90

Program 5 Australian Bureau of Statistics Objectives A90

National Health Survey A90-1

Householder contact process A91-2

Four-sight consultancy service A92-4

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Program 6 Taxation Administration Tax liaison group Commissioner's Advisory Panel McKinsey report - recommendations Help section of ATO Uncertainty of tax law One page tax return for corporations Loss of staff to private sector

Proportion of corporate sector audited Proportion of private individuals audited Taxpayer education

Estate administration - problem with distribution of assets Approved funds Capital works and services, plant and equipment Loss of taix returns (Parramatta office) Modernisation project - saved salary expenses

Sales tax inquiries - accuracy of answers Speed of tax refunds Trade union coverage Tax pack brochure - anticipation of legislation Child support agency Child support payments - delays Child support agency - running costs Tax simplification exercise Taxation zone rebates review

D EPARTM EN T OF F IN A N C E

Use of the Advance to the Minister for Finance

Program 4 Retirement benefits Costing of coalition's economic action plan Running cost savings

Senate's decision on stamp allowance Level of legal payouts for retirement benefits Commonwealth superannuation scheme review - consultants Government business enterprises super schemes

Program 5 Specific payments and receipts activities Disaster relief Aerospace Technologies of Australia - lease of Avalon airport Assets register

Program 7 Australian National Audit Office EDP efficiency evaluation New audit act National wage costs - allocation to programs Performance audits Assets register Contract auditors Airlines dispute - audit of arrangements

entered into with airlines

A94 A94

A94-5 A95-6 A9 6 A96-7

A97

A97-8 A9 8 A9 9

A98-9 A99

A99-100 A100-1 A101-2 A101-2

A102 A102-3 A103-5 A105-7 A106-7

A107 A107 A107-8

A109

A109-11 Alll-2 A112-3 A113-4

A114 A114-5

A115-6

A116-8 A118-9

A119

A119-20 A120-1 A121 A121-2

A122

A12 3

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ESTIMATES COMMITTEE B

REPORT TO THE SENATE

MAY 1990

ESTIMATES COMMITTEE B

REPORT FOR AUTUMN SESSION 1990

1. On 9 May 1990 the Senate referred to the Committee:

. the Particulars of Proposed Additional Expenditure in respect of the year ending on 30 June 1990; and

. the Particulars of Certain Proposed Additional Expenditure in respect of the year ending 30 June 1990

relating to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Department of Defence.

2. The Committee has considered this expenditure, making use of the Explanatory Notes provided by the respective departments. The Committee received explanations of the Expenditure from Senator Bob McMullan representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Senator Gareth Evans; from the Minister for

Defence, Senator Robert Ray; and from officers of the departments or statutory authorities concerned.

3. Copies of the Minutes of Proceedings, the Hansard reports of the evidence taken, and a table of contents to the Hansard reports are tabled for the information of the Senate in connection with its consideration of the Appropriation Bills for additional expenditure for 1989-90. Written answers to questions taken on notice during the Committee's hearings will be tabled

separately in the Senate.

4. The Committee expresses its appreciation for the assistance of the ministers and the officers of the departments and authorities who appeared before it.

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5. An issue in the presentation of the Explanatory Notes requires attention by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. In the presentation of Australia's contribution to the funding of international organisations (Program Element 1.3), it would have been useful to have included more information in those

cases where the variation was for reasons other than simple exchange rate variations. Information could have included: Australia's share of the budget, how this share was determined,

the activities of each organisation in the previous year, and its plans for the coming year. The Committee further suggests that Program Element 3.2, dealing with the issue of passports, should also contain information on the revenue raised.

6. The question of outstanding monies owed to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade by some of its officers as the result of unacquitted cash advances was discussed in the public hearing. The Committee formed the view that the processes employed until recently by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to ensure prompt acquittal of advances and the recovery of related debt were less than satisfactory. The Department acknowledged that procedures had needed to be tightened up and that an instruction had been given that no officer will be issued with an advance until he or she has acquitted any that has

already been made. Consideration was also being given to a system of entitlements rather than advances. The Committee will monitor the new system.

7. The Committee notes with some concern the statement by a representative of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, that funding of security arrangements for Australian missions was insufficient to enable all posts to be brought up to departmental standards. (Program Element 4.4)

8. The Committee felt that the Explanatory Notes of the Department of Defence are disappointing as a vehicle for assessing program performance in terms of expenditure outlays. The Notes provided little explanation of the reasons for changes

in estimates for particular program elements compared with the voluminous amount of information on actual changes in the expenditure categories of the Appropriation Bills. The Department acknowledged that it has had some problems with the transition to program budgeting and assured the Committee that it will provide an improved presentation based on program format in the next Explanatory Notes.

9 . The Committee reiterates the view expressed in its report to the Senate in November 1989 on the need for a more self critical approach from departments in preparation of Explanatory Notes.

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10. Estimates Committee B recommends that the Senate approve expenditure in accordance with additional estimates considered by the Committee.

John Coates (Chair)

List of Reservations

Senator M. Baume,

Senator P. Durack

Senator J. Newman

17 May 1990

17 May 1990

17 May 1990

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Reservations

P A R L I A M E N T O F A U S T R A L I A · T H E S E N A T E

SENATOR MICHAEL BAUME SENATOR FOR NEW SOUTH WALES

SHADOW MINISTER FOR ARTS, HERITAGE, SPORT A YOUTH AFFAIRS

MEB:jr

17 May 1990

Mr Greg Austin Secretary Estimates Committee B The Senate Parliament House CANBERRA 2600

Dear Mr Austin

By way of reservation I recommend that matters affecting the relevant Departments contained in the Auditor-General's Audit Report No 31 of 1989-90 tabled in the Senate after the Committee met be subject to further consideration by the Senate.

Yours sincerely

SENATOR MICHAEL BAUME

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To: Mr Greg Austin, Secretary, Estimates Committee B From: Senator Peter Durack QC

I recommend that the following matter relating to the estimates of expenditure referred to the Committee be further examined by the Senate.

Defence portfolio programme 1, sub programme 1.2 (Navy). Refit of the HMAS Onslow and related questions.

May 17 1990

cc Senators Newman, M Baume, MacGibbon.

AUSTRALIA ,jL

P A R L I A M E N T O F A U S T R A L I A ■ T H E S E N A T E

SENATOR J OCELYN N E WMAN SENATOR FOR TASMANIA

SH A D O W MINISTER FOR VETERANS' AFFAIRS SHADOW MINISTER FOR DEFENCE SCIENCE AND PERSONNEL

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TO: Mr Greg Austin, Secretary Estimates Committee B

FROM: Senator Jocelyn Newman

I recommend that the following matters relating to the estimates of expenditure referred to the Committee be further examined by the Senate:

Foreion Affairs

* Program 1.3 UN Contributions - relating to Namibia.

Defence

* General Not sufficient explanation contained in the Explanatory Notes.

* Program 1.2 Management of funds not sufficient to adequately allow for the provision of recent announcement of women on naval ships.

Program 1.3 * Army involvement in UN peacekeeping activities - recovery of costs and payment of our contribution.

Program 1.3.5 * Increased expenditure in training resulting from variations in personnel levels.

* Program 1.4 Cost recovery required from Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade regarding the use of VIP RAAF aircraft.

* Program 4.4 The additional costs associated with the delayed production of the Steyr rifle.

* Program 4.5 $ 263,000 Reduction in guarding provided by Australian Protective services - to be congratulated.

* Program 5.2 The long term future of the ADF with regard to Overseas recruitment and citizenship - the effectiveness of the move and the impact it will have -on Defence expenditure.

* General The acceptance of answers to questions placed on notice to be raised.

cc Senators Durack, M Baume, MacGibbon

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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

THE SENATE

ESTIMATES COMMITTEE B

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

NO. 1

Monday 14 May 1990

1. MEETING: The Committee met in private session at 3.30 pm on 14 May 1990 in Senate Committee Room 14. The Committee Secretary took the chair.

2. ELECTION OF CHAIR: Senator Coates was nominated for the position of Chair and was elected.

3. PUBLIC MEETING: Following a short adjournment, the Committee met in public session at 3.35 pm in Senate Committee Room 14. The Chairman, Senator Coates, took the chair.

4. PARTICULARS OF PROPOSED ADDITIONAL EXPENDITURE 1989-90 - DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE

In attendance: Senator Bob McMullan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, representing Senator Gareth Evans, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, accompanied by the following officers:

Mr G.J. Forrester

Mr R.C. Smith

Mr C.R. Jones

Mr G.S. Wood

First Assistant Secretary, Corporate Management Division

First Assistant Secretary, Pacific, Africa, Middle East and South Asia Division

First Assistant Secretary, Disarmament, Security and Nuclear Division

First Assistant Secretary, Americas and Europe Division

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Dr A.L. Elek First Assistant Secretary,

Economic and Trade Development Division

Mr R.D. Sturkey Principal Adviser,

Asia North, East and South East

Division

Mr D .E . Kenyon Principal Adviser,

Multilateral Trade Division

Mr R.H. Wyndham Assistant Secretary,

Trade Strategy Branch

Mr J.E. Buckley Assistant Secretary,

Resources and Liaison Branch

Mr L.A. Rowe Assistant Secretary,

Cultural Relations Branch

Mr G . Conroy Assistant Secretary, East Europe Branch

Mr A.G.D. White Assistant Secretary, Consular and Passports Branch

Mr D. Connors Assistant Secretary,

Security and Communications Branch

Ms P.A. Wensley Assistant Secretary, East Asia Branch

Mr J.P.C. Sheppard Acting Assis t a n t Secretary,

International Organisations Branch

Mr G.J. Thompson Director, Budget and Resources Section

Mr G. Hunt Director, China Section

Mr E.S. Radclyffe Director, Passports Operations Section

Australian International Development Assistance Bureau

Mr J . Holloway Deputy Director General,

Policy, Planning and Management Division

Mr E. Huning Acting Assistant Director General,

Financial and Resource, Management Branch

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Mr R. Irwin

Mr T. Kanaley

Mr K. Aspinall

Mr T . Seddon

Mrs I. Tallos

Mr M . Wedd

Mr C. Doepel Assistant Director General,

International Organisations and Programs Branch

Assistant Director General, Pacific and Papua New Guinea Branch

Assistant Director General, Pacific and Papua New Guinea Branch

Assistant Director General, Contracts and Commercial Programs Branch

Manager Finance Operations, Finance, Accounting and Management Support Section

Estimates Officer, Finance, Accounting and Management Support Section

Assistant Estimates Officer, Finance, Accounting and Management Support Section

5. PARTICULARS OF PROPOSED ADDITIONAL EXPENDITURE 1989-90 - DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE

Mr R.N. McLeod

Mr D. Barrett Eyles

Mr R.H. Englund

Dr M.K. McIntosh

Deputy Secretary, Budget and Management

A/First Assistant Secretary, Management Improvement and Manpower Poicy Division

A/First Assistant Secretary, Human Resource Division

Deputy Secretary, Acquisition and Logistics

Air Vice-Marshal B.J. Graf Assistant Chief of Materiel, Air Force

Major-General J.C. Grey Assistant Chief of Defence Force - Logistics

Brigadier G.T. Salmon Director General of Materiel, Army

Cdre I. Homes A/Assistant Chief of Materiel, Navy

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Mr G.S. Jones First Assistant Secretary

Capital Equipment Program

Mr A .D . Powell First Assistant Secretary,

Facilities and Property Division

Mr P.G. Terrill First Assistant Secretary, Project Development and Communication

Mr D. Wood First Assistant Secretary,

Industry Policy and Operations

Dr P . Dibb Deputy Secretary, Strategic and Intelligence

Dr R.G. Brabin-Smith First Assistant Secretary, Force Development and Analysis Division

Dr R. Cottrill First Assistant Secretary,

International Policy

Mr A.G. Thompson First Assistant Secretary, Strategic and Policy Co-ordination

Mr H.A. d'Assumpcao Chief Defence Scientist

Mr P . Lush Assistant Secretary,

Science Corporate Management

Vice Admiral A.L. Beaumont Vice Chief of Defence Force

Air Vice-Marshall H.J. Roser Assistant Chief of Defence Force Personnel

Air Cdre J. Dunn Director General Recruiting

Brigadier D.L.H. Buring Director General Service Conditions

Rear Admiral K.A. Doolan Deputy Chief of Naval Staff

Mr G.H. Hansen Assistant Secretary,

Resources Planning, Navy

Major-General P.M. Jeffery Deputy Chief of the General Staff

Mr M.F. Taylor Acting Assistant Secretary, Resources Planning, Army

Air Vice-Marshal E.R. Radford Deputy Chief of the Air Staff

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Mr K . Moore Acting Assistant Secretary,

Resources Planning, Air Force

Mr M.H. Ives First Assistant Secretary,

Resources and Financial Programs Division

Mr R. Tonkin Assistant Secretary, Financial Programs

Mr F.H.B. Finlayson Acting Director, Budget Management

Mr W.L. Miller Estimates Officer, Budget Management

Mr W. Kirby-Jones General Manager, Defence Housing Authority

Cdre C.J. Littleton Director-General, Natural Disasters Organisation

6. ADJOURNMENT: The Committee adjourned at 11.00 pm.

7. ATTENDANCE: Senators Coates Devereux Schacht Newman

Bishop McGibbon Hill

Puplick Durack M . Baume

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THE SENATE

ESTIMATES COMMITTEE B

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

NO. 2

Thursday 17 May 1990

1. PUBLIC MEETING: The Committee met in public session at 1.00 pm in Senate Committee Room 14. Senator Coates took the chair.

2. PARTICULARS OF PROPOSED ADDITIONAL EXPENDITURE 1989-90 - DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE

Officers of the Department provided the Committee with replacements for pages 25, 28, 31, 37, 39, 60, 64 and 134 of Explanatory Notes. The Department explained that the calculations for average salary cost on each of those pages in the original Explanatory Notes contained errors of calculation.

Mr R.N. McLeod

Mr D. Barrett Eyles

Mr R.H. Englund

Dr M.K. McIntosh

Deputy Secretary, Budget and Management

A/First Assistant Secretary, Management Improvement and Manpower Poicy Division

A/First Assistant Secretary, Human Resource Division

Deputy Secretary, Acguisition and Logistics

Air Vice-Marshal B.J. Graf Assistant Chief of Materiel, Air Force

Major-General J.C. Grey

Brigadier G.T. Salmon

Cdre I . Homes

Mr G.S. Jones

Assistant Chief of Defence Force - Logistics

Director General of Materiel, Army

A/Assistant Chief of Materiel, Navy

First Assistant Secretary, Capital Eguipment Program

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A. D. Powell : A.D. Powell First Assistant Secretary, Facilities and Property Division

r P.G. Terrill First Assistant Secretary, Project Development and Communication

c D . Wood First Assistant Secretary,

Industry Policy and Operations

Dr P. Dibb Deputy Secretary, Strategic and Intelligence

r R.G. Brabin-Smith First Assistant Secretary, Force Development and Analysis Division

r R. Cottrill First Assistant Secretary,

International Policy

r A.G. Thompson First Assistant Secretary, Strategic and Policy Co-ordination

r H.A. d'Assumpcao Chief Defence Scientist

r P. Lush Assistant Secretary,

Science Corporate Management

ice Admiral A.L., Beaumont Vice Chief of Defence Force

.ir Vice-Marshall H.J. Roser Assistant Chief of Defence Force Personnel

.ir Cdre J . Dunn Director General Recruiting

trigadier D.L.H. Buring Director General Service Conditions

Lear Admiral K.A. Doolan Deputy Chief of Naval Staff

Ir G.H. Hansen Assistant Secretary,

Resources Planning, Navy

lajor-General P.M. Jeffery Deputy Chief of the General Staff

ir M.F. Taylor Acting Assistant Secretary,

Resources Planning, Army

M r Vice-Marshal E.R. Radford Deputy Chief of the Air Staff

Ir K . Moore Acting Assistant Secretary,

Resources Planning, Air Force

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Mr R. Tonkin

Mr F.H.B. Finlayson

Mr W.L. Miller

Mr W. Kirby-Jones

Cdre C.J. Littleton

Mr Μ.H. Ives First Assistant Secretary,

Resources and Financial Programs Division

Assistant Secretary, Financial Programs

Acting Director, Budget Management

Estimates Officer, Budget Management

General Manager, Defence Housing Authority

Director-General, Natural Disasters Organisation

3. ADJOURNMENT: The Committee adjourned at 6.00 pm

4. ATTENDANCE: Senators Coates Devereux Schacht Newman McGibbon

Durack M . Baume

Confirmed

John Coates (Chair)

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THE SENATE

ESTIMATES COMMITTEE B

MINUTES

Monday 21 May 1990

1. The Committee met at 1.50 pm in the Senate Lobby. Senator Coates took the chair.

2. The Committee approved on the resolution of Senator Michael Baume the draft report of Estimates Committee B in connection with additional appropriations for 1989-90.

3. The meeting adjourned at 2.00 pm.

Certified correct

John Coates (Chair)

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SENATE ESTIMATES COMMITTEE B

LIST OF ISSUES RAISED IN HEARINGS

SENATES ESTIMATES COMMITTEE B

LIST OF ISSUES RAISED IN HEARING

14 MAY 1990

DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE

Training of diplomatic staff Opening of Prague mission Redundancy program Beijing Embassy building

Pakistan High Commission building Cultural Counsellor - Washington Bonn Embassy Outstanding Advances - acquittal Mr Costello - Travel costs and use of Air Force

aircraft 19

Resignation rates 22

Overseas living allowance 22

New headquarters building 24

Refurbishing of current building 25

Incorporation of Trade Department into Foreign Affairs 25

International Organisations

GATT government procurement code 26

Trade development People's Republic of China and Taiwan 28

GATT budget 28

FAO Secretariat staffing 29

United Nations budget 30

UN - Namibia peacekeeping - Australian costs and repayments 30

UNESCO - Australian membership 32

OECD - receipt of reports 34

International Centre for the study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property 36

APECC and PECC 36

COCOM - Australian contribution 36

UN Observer Group in Central America 37

ANU Soviet and Eastern Europe Studies Program 37 Cambodia - Trust Fund for UN 38

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PNG - Budget assistance 40

Poland - food gift 41

Romania - emergency grant 41

AIDAB - Act of grace payment 42

Consular issues

Emergency assistance to Australians overseas 42 Repatriation of Australians - criteria 43

Death of Australians overseas 43

Passports - agency contract 44

Passports - costs 47

Passports - numbers held and losses 48

Australian missions - security 49

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE

Australian Defence Forces

ADF Command - savings 52

Higher Education Contribution provision 53

Training and doctrine 54

Joint Services Staff College - staff qualifications 55 Wrigley Report 55

Ferguson-Fitzgerald Report 55

Services Establishment 57

School cadets 59

Recruitment - Navy 60

Women in the Navy 60

Recruitment - Army 64

Recruitment - Air Force 64

Training Costs 65

Overseas recruitment 65

Management initiated early retirement 67

Performance pay 67

Compression of pay rates 68

Advertising 69

Secondary education allowance 69

Drug taking 70

Discharges for drug taking 72

Navy

HMAS Onslow refit - tenders 72

Collins Class submarines 76

British Aerospace Harrier 2GR7 77

Navy ammunition depot Jervis Bay - EIS 77

Fleet Base - preferred site 81

Navy - handling of imported ammunition 83

Beecroft Peninsula - delays to exercises 84

Hire of New Zealand A4 aircraft 85

Voyager claims 85

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LIST OF ISSUES RAISED IN HEARING

17 MAY 1990

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE

Navy-

Mine countermeasures 88

HMAS Darwin - repairs 89

HMAS Westralia - fuel ballast 89

Army

Northern Australia - relocation studies 90 Chinook helicopter 90

Helicopter platform 91

Low level contingencies - manpower requirements 92 Cambodia - peace keeping 94

UN Nambia force - costs 94

Head of Corps - relocation 95

Training costs ' 95

Suicide at Kapooka 96

Recruit training 96

Ferguson-Fitzgerald Report 97

DCP revenues 97

Redundancy payments 98

Air Force

AEW program 99

Operation Immune 99

Operation Immune - aircraft costs 100

Landing charges 104

Cancelled activities 104

Defence travel during Operation Immune 105 Cost variations - capital works, weapons 105 Operation Immune - cost recovery 106

Equipment repair and overhaul 107

Capital Equipment

Mirage sale - contract 108

Steyr rifle 110

Hamel 105 110

Frigate project 112

Sale of Defence properties 115

Australian Construction Services fee 115

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ADF redundancies 116

DFRDB Navy overpayment 116

Reduction in contributions 117

Defence Support

Deakin offices - outfitting 118

Tindal houses 118

Defence Housing Authority - loan funds 119 Department of Defence rent 120

Tenants' rental subsidy 120

Defence Cooperation

Staff College - overseas students 120

Overseas placements with Defence Force 121

Defence Production

Annual reports 121

Auditor General comments 122

Garden Island Dockyard 123

St Mary's Munitions Filling Factory 123

Australian Defence Industries - provision for employee liabilities 124

ADI - restructuring costs 125

Defence Science and Technology

Overseas recruitment 126

Staff - professional development 126

ARL - fiftieth anniversary 126

DSTO - staff levels 127

Austrlain Protective Services 127

Defence Corporate Services

Defence expenditure - priorities 128

Capital gains tax 130

Internal complaints procedure 131

Reduction in civilian staff 131

Sanderson Report 133

Fringe benefits tax 133

Australian Property Group fees and rent reductions 134

D e f e n c e F o r c e R e t i r e m e n t a n d D e a t h B e n e f i t s

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ESTIMATES COMMITTEE C

REPORT TO THE SENATE

May 1990

ESTIMATES COMMITTEE C

REPORT TO THE SENATE

Estimates Committee C presents its Report to the Senate.

INTRODUCTION

1. On 9 May 1990 the Senate referred to the Committee:

. the Particulars of Proposed Additional Expenditure for the Service of the year ending on 30 June 1990; and

. the Particulars of Certain Proposed Additional Expenditure in respect of the year ending on 30 June 1990

relating to the Departments of Veterans' Affairs, Community Services and Health, Social Security, and the Arts, Sport, the Environment, Tourism and Territories.

2. The Committee met on 14 and 17 May 1990 to examine these departments' estimates. The Committee has considered the estimates of the departments making use of the Explanatory Notes provided by the respective departments. The Committee received explanations of the expenditure from the Minister for Justice and Consumer Affairs, Senator the Hon. M.C. Tate, the Minister for

Social Security, Senator the Hon. G.F. Richardson and the Minister for Shipping and Aviation Support, Senator R.L. Collins, and from officers of the departments concerned.

3. Copies of the Minutes of Proceedings, the Hansard reports of the evidence taken by the Committee and a table of contents to the Hansard reports are tabled for the information of the Senate in connection with its consideration of Appropriation Bill

(No. 3) 1989-90 and Appropriation Bill (No. 4) 1989-90. Written answers to questions taken on notice during the Committee's hearings will be tabled separately in the Senate.

DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS

Performance indicators

4. The Committee draws attention to the failure of the Department of Veterans' Affairs to present performance information relating to its objectives or to present, as it promised on page one of its Explanatory Notes that 'program

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elements seeking additional funds should provide clear performance information to serve as a realistic basis for judgements on their effectiveness'.

5. The Committee further notes that it is not a satisfactory defence to say that an explanation of the performance indicators may be found in another Estimates Committee examination.

Hospital Waiting Lists

6. During the Committee's examination of the estimates it emerged that some confusion appeared to exist on how hospital waiting lists were compiled. It was not clear whether waiting lists represented patients actually waiting for places in

hospitals (and compiled by the hospitals), or patients seen by doctors and placed on doctors' waiting lists.

The Committee recommends that a description of how hospital waiting lists are compiled be provided.

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY SERVICES AND HEALTH

Family Planning

7. The Department of Community Services and Health apparently had not set priorities on a nationwide basis for access, particularly in non-capital city areas of the country, to family planning programs. The Committee recommends that the Department

set priorities for funding for access to family planning programs in regional centres and rural areas.

Family Medical Program

8. The Committee draws attention to discourtesy shown by the Department of Community Services and Health to the Parliament in that it communicated by letter to Doctors in the Family Medical Program about a change in policy without any announcement to the Parliament or the public.

DEPARTMENT OF THE ARTS, SPORT, THE ENVIRONMENT, TOURISM AND TERRITORIES

Australia Council

9. On 2 March 1990 the Australia Council made a news release in which comments were made concerning the proposal by the Coalition Parties to abolish the Council, and a claim was made by the Council that the Shadow Minister had 'misled both the Australian people and his own Party'. The Committee is of the view that statements of party political opinion should not be canvassed in news releases of government agencies.

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PARTICIPATION RATE OF WOMEN IN SENIOR MANAGEMENT

10. At the Estimates Committee C Hearings lists of senior officers were provided to assist Senators at the hearings. It was noted that the following table reflects the participation of women in senior management positions within the four departments

and their relevant statutory authorities.

Department of Community Services and Health 8/32 25%

Department of Social Security 4/22 18%

Department of Veterans' Affairs 4/25 16%

Department of the Arts, Sport, the 5/44 11% Environment, Tourism, and Territories

11. While it is acknowledged that additional estimates may not necessarily require the attendance of all senior management, it is interesting to note that departments appearing before Estimates Committee C each recorded a women-in-senior-management participation rate higher than the overall SES rate for all departments of 9.9%. (See Public Service Commission, 'Senior Executive Service, 1984-89', Senior Executive Staffing Unit Occasional Paper No. 7, January 1990, table 1, p .15.).

12. In view of the Public Service Act, section 22B, requiring eighty-three agencies to report to the Public Service Commissioner on their EEO programs, it is suggested that departments provide figures on women's participation rates at all estimates committees hearings.

RECOMMENDATIONS

13. Estimates Committee C recommends that the Senate approve, without amendment or request for amendment, expenditure in accordance with additional estimates considered by the Committee and that matters raised in this report be further examined by the

Senate.

14. The Committee further recommends that all questions taken on notice by the witnesses at the Committee's hearings and not answered before the conclusion of the hearings be further examined by the Senate.

15. The Committee recommends that matters affecting the Departments of Veterans' Affairs, Community Services and Health, Social Security, and the Department of the Arts, Sport, the Environment, Tourism and Territories, which are contained in the Auditor-General's Audit Report No. 31 of 1989-90 tabled in the

Senate on 17 May 1990, be subject to further consideration by the Senate.

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

16. The Committee expresses its appreciation for the assistance given by the Ministers and the officers of the Departments who appeared before it.

Rosemary Crowley Chair

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Reservation

ESTIMATES COMMITTEE "C" REPORT TO THE SENATE

RESERVATION BY SENATOR M.S. WALTERS

I recommend that the following matters relating to the estimates

of expenditure referred to the Committee be further examined by

the Senate.

Questions which were not answered, and questions which were not

answered adequately, at the hearings of the Committee.

Questions for which answers were to be subsequently provided.

Questions for which answers were subsequently seen to be

unsatisfactory.

Written answers to questions.

Matters in respect of which further information was to be

provided.

Further information provided by ministers and departments.

Proposed expenditure by the Departments of Veterans' Affairs,

Community Services and Health and Social Security in relation to

additional appropriations.

M.S. Walters

Senator for Tasmania

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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

THE SENATE

ESTIMATES COMMITTEE C

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

NO. 1

MONDAY 14 MAY 1990

1. MEETING: The Committee met in private session at 3.35 p.m.

in Committee Room No. 16.

2. ELECTION OF CHAIR: The Secretary called for nominations in

accordance with standing order 26(5), and, on the

nomination of Senator Peter Baume, Senator Crowley was

elected to the Chair.

3. PUBLICATION OF DOCUMENTS - AUTHORISATION: On the motion of

Senator Peter Baume, it was resolved -

That the Committee authorises the

publication of all documents presented to it

in the course of its hearings, and

authorises the publication of written

replies and other documents which may be forwarded to it after hearings have been

completed.

4. ORDER OF EXAMINATION OF ESTIMATES: The Committee agreed to

examine departments in the following order, and to call on

proposed expenditure by programs:

Department of Veterans' Affairs Department of Community Services and Health

Department of Social Security Department of the Arts, Sport, the Environment,

Tourism and Territories.

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5. ADJOURNMENT: The Committee adjourned at 3.36 p.m.

6. ATTENDANCE: Senators Peter Baume, Calvert, Giles, Puplick,

Sheil and Walters.

Apologies: Senators Crichton-Browne, Crowley and Reynolds.

Confirmed:

Rosemary Crowley

Chair

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THE SENATE

ESTIMATES COMMITTEE C

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

NO. 2

MONDAY 14 MAY 1990

1. MEETING: The Committee met at 3.40 p.m. in Committee Room

No. 16. Senator Crowley took the Chair.

2. STATEMENT BY CHAIR: The Chair made a statement relating to

the procedure to be followed by the Committee in its

examination of the estimates.

3. PARTICULARS OF PROPOSED ADDITIONAL EXPENDITURE 1989-90 -

DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS:

In Attendance; Senator the Hon. M.C. Tate, Minister for

Justice and Consumer Affairs, representing the Minister for Veterans' Affairs, accompanied by the following officers:

DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS

Mr Keith Lyon Deputy Secretary

Mr Greg O'Connor Acting National Program Director, Corporate Services

Mr Richard Bear Assistant Secretary, Budget Branch

Mr Chris Harding Director, Budget Branch

Mr Gary Webb Assistant Secretary, Systems Facilities

Mr John Quinn Director, Gallipoli Task Force 1990

Ms Kay Grimsley Acting National Program Director, Benefits

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Mr Patrick Callioni Assistant Secretary, Compensation and Review

Mr Maurie Galt Acting Assistant Secretary, Income Support

Mr Jim Dalton Assistant Secretary, Benefits Planning and Management Branch

Mrs Felicity Barr Assistant Secretary, Housing Assistance

Mr Fred Woodhouse Principal Registrar Veterans' Review Board

Mr Tony Ashford National Program Director, Health

Mr Mike Goldstein Principal Adviser, Treatment

Mr Bill Maxwell Assistant Secretary, Hospital Services

Ms Alison Turner Assistant Secretary, Community Health Care

Mr Bruce Manning Assistant Secretary, Health Program Administration

Mr Graham Thom Assistant Secretary, Hospital Funding

Mr Ric Marshall National Director, Vietnam Veterans Counselling Service

Mr Graham Clark Acting Assistant Secretary, Health Information Systems

Mr Arthur Edgar Assistant Secretary, Hospital Transfer

Mr Don Taggart Australian War Graves

Mr Keith Pearson Director, Australian War Memorial

Mr John Pearson Assistant Secretary, Administration Branch

Mrs Jean Byrne Project Officer, Budget Branch

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DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE

Mr G. Dixon Assistant Secretary, Social Welfare Branch

The Chair called on for consideration the following programs:

Program 1 - Benefits

Program 2 - Health

Program 3 - War Graves

Program 4 - Corporate Services

Program 5 - War Memorial

and non-program specific variations.

Together the expenditure in these programs comprised the

following divisions: 219, 220, 221, 839.

The Committee concluded its consideration of the proposed

additional expenditure for the Department of Veterans'

Affairs, subject to an undertaking by the Minister and

officers to provide additional information to the Committee.

4. PARTICULARS OF PROPOSED ADDITIONAL EXPENDITURE 1989-90 -

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY SERVICES AND HEALTH:

In Attendance: Senator the Hon. M.C. Tate, Minister for

Justice and Consumer Affairs, representing the Minister for

Community Services and Health, accompanied by the following

officers:

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY SERVICES AND HEALTH

Mr Mick Roche Deputy Secretary

Dr Tony Adams Chief Medical Advisor

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Mr Barry Wight First Assistant Secretary, Child Care

Ms Judy Blazow Assistant Secretary, Child Care Strategic Planning and Management Branch

Ms Mary Murnane First Assistant Secretary, Aged and Community Care

Mr Mark Johnson Residential Policy and Evaluation Branch

Mr Bruce Barling Director, Financial Management and Support Section

Mr Raino Perring Director, Program and Policy Development Section

Mr Ian McNeil First Assistant Secretary, Health Care Access

Ms Margaret Ford Principal Advisor, Health Care Access

Ms Joan Lipscombe Assistant Secretary, Health Care Strategies Branch

Mr Doug Limbrick Assistant Secretary, Accommodation and Services Branch

Mr Tim Field Assistant Secretary, Public Housing and Policy Branch

Ms Sue Pickering Assistant Secretary, Home Ownership Branch

Mr Terry Slater First Assistant Secretary, Health Advancement

Ms Fiona Howarth Principal Advisor, Health Advancement

Dr Jeff Harmer First Assistant Secretary, Disability Programs

Mr Jeff Whalan Assistant Secretary, Disability Accommodation and Management Branch

Dr John Loy First Assistant Secretary, Health Research and Services

Mr Peter Pflaum First Assistant Secretary, Therapeutic Goods Administration

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Dr Brewster Ashley Assistant Secretary, Drug Evaluation Branch

Dr David Graham Assistant Secretary, Compliance Branch

Mr Ian Campbell First Assistant Secretary, Corporate Services

Mr Brian Macdonald Assistant Secretary, Budgets and Planning Branch

Mr Ian Bigge Director, Budget Management Section

Ms Marie Coleman First Assistant Secretary, Policy Development

Mr Ian Wingett Assistant Secretary, Program Support and Development Branch

Australian Institute of Health

Mr Ron Harvey Head of Health Services Division

Ms Christine Fuso Head of Corporate Services

Health Insurance Commission

Mr Robert Wilcox General Manager

Mr Ken Hazel Assistant General Manager, Medicare

Mr Darryl Lapsley Acting Assistant General Manager, Finance and Planning

DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE

Mr J. Elridge Acting Assistant Secretary, Health and General Branch

The Chair called on for consideration the following

programs s

Program 1 - Health Advancement Program 3 - Residential Care for Older People Program 4 - Assistance for People with Disabilities

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Program 6 - Health Care Access

Program 7 - Housing

Program 9 - Corporate Management

and non-program specific variations.

Together the expenditure in these programs comprised the following divisions: 200, 201, 204, 830, 831, 832.

The Committee concluded its consideration of the proposed

additional expenditure for the Department of Community-

Services and Health, subject to an undertaking by the

Minister and officers to provide additional information to the Committee.

5. PARTICULARS OF PROPOSED ADDITIONAL EXPENDITURE 1989-90 - DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SECURITY:

In Attendance: Senator the Hon. G.F. Richardson, Minister

for Social Security, accompanied by the following officers:

DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SECURITY

Mr D. Volker Secretary

Mr J. Humphreys National Manager, Systems

Mr D. Stanton First Assistant Secretary, Performance and Control

Mr C. Butel First Assistant Secretary, Program Delivery

Mr A . Law First Assistant Secretary, Computing Applications

Mr J. Wadeson First Assistant Secretary, Computing Facilities

Mr B. Godfrey First Assistant Secretary, Resource Management

Mr M. Sassella Principal Adviser, Legal Services Group

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Ms M. O'Loughlin Acting First Assistant Secretary, Social Policy

Ms P. Kelly Acting Assistant Secretary, Budget Policy and Co-ordination

Mr C. Foster Assistant Secretary, Retirement and Family Policy

Mr T . Murphy Executive Manager, Privacy Fraud and Control

Ms J . Raymond Assistant Secretary, Disability Programs

Ms C. Zanetti Assistant Secretary, Sole Parent Programs

Mr S . Spooner Assistant Secretary, Labour Market and Research

Mr I. Carnell Acting Executive Manager, Programs Delivery Division

Mr A. Herscovitch Assistant Secretary, Evaluation and Planning

Dr D. Edgar Director, Australian Institute Family Studies

Mr J. Moore Assistant Secretary, Resources

Mr G. Deeper Director, Economic Analysis and International

Mr P . Conn Director, Resource Estimates and Planning

Mr J. Wills Executive Assistant

DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE

Mr J . Elridge Acting Assistant Secretary, Health and General Branch

The Chair called on for consideration the following

programs:

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Program 3 - Income Security for the Unemployed and Sick

Program 5 - Provisions for Special Circumstances

Program 6 - Corporate and Other Services

and non-program specific variations.

Together the expenditure in these programs comprised the

following divisions: 560, 561, 948.

The Committee concluded its consideration of the proposed

additional expenditure for the Department of Social

Security, subject to an undertaking by the Minister and

officers to provide additional information to the

Committee.

ADJOURNMENT: The Committee adjourned at 12.07 a.m. on

Tuesday, 15 May 1990, until 11.30 a.m. Thursday, 17 May

1990, when the Committee will call on the Department of the

Arts, Sport, the Environment, Tourism and Territories.

ATTENDANCE: Senators Crowley (Chair), Peter Baume, Giles,

Reynolds, Shell and Walters. Senators Alston, Harradine,

O'Chee, Patterson and Tambling also attended.

Confirmed:

Rosemary Crowley Chair

THE SENATE

ESTIMATES COMMITTEE C

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

NO. 3

THURSDAY, 17 MAY 1990

1. MEETING: The Committee met at 1.34 p.m. in Committee Room

No. 16. Senator Crowley took the Chair.

2. PARTICULARS OF PROPOSED ADDITIONAL EXPENDITURE 1989-90 -

DEPARTMENT OF THE ARTS, SPORT, THE ENVIRONMENT, TOURISM AND

TERRITORIES

In attendance: Senator the Hon. G.F. Richardson, Minister

for Social Security, representing the Minister for the

Arts, Sport, the Environment, Tourism and Territories,

accompanied by the following officers:

DEPARTMENT OF THE ARTS. SPORT. THE ENVIRONMENT. TOURISM AND

TERRITORIES

Mr Tony Blunn, AO, Secretary

Sport and Recreation

Mr Jim Ferguson

First Assistant Secretary, Tourism, Sport and Recreation

Mr Steve Arnaudon

Assistant Secretary, Sport and Recreation

Australian Sports Commission

Mr Perry Crosswhite

Acting Executive Director

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Mr John Barker

Manager, Finance and Services

Australian Drug Sports Agency

Mr Steve Haynes

Chief Executive Officer

Mr Norm Grimmond

Tourism

Mr Jim Ferguson First Assistant Secretary, Tourism, Sport and Recreation

Mr Ray Spurr

Assistant Secretary, Tourism Policy

Australian Tourist Commission

Mr Tony Thirwell

Managing Director

Antarctic

Mr Rex Moncur

Director

Territories

Mr Graham Dempster First Assistant Secretary, Corporate Management, Information

and Territories

Mr Keith Fairbrother Assistant Secretary, Territories Division

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National Capital Planning Authority

Mr Lyndsay Neilson

Chief Executive

Mr Paul Carmody

Secretary and Manager

Arts

Ms Cathy Santamaria

First Assistant Secretary, Arts, Film and Cultural Heritage

Australia Council

Mr Max Bourke

General Manager

Film and Television

Ms Cathy Santamaria First Assistant Secretary, Arts, Film and Cultural Heritage

Mr Ron Brent

Acting Assistant Secretary, Film

Australian Film Commission

Ms Cathy Robinson

Chief Executive

Mr Bob Noble Assistant General Manager, Corporate Services

Cultural Heritage and Information

Ms Cathy Santamaria First Assistant Secretary, Arts, Film and Cultural Heritage

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Mr Darryl McIntyre

Director, Museums

Australian National Gallery

Mr Greg Andrews

Administrator

Australian National Maritime Museum

Mr Gavin Fry

Deputy Director

Mr Quentin Howarth

Manager, Resources

National Film and Sound Archive

Mr Graham Gilmour

Director

National Library of Australia

Mr Warren Horton

Director-General

Mr Peter Batho

Manager, Finance and Resources

National Museum of Australia

Ms Kaye Dal Bon

Acting Director

National Science and Technology Centre

Dr Michael Gore

Director

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Mr Gary Bullivant

Business Manager

Conservation

Mr Nelson Quinn

First Assistant Secretary, Conservation

The Supervising Scientist and the Alligator Rivers

Region Research Institute

Mr Bob Fry

Supervising Scientist

Mr Dom Cottom

Head, Management Services

Natural Environment

Ms JoAnne Di Sano

First Assistant Secretary, Natural Environment

Mr Rod Holesgrove

Acting Assistant Secretary, Natural Resources

Ms Katherine Campbell

Director, Programs and Coordination

Mr Wayne Fletcher

Acting Director, Natural Heritage

Australian Heritage Commission

Mr Gerard Early

Acting Director

Dr Robert Bruce

Assistant Director, Register

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Australian National Parks and Wildlife Service

Dr Peter Bridgewater

Director

Mr Jim Crennan

Principal Executive Officer

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

Mr Peter Ottesen

Assistant Executive Officer

Corporate Services and Information Co-ordination

Mr Graham Dempster

First Assistant Secretary, Corporate Management, Information

and Territories

Mr David Anderson

Acting Assistant Secretary, Portfolio Co-ordination

DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE

Mr V. Cassimatis

Administrative Officer, Class 8, Culture and Aboriginals

Branch

The Chair called on for consideration non-program specific variations.

3. At 4.19 p.m. the Chair ruled that questions relating to

individual persons would be considered out of order.

4. Senator Crichton-Browne moved a dissent from the Chair's

ruling.

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Private Meeting

5. At 4.20 p.m. the hearing was adjourned and the Committee

met in private session to debate the Chair's ruling.

Presents Senator Crowley (in the Chair)

Senator Calvert

Senator Crichton-Browne

Senator Giles

Senator Puplick

Senator Reynolds

In Attendances Senator the Hon. G.F. Richardson

6. After discussion of the Chair's ruling, Senator Crichton-

Browne withdrew his dissent.

7. The Chair then withdrew her ruling, and made a new ruling,

that questions which mentioned the names of individuals who

were currently the subject of testing processes for drug

abuse, or in the appeal processes arising from such

testing, would be considered out of order.

8. The private meeting adjourned at 4.44 p.m.

9. At 4.45 p.m. the examination of estimates resumed.

10. At 6.30 p.m. the Committee adjourned for dinner.

11. At 8.05 p.m. the Committee resumed its examination of the

estimates.

In Attendance: Senator the Hon. R.L. Collins, Minister for Shipping and Aviation Support, accompanied by the officers

listed above at item 2.

The Chair called on for examination non-program specific

variations, and the following programs:

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Program 2 - Tourism

Program 4 - Territories

Program 7 - Cultural Heritage and Information

Program 8 - Conservation

Program 9 - Natural Environment

Program 10 - Corporate Services and Information

Together the expenditure in these programs comprised the

following divisions: 135, 136, 138, 139, 141, 142, 143,

144, 145, 147, 149, 150, 152, 153, 155, 811, 812, 813.

The Committee concluded its consideration of the proposed

additional expenditure for the Department of the Arts,

Sport, the Environment, Tourism and Territories, subject to

an undertaking by the Minister and officers to provide

additional information to the Committee.

12. ADJOURNMENT: The Committee adjourned at 9.55 p.m.

13. ATTENDANCE: Senators Crowley (Chair), Calvert, Crichton-Browne, Giles, Puplick and Reynolds. Senators Michael

Baume, Peter Baume, Boswell and Hamer also attended.

Confirmed:

Rosemary Crowley

Chair

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THE SENATE

ESTIMATES COMMITTEE C

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

NO. 4

MONDAY 21 MAY 1990

MEETING: The Committee met in private session at 12.40 p.m.

in Committee Room No. 12. Senator Crowley took the Chair.

REPORT: The Committee considered its draft report and

approved it provisionally, with final approval being

delegated to the Chair after amendments had been

incorporated.

MINUTES: The Minutes of the Meetings of the 14 and 17 May

(Nos. 1, 2 and 3) were approved on motion by Senator

Puplick.

ADJOURNMENT: The meeting adjourned at 1.20 p.m.

ATTENDANCE: Senators Crowley (Chair), Peter Baume, Calvert,

Crichton-Browne, Giles, Puplick, Reynolds, Sheil and

Walters.

Certified correct:

Rosemary Crowley

Chair

ESTIMATES COMMITTEE C

INDEX TO ISSUES RAISED IN

PUBLIC HEARINGS

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SENATE

ESTIMATES COMMITTEE C

Index to Hansard

Monday, 14 May 1990

Pages

Chair's Opening Statement......................................1

DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS

Advertising.................................................... 2

Performance indicators relating to programs................ 2-3

Former Prime Ministers - maintenance of graves and memorials.................................................... 3

Structural efficiency principle determination.............. 3-4 Gallipoli project funding..................................... 4

Program 1 - Benefits

Performance indicators .................................. 5-7

Program 2 - Health

HIV precautions........................................ 7,8

Incidence of HIV positive veterans.......................7

Hepatitis C testing at Repatriation General Hospital, Hobart..................................... 7-8

Performance indicators................................. 8-9

Access to hospitals - waiting lists.................. 9-11

Construction of surgical and diagnostic facilities at Repatriation General Hospital, Concord............ 11

Demand levels for medical and health services.......... 11 Nursing home services for veterans.................. 11-12

Maintenance of patients in non-departmental institutions.......................................... 12

Independent Monitoring Committee - restoration......12-13 Breakdown of fees charged by the Australian Construction Service.................................. 14

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Program 3 - War Graves

Performance indicators...................................13

War graves construction work not completed.......... 13-14 Commemorations which identify women.................... 14

Program 4 - Corporate Services

Performance indicators............................... 14-15

Recruitment of departmental medical officers........... 15 Transfer of staff from Department to Australian War Memorial.......................................... 15

Program 5 - War Memorial

Computer based collections system - project slippage............................................... 15

Administration building - prolongation costs....................................... 15-16, 19-20

Performance indicators............................... 15-17

Contribution of Australian women to military history................................................ 17

War crimes research - recognition of insignia from World War II.....................................17

Costs of road repairs within War Memorial grounds -responsibility..................................... 17-18

Official war history - funding for writing publication.........................................18-19

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY SERVICES AND HEALTH

Overseas doctors - qualifying exams..........................21

Services to clients...........................................21

Health insurance..............................................21

Child care services........................................21-22

Program 1 - Health Advancement

Alcohol and drug abuse............................... 22-23

Australian National Council on AIDS (ANCA) -restructure........................................ 24-26

HIV infection risk in prisons........................26-27

Statistics for HIV infections in Australia..... 27-28, 33 Confidentiality in HIV testing.......................28-29

Cost of film produced by Film Australia for National AIDS Day 1989................................ 29

Funding for families of medically-acquired HIV infected people.................................... 30-31

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31-32 Regional family planning services..... Abuse of substances other than alcohol, tobacco and illegal drugs.................... 32-33, 34

Indemnities for blood transfusion services in respect of transmission of HIV.......................33

HIV testing of sperm, tissue and blood donors...... 33-34 Solvent abuse - education campaigns.................34-35

Family medicine program trainees............ 35-38, 40-41 WHO-UNICEF code of marketing of breast milk substitutes - breaches............................38-40

Mobile breast screening.............................41-42

Education kits........................................ 4 2

Royal Newcastle Hospital study on patients on the methadone program......................... 42-43

Hepatitis B incidence...............................43-44

Australian Institute of Health surveys................ 44

Program 3 - Residential Care for Older People

Deficit funded nursing homes - unfunded annual leave and sick leave liabilities used to calculate cost structure......................... 44-46

Program 4 - Assistance for People with Disabilities

Spending transferred from certain Acts to the Disability Services Act...................... 46-48

Vocational services for people with disabilities.... 48-51 Psychiatric disabled people - inclusion as eligible group under the Disability Services Act.....51

Program 6 - Health Care Access

Hospital funding grants................................. 54

Heath Insurance Commission -Financial management and administration........55-61 Market research................................. 55-57

Doctors' incomes figures................................ 61

Medicare and pharmaceutical benefits records........61-63 Vocational arrangements for general practitioners......63 Registration of medical practitioners............... 63-66

Program 7 - Housing

First home owners scheme.............................67-68

Mortgage and rent relief.............................68-69

Supported accommodation assistance program............. 69

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Program 9 - Corporate Management

Therapeutic Goods Administration Laboratories -Expenditure......................................... 69

Assessors........................................... 69

DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SECURITY

Income security programs - information material............. 72

Child poverty.............................................. 72-73

Young homeless allowance...................................73-78

Education kits and information programs...................76,78

Program 3 - Income Security for the Unemployed and Sick

Rehabilitation assistance for students..................79

Benefits for disabled sole parents...................79-80

Program 5 - Provisions for Special Circumstances

Counter staff training............................... 80-81

Employment of people from non-English speaking backgrounds......................................... 80-81

Program 6 - Corporate and Other Services

Computer equipment/review of computer service centres............................................. 81-82

Mainframe computer centre, Melbourne................ 82-84

Remote Aboriginal communities - community agents scheme/agency contracts.....................84-87

North Australian Development Unit.......................87

Christmas Island - social security requirements........ 88 Compensation and legal expenses......................... 88

DEPARTMENT OF THE ARTS, SPORT, THE ENVIRONMENT TOURISM AND TERRITORIES

The consideration of the additional estimates for the Department of the Arts, Sport, the Environment, Tourism and Territories is contained in Estimates Committee C Hansard of 17 May 1990. An index of that Hansard will be included in Volume 1 of the additional written replies for Estimates Committee C, May 1990.

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ESTIMATES COMMITTEE D

REPORT TO THE SENATE

May 1990

ESTIMATES COMMITTEE D

REPORT TO THE SENATE

E stim ates Committee D presents its report to the Senate.

INTRODUCTION

1. On 9 May 1990 the Senate referred to th e Com m ittee, for

exam ination and report, the P a rticu lars of Proposed Additional E xpenditure for the Service of the Year E nding on 30 Ju n e 1990 and the P articu lars of C ertain Proposed Additional Expenditure in respect of the Year E nding on 30 J u n e 1990 in respect of the following D epartm ents:

A dm inistrative Services

Em ploym ent, Education and Training

Im m igration, Local Government and E thnic Affairs

2. The Committee h a s considered these estim ates together with the

departm ental Explanatory N otes and has received evidence from the M inister for A dm inistrative Services, S enator the Hon. Nick Bolkus, and officers of the departm ents and authorities concerned. Copies of the M inutes of Proceedings and

H ansard reports of the evidence taken by the Com m ittee are tabled for the inform ation of the Senate in connection with Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 1989-90 and Appropriation Bill (No. 4) 1989-90. F u rth er w ritten inform ation provided by

the D epartm ents will be tabled in a volume of additional inform ation.

DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES

3. The Committee recommends th a t the S enate approve, w ithout

am endm ent or request, expenditure in accordance with the additional estim ates considered by the Committee.

4. The Committee recom m ends th a t the subject m a tte r of all questions

taken on notice by witnesses a t th e Com m ittee hearings, as listed in the Appendix to th is report, be subject to fu rth e r exam ination by the Senate.

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5. The m atte rs set out below were am ong those raised by Committee

m em bers and o ther Senators a t the Committee's hearing. T he Com m ittee recom m ends th a t these m atters be subject to fu rth e r exam ination by the Senate.

the sale of government houses in D arw in;

th e omission of two items of expenditure, to talling more than $5 million from the Budget estim ates;

progress with the establishm ent of a n autonom ous regional office of the department in D arwin;

th e preferred tender process for D efence housing in the N orthern Territory;

the future use of the 2 1/2 m ile tra n s p o rt depot and workshop in Darwin;

th e operation of the A ustralian G overnm ent Publishing Service during parliam entary non-sitting periods;

th e cost and operation of mobile polling facilities in the

N orthern Territory;

Electoral Office procedures for m aintenance of the electoral rolls and for taking account of reports of m ail returned

following bulk mailouts.

Electoral Commission’s counting of S en ate votes on polling day and the publication on polling day of th e progressive count of S enate votes.

DEPARTMENT OF EMPLOYMENT, EDUCATION AND TRAINING

6. The Com m ittee recommends th a t the S en ate approve, without

am endm ent or request, expenditure in accordance with th e additional estim ates considered by th e Com m ittee.

7. The Com m ittee recommends th a t th e subject m a tte r of all questions

tak en on notice by w itnesses a t the Committee hearings, as listed in th e Appendix to th is report, be subject to further examination by the S enate.

8. The m a tte rs set out below were am ong those raised by Committee

m em bers and o th er S enators at the Com m ittee’s hearing. The Committee recom m ends th a t th ese m atters be subject to fu rth e r exam ination by th e Senate.

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the targets for commencing and total s tu d e n t loads;

the circulation of the docum ent "A F a ir C hance for All";

publication of Streetw ize Comix issue no. 18;

visits by schoolchildren to P a rlia m e n t House under the Citizenship Visits Program ;

m anagement of the English L anguage Intensive Courses for Overseas S tudents (ELICOS) program .

DEPARTMENT OF IMMIGRATION, LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND ETHNIC AFFAIRS

9. The Committee recommends th a t the S e n a te approve, without

am endm ent or request, expenditure in accordance w ith th e additional estim ates considered by the Committee.

10. The Committee recommends th a t the subject m a tte r of all questions taken on notice by witnesses a t the Committee hearings, as liste d in the Appendix to this report, be subject to further exam ination by th e S en ate.

11. The m atters set out below were among those raised by Committee

members and other Senators a t the Com m ittee’s hearin g . The Committee recommends th a t these m atters be subject to further ex am ination by the Senate.

recent changes to im m igration regulations;

establishm ent of the B ureau of Im m igration Research;

objectives of the D epartm ent of In d u stria l Relations with regard to the A ustralian population;

the sale of houses owned by the D e p a rtm e n t in Darwin;

issue of visas and/or entry perm its to pilots entering Australia to work in the A ustralian airline tra n s p o rt industry.

OPERATION OF NEW SENATE ESTIMATES COMMITTEE PROCEDURES

12. Standing Orders now provide, in effect, th a t no ite m m ay be debated during consideration of the Appropriations Bills by th e C om m ittee of the Whole unless it h as been recommended for furth er ex am ination by an Estim ates

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Committee. On th is occasion the time available between th e C om m ittee’s hearing and the Senate debate on th e Appropriation Bills was less th a n one week. It was clearly impossible for the M inister and his officers to provide answ ers to m any of the questions taken on notice in advance of preparation of th is report. For this reason, the Com m ittee chose to recommend further exam ination of th e subject m atter of all questions tak e n on notice by the M inister and his officers.

13. The C om m ittee expects th at, in a period of sittings of norm al length,

most or all of the questions taken on notice would be answ ered before the

Appropriations debate. If such answ ers had been available, th e n um ber of m atters recommended for fu rth e r exam ination would have been considerably reduced. The Committee points out th a t answ ers to some of the questions recom m ended for further exam ination are likely to be available between the date th e Committee adopts this report an d th e Appropriations debate in the S enate. L ittle or no further exam ination of those m atters may be required.

14. Some questions from Senators related to general m a tte rs or to

program s for which no additional funding had been sought. A ppropriate officers were not always p rese n t to answ er such questions. Because the Com m ittee was examining additional estim ates and in view of the new procedures, th e C hairm an ruled on several occasions th a t questions of this nature should be tak e n on notice. He ruled similarly in respect of some questions seeking inform ation on individual cases.

GENERAL

15. The C om m ittee notes th a t the Explanatory Notes in program format for the additional estim ates contain the agreed minimum of detail. While the Committee would not expect to see a repetition of detailed program performance information such as is provided in the Explanatory Notes for th e Budget

estim ates, it would be helpful if those departm ents which have recently developed or changed their perform ance indicators included th a t inform ation. T his would enhance the focus of the estim ates scrutiny system on significant issues of program outputs and outcomes.

John Black C hairm an

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Reservations

RESERVATION BY SENATOR TAMBLING

Senator Tam bling added the following reservation to the report.

A t the Com m ittee’s hearing on 15 May 1990, I raised the m a tte r of the sale of Im m igration houses in Darwin. Senator Bolkus, the M in ister representing the M inister for Im m igration, Local Government and Ethnic A ffairs, said:

The m atte r h as been referred to the A ustralian F ederal Police to ascertain w hether there h as been a conspiracy to defraud the C om m onw ealth and a question of possible civil action against the v a lu e r for professiona] negligence will also be considered should no charges be laid by th e AFP. In the light of th a t it m ight be very hard to canvass any o f the issues relating to those program s (H ansard, p.D63).

The M inister undertook to examine w ritten questions an d supporting

docum entation, which I passed to him, and to advise w h e th e r he would be prepared to answ er the questions. The M inister’s Office su b seq u en tly informed th e Secretary of the Com m ittee th at the M inister had considered th e questions and concluded th a t he should not answer them.

I note th a t the Committee has recommended this m atter for fu rth e r examination by the Senate. I endorse th a t recommendation.

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PA R LIA M EN T O F A U S T R A L IA · THE SENATE

SENATOR MICHAEL BAUME SENATOR FOR NFW SOUTH WALES

SHADOW MINISTER FOR ARTS, HERITAGE, SPORT A YOUTH AFFAIRS

MEB:jr

17 May 1 9 9 0

Mr Peter Hamburger Secretary Estimates Committee D The Senate

Parliament House CANBERRA 2600

Dear Mr Hamburger

By way of reservation I recommend that matters affecting the relevant Departments contained in the Auditor-General' s Audit Report No 31 of 1989-90 tabled in the Senate after the Committee met be subject to further consideration by the Senate.

Y o u rs s i n c e r e l y

SENATOR MICHAEL BAUME

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Appendix

ESTIMATES COMMITTEE D

QUESTIONS TAKEN ON NOTICE, 15 MAY 1990

Department of Administrative Services

1. Sen Teague D3 r Budget for 1989-90 for newspaper,

magazine, radio, TV advertisements

2. Sen Tambling D5 r Number of departmental houses vacant in Darwin since 1/11/88

3. Sen Tambling D6 r Discussions with media concerning the policy, procedures, for acquisition of property in Darwin by DILGEA

4. Sen Tambling D7 1 How long certain government houses in

Darwin were unoccupied

5. Sen Parer D7 r Cost of government rental of

commercial accommodation in Canberra

6. Sen Parer D8 1 Additional costs for which the

government is responsible in Tuggeranong office park development

7. Sen Parer D8 r Series of 14 questions on Russell

Hill incinerator

8. Sen Parer DIO 1,r Cleaning, refurbishment of Trade Commission quarters, Vancouver - extent and costs (ANSWERED IN PART p. 12)

9. Sen Parer Dll r ACTEW depot, Tuggeranong - ACS fee,

reasons for commission, etc.

10. Sen Tambling D12 r Proportion of consultancy work Jan-Jun controlled by NT office

11. Sen Tambling D12 r Proportion of consultancy work for NT projects (eg 2 Cav) through Adelaide office or Adelaide consultants

12. Sen Tambling D13 1 Choice of contractors for RAAF base Tindal

13. Sen Tambling D13 r ACS used for defence housing purchases in NT

14. Sen Tambling D13 r Reasons for difference in cost between NT housing contracted by Commonwealth, NT governments

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15. Sen Tambling D13 r Current situation in NT with regard to firefighting services

16. Sen Tambling D15 1 $61.97m NT capital works program achievable

17. Sen M . Baume D17 r Highest bid made at St Mary's land

auction

18. Sen Tambling D18 1 Discussions with NT government over long-term use of Darwin transport depot

19. Sen Teague D23 r Party breakdown of travel, overtime

costs of members, senators

20. Sen Teague D23 r Number, composition of extra

"office-holder" staff positions

21. Sen Teague D23 r Amount spent on overseas travel by

each Minister since 1 July 1989

22. Sen Parer D24 r Numbers, positions, of ministerial

and shadow ministerial staff; comparison with end 1982; ministerial consultants, payments now and 1982; NMLS staff details and comparison with 1982 GIU

23. Sen Parer D26 1 Cost of running 1990 elections etc

with breakdown of wages, materials, advertising

24. Sen Teague D26 r Percentage of Senate vote determined on election night

25. Sen Tambling D27 r Costs of mobile polling facilities in remote and Aboriginal communities

26. Sen Teague D31 r Cost met by Electoral Commission of

Streetwize Comix no. 18

27. Sen Teague D33 1 Government response to PHCA report, Project Parliament

28. Sen M. Baume D34 1 Questions to PHCA addressed to Joint House Dept, Estimates Committee A, concerning equipment failure, breakdown e t c .

29. Sen Tambling D36 1 Use of consultants, costs, tasks in purchasing seminars

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QUESTIONS TAKEN ON NOTICE, 15 MAT 1990

Department of Employment, Education and Training

1. Sen Teague D38 1 3-year evaluation plan

2. Sen Teague D39 1 Next meeting of higher education

statistics collection consultative group

3. Sen Teague D39 1 Reductions in requests for higher

education statistics

4 . Sen Teague D39 1 Trend in transfer rates between

institutions

5. Sen Teague D40 1 Objective measures of outcomes of

Dawkins reforms

6. Sen Teague D40 1 Reduction in courses meeting needs of

local communities? If so, impact on training

7. Sen Teague D40 1 AVCC claim that clawback of funds for

ARC has damaged university research infrastructure - quantification of damage

8. Sen Teague D40 1 Consultative procedures re proposed Charter of Acacademic Freedoms

9. Sen Teague D40 1 Financial plight of ELICOS colleges

10. Sen Teague D40 r Discussion document about funding differentials between former universities and former CAEs (DUE MID-YEAR)

11. Sen Teague D40 r A fair chance for all -

why circulated in limited way on 16/3; why delay in publishing; why lack of substantial comment on rural, isolated groups

12. Sen Teague D42 1 Position of Youth Bureau in getting

its message across to the Department

13. Sen Teague D42 1 Funding for Streetwise

comics in this financial year; for no. 18; editorial responsibility; copies 1-17, Austudy one, subsequent publications

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14. Sen Tambling D4 2 r Circulation details of the comics

15. Sen Tambling D43 1 Explanation of category ratings of various NT colleges; recogniton of the special circumstances of the NT

16. Sen Teague D44 1 Details of funding for rural hostels

17. Sen Teague D44 1 Students visiting Parliament scheme - why organised solely with House of Reps

18. Sen Teague D44 r Breakdown of costs by school of

students visiting Parliament scheme

19. Sen Maguire D44 r Number of schools outside of NSW, Vic

which have taken advantage of scheme

20. Sen Teague D45 r Reason for absence of Ministers at

inauguration of University of Canberra

21. Sen Teague D46 1 Evaluators chosen for subprogram 2.2; anticipated completion date; intention to make public

22. Sen Teague D48 1 5-year profile of number of Chinese

students entering Australia

23. Sen Teague D48 r AVCC progress in selecting scholars

for 1990 following Garnaut report recommendations

24 . Sen Teague D50 1 Budget for newspaper, magazine, radio and TV advertising

25. Sen Tambling D51 r Comment on Audit reports re Abstudy

26. Sen Tambling D51 r Reports into alleged misuse of public money through DEBT Darwin

27. Sen Tambling D51 r Changes in DEBT staffing Darwin

28. Sen Tambling D51 r Problems experienced by Aboriginal students attending various NT colleges; concern at DEBT Darwin administration

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QUESTIONS TAKEN ON NOTICE, 14 MAY 1990

Department of Immigration, Local Government and Ethnic Affairs

1. Sen Parer D52 r Budget for newspaper, magazine, radio

and TV advertising

2. Sen Teague D53 r Clarification of the reinstatement of

Immigration Review Panels

3. Sen Teague D54 1 Negotiations with Minister over Joint

Committee on Migration Regulations

4 . Sen Teague D56 1 Change in numbers of Chinese students

coming to Australia since October announcement; comparative figures over last 24 months

5. Sen Teague D56 r Comparative overstay rates of Chinese

students before and after October 1989 change in regulations; number of nationals from China in Aust in June 1989 who have returned to China

6 . Sen Teague D56 r Minister's attitude to making all

reports relevant to his portfolio public

7. Sen Teague D58 1 Reason!s) why Mr Ron Brown is no

longer departmental secretary; number of other senior departmental officers leaving at the same time; was any pressure applied; SES staff taking leave since Mr Brown's departure

8. Sen Teague D59 r Copy of bulletin from Bureau of

Immigration Research

9. Sen Teague D62 r Agreement between Aust, Thai

Governments re persons from Cambodia in Thai camps ? How many letters sent from immigration officers in Bangkok, and in respect of whom; Australian officer access to interview persons

10. Sen Jenkins D64 r Non-mandatory deportation orders since 19 December; policy on giving deportation order advice to Federal Police

11. Sen Jenkins D65 1 Cost of the reviews of the Migration

Act to date

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12. Sen Jenkins D65 1 Number of visas issued to

professional airline pilots between August and 19 December 1989 and since; classes of visas/permits issued; costs of processing those visa applications

13. Sen Jenkins D65 r Fate of fingerprints taken in 1947 from migrants arriving on SS Asturias

14 . Sen Chapman D66 r Officers processing BMP applications in Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Athens, Damascus

15. Sen Chapman D66 r Average annual cost of each BMP

officer

16 . Sen Chapman D66 r Average no. of BMP applications per week

17. Sen Chapman D66 r Average no. of BMP applications finalised in last 6 months

18. Sen Chapman D67 1 Average length of time taken to

finalise BMP applications

19. Sen Chapman D67 1 Number of outstanding applications 6 months ago

20. Sen Chapman D67 1 Number of outstanding applications now

21. Sen Tambling D67 1 Cost of repatriating illegal fishermen

22. Sen Teague D68 r Grants in aid to ethnic communities

23. Sen Teague D69 1 Which grants were announced to

communities by MPs

24 . Sen Teague D70 1 Reason for variation in

administrative expenses in US offices

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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

THE SENATE

ESTIMATES COMMITTEE D

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

NO. 1

TUESDAY 15 MAY 1990

1. MEETING: The Committee met in private session at 3.35pm in the Main Committee Room.

2. ELECTION OF CHAIRMAN: The Secretary called for

nominations for the position of Chairman. Senator Black was nominated by Senator Maguire. There being no other nominations, Senator Black was declared elected as Chairman.

3. PUBLICATION OF DOCUMENTS: The Committee resolved:

the Committee authorises the publication of all documents presented to it in the course of its hearings, and authorises the publication of written replies and other documents which may be forwarded to it after hearings have

been completed.

4. APPOINTMENT OF DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: The Chairman appointed Senator Maguire as Deputy Chairman in accordance with Standing Order 26(6).

5. ADJOURNMENT: The Committee adjourned at 3.38pm.

6. ATTENDANCE: Senators Black (Chairman), Maguire, Parer, Teague, Zakharov.

CONFIRMED:

John Black Chairman

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ESTIMATES COMMITTEE D

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

NO. 2

TUESDAY 15 MAY 1990

1. MEETING: The Committee met in public session at 3.40pm in the Main Committee Room. Senator Black took the Chair.

2. PARTICULARS OF PROPOSED ADDITIONAL EXPENDITURE 1989-1990: DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES. The Committee commenced its consideration of the Proposed Additional Expenditure of the Department of Administrative Services.

In attendance was Senator the Hon. Nick Bolkus, Minister for Administrative Services, accompanied by the following officers:

Department of Administrative Services -

Executive General Managers (EGM) Mr H . Jacka, Executive General Manager, Property Services Program Mr C. McAlister, Executive General Manager, Sales and

Services Program Mr P. Taylor, Acting Executive General Manager, Government and Corporate Services Program

Finance and Corporate Affairs Mr G. Bashford, Acting General Manager Mr R. Lansdowne, Acting Assistant General Manager, Financial Policy and Corporate Planning

Australian Property Mr R. Divett, General Manager Mr W. Peel, Assistant General Manager, Estate Services Branch Mr R. Williams, Assistant General Manager, Estate

Management Branch Mr R. Hoy, Assistant General Manager, Accommodation Services Branch Mr G. Weir, Assistant General Manager, Business

Management Branch

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Overseas Property Mr J. Mackay, Acting General Manager Mr D. Wilson, Assistant General Manager, Overseas Construction and Services

Australian Construction Services Mr I. Woonton, General Manager, Project Services Mr J. Kent, General Manager, Asset Services Mr J . Forestier, Acting Director, Group Coordination

and Marketing Mr R . Pascoe-Webbe, Assistant General Manager, Finance and Systems

Transport and Storage Mr B. Hinchcliffe, General Manager Mr R. Hewitt, Assistant General Manager, Finance and Systems

Australian Survey and Land Information Group Mr P. Holland, Acting Assistant General Manager, Operations and Resource Management Mr J. Riddell, Manager, Resource Management Unit

Australian Protective Service Mr P. Dawson, General Manager

Australian Valuation Office Mr M. Coleman, General Manager

Australian Government Publishing Service Ms S. Palywoda, General Manager Mr R. Rubie, Government Printer Mr D. Drew, Assistant General Manager, Business Management Mr R. Hargreaves, Director, Printing

Purchasing and Sales Mr P. Grills, Assistant General Manager, Purchasing Services Branch

Bureau of Meteorology Dr J. Zillman, Director

Australian Government Analytical Laboratories Dr C. Dahl, Australian Government Analyst

Australian Archives Mr S. Skryzpek, Acting Director-General

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Parliamentary Services Mr J. Lleonart, General Manager Mr P. O'Neill, Assistant General Manager, Client Services Branch

Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody Mr J . Gavin, Secretary

Australian Electoral Commission Mr B. Cox, Electoral Commissioner Mr P. Skinner, Assistant Commissioner, Corporate Services Mr P. Dacey, Assistant Commissioner, Development and

Research Mr T. Willson, Assistant Commissioner, Information and Education Ms K. Rehn, Assistant Commissioner, Industrial Elections Mr A. Moyes, Director, Operations

Parliament House Construction Authority Mr J.D. Fowler, Chief Executive Mr S. Meredith, Senior Finance Officer

Purchasing Reform Mr A. Butler, General Manager

Department of Finance -Mr T. Singer, Acting Chief Finance Officer, Defence and Government Division

The Chairman called on the following programs and sub­ programs of proposed expenditure for consideration of the Committee:

Sub-Program 1.1

Sub-Program 2.1

Sub-Program 2.2

Program 3 Program 4 Program 6 Program 8 Sub-Program 10.7 Sub-Program 10.8 Sub-Program 14.1

Australian Property Services: Estate Management Overseas Property Services: Estate Management Overseas Property Services:

Construction Management and Technical Services Australian Construction Services Transport and Storage Protective and Custodial Services Publishing and Printing Meteorology: International Activities Meteorology: Corporate Services Parliamentary and Ministerial Services: Services to Members of Parliament

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Program 16 Program 18

Electoral Services Parliament House Construction Authority

Program 20 Purchasing Reform

The Committee concluded its examination of the proposed additional expenditure for the Department of Administrative Services, 1989-1990, subject to an undertaking by the Minister and the officers of the

Department to provide additional information to the Committee.

3. PARTICULARS OF PROPOSED ADDITIONAL EXPENDITURE 1989-1990: DEPARTMENT OF EMPLOYMENT, EDUCATION AND TRAINING. The Committee commenced its consideration of the Proposed Additional Expenditure of the Department of Employment,

Education and Training.

In attendance was Senator the Hon. Nick Bolkus, representing the Minister for Employment, Education and Training, accompanied by the following officers:

Department of Employment, Education and Training -

Mr P.W. Hickey, Deputy Secretary Mr A .R . Ruby, First Assistant Secretary, Schools and Curriculum Division Mr D.A. Fooks, First Assistant Secretary, TAFE and Skills

Formulation Division Mr M.A. Gallagher, First Assistant Secretary, Programs Division Mr J.W. Muir, First Assistant Secretary, International

Division Mr A.J. Kaspura, First Assistant Secretary, Management Division Mr R.J. Green, Assistant Secretary, Resources and

Consultations Branch Mr M.J. Cusack, Assistant Secretary, Community Strategies Branch Mr R.W. Pratley, Assistant Secretary, Higher Education

Grants and Finance Branch Mr N.G. St Jacques, Assistant Secretary, Student Services Branch Ms R.G. McKay, Assistant Secretary, Network Support Branch Ms L.D. Hale, Assistant Secretary, Resources Management

Branch Dr A .W . Stretton, Assistant Secretary, Industry Analysis Branch

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Ms L.M. Riggs, Assistant Secretary, Overseas Students Branch Mr R.N. Wilson, Acting Assistant Secretary, Business and Planning Branch Mr P.W. Pritchard, Director, Resources Section Ms L.D. Evans, Director, TAPE Analysis and Administration

Section Mr D.S. Fisher, Director, National Board of Employment, Education and Training Mr K.V. Fahey, Assistant Director, Program Resources

Section

Department of Finance Mr B . McDonald, Finance Officer, Education and Employment Division Ms K. Potts, Finance Officer, Education and Employment

Division

The Chairman called on the following programs and sub­ programs of proposed expenditure for consideration of the Committee:

Sub-Program 1.1

Program 2 Sub-Program 3.1

Sub-Program 4.2

Sub-Program 4.4

Sub-Program 4.5

Sub-Program 4.6

Sub-Program 5.1

Sub-Program 6.4

Sub-Program 6.6

Schools; Participation, Retention and General Competencies Higher Education Skills Formation: Technical and

Further Education Special Employment, Education and Income Support: Community-Based Strategies Special Employment, Education and

Income Support: Education Income Support Special Employment, Education and Income Support: Aboriginal

Employment Special Employment, Education and Income Support: Aboriginal Education Labour Market Operations: Client

Services Corporate Services and Portfolio Advising: Portfolio Advising Corporate Services and Portfolio

Advising: General Services

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The Committee concluded its examination of the proposed additional expenditure for the Department of Employment, Education and Training, 1989-1990, subject to an undertaking by the Minister and the officers of the Department to provide additional information to the Committee.

4. PARTICULARS OF PROPOSED ADDITIONAL EXPENDITURE 1989-1990: DEPARTMENT OF IMMIGRATION, LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND ETHNIC AFFAIRS. The Committee commenced its consideration of the Proposed Additional Expenditure of the Department of

Immigration, Local Government and Ethnic Affairs.

In attendance was Senator the Hon. Nick Bolkus, representing the Minister for Immigration, Local Government and Ethnic Affairs, accompanied by the following officers:

Department of Immigration, Local Government and Ethnic Affairs -

Mr M. Lynch, Acting Deputy Secretary Mr T. Griffiths, Acting First Assistant Secretary, Migration and Ethnic Affairs Division

Mr W. Gibbons, First Assistant Secretary, Development and Systems Division Mr M. Sullivan, First Assistant Secretary, Operations Management Division Ms P. McCahey, First Assistant Secretary, Corporate

Management Division Mr D . Wheen, First Assistant Secretary, Office of Local Government Mr A. Struik, Deputy Director, Bureau of Immigration

Research Mr T. Rodgers, Registrar, Immigration Review Tribunal Mr E. Brookbanks, Assistant Secretary, Resource Management Branch Ms J. Gordon, Acting Assistant Secretary, Procedures Branch Mr J . Norman, Director, Corporate Planning Policy Section Mr B. Strangio, Director, Resources Section Ms L. Daw, Director, Machinery of Government Section

Department of Finance Mr A. Rizvi, Chief Finance Officer, Education and Employment Division Mr J . Templeman, Finance Officer, Education and

Employment Division

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The Chairman called on the following programs and sub­ programs of proposed expenditure for consideration of the Committee:

Sub-Program 1.2

Sub-Program 2.1

Sub-Program 3.2

Sub-Program 3.3

Sub-Program 5.2

Migration Visitor Entry: Migration and Resident Status Settlement and Ethnic Affairs: Settlement Services Corporate Services: Administration and

Support Services Corporate Services: Resource Management Office of Local Government: Local

Development

The Committee concluded its examination of the proposed additional expenditure for the Department of Immigration, Local Government and Ethnic Affairs, 1989-1990, subject to an undertaking by the Minister and the officers of the Department to provide additional information to the Committee.

5. ADJOURNMENT: The Committee adjourned at 11.06pm.

6. ATTENDANCE: Senators Black (Chair), Boswell, Maguire, Parer, Teague, Zakharov. Senators M. Baume, Calvert, Chapman, Harradine, Jenkins and Tambling also attended.

CONFIRMED:

John Slack Chairman

THE SENATE

ESTIMATES COMMITTEE D

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

NO. 3

MONDAY 21 MAY 1990

PRIVATE MEETING: The Committee met in deliberative session at 9.52 am in the Opposition Advisers' Waiting Area, adjacent to the Senate Chamber. Senator Black took the Chair.

MINUTES: The Committee confirmed the minutes of meetings nos. 1 and 2, held on Tuesday 15 May 1990.

REPORT: Subject to amendments agreed upon, the draft report previously circulated to members was adopted as a report of the Committee.

ADJOURNMENT: The Committee adjourned at 9.56 am.

ATTENDANCE: Senators Black (Chairman), Boswell, Maguire, Parer, Teague and Zakharov.

CERTIFIED CORRECT:

JOHN BLACK Chairman

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ESTIMATES COMMITTEE D

INDEX OF ISSUES RAISED AT THE COMMITTEE'S PUBLIC HEARING

TUESDAY 15 MAY 1990

ESTIMATES COMMITTEE D HANSARD INDEX

Tuesday, 15 May, 1990

Department of Administrative Services

Minister's opening statement D3

New Senate procedures for Estimates committee reports D3 Budget for advertising D3

Program 1 - Australian Property Services

Pay claims by valuers D3

Government homes in Darwin - policy on sale D4

- numbers vacant, costs of maintenance D5

- advice to DILGEA D6

Cost of renting privately-owned property in Canberra D7 Tuggeranong office park development D7

Disposal of Gowrie Hostel D8

Russell Hill incinerator D8

Program 2 - Overseas Property Services

Progress with Beijing Embassy construction D9

High Commission in Pakistan D9

Comparative furnishing costs, New Delhi, Beijing D9 Trade Commissioner's accommodation, Vancouver DIO, D12 Deferred sale, Port Moresby DIO

Program 3 - Australian Construction Services

Furniture testing laboratory, Port Melbourne DIO

Items erroneously omitted from Appropriation Bill No. 2 Dll ACTEW southern works depot, Tuggeranong Dll

Consultancy work for NT projects D12

Tender process for housing, Katherine, Tindal D13

Firefighting services NT D13

Achievability of capital works program, NT D14

Program 4 - Transport and Storage

Increased investment in self-drive vehicles D15

Attempted sale of land at St. Marys D17

Fate of the 2 1/2 mile transport depot, Darwin D17

Program 6 - Australian Protective Service

Airport security function - transfer, costs, quality D19

Program 8 - Australian Government Publishing Service

Commercialisation progress D20

Work practices D21

Use of electronic equipment D22

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Program 10 - Meteorology

Monitoring of global warming D22

Head office in Melbourne - accommodation expenses D22

- reason for CBD location D22

Program 14 - Parliamentary and Ministerial Services

Overtime, travel costs for MPs, Senators D23

18 staff positions for office-holders D23

Ministerial staff positions, consultants, 1982 and now D24 Parliamentary office accommodation delays D25

Use of postage allowance D25

Program 16 - Electoral Services

Breakdown of running costs of elections D26

Count of Senate votes on election day D26

Costs of mobile polling in remote communities D27

Assistance to illiterate voters D28

Cost of electoral redistributions D28

Election data - delays, editing, comparability D29

Redistribution schedule D30

Electoral rolls - amount of direct mail returned D30

- use of post office address D30

- reliability D32

Streetwize Comix no. 18 D31

Program 18 - Parliament House Construction Authority

The report, "Project Parliament" D33

Sound and vision system D33

Expiry of warranties, defect liabilities D33

Equipment failures, bad design D34

Program 20 - Purchasing Reform

Purchase Australian Office D34

Activities of the Purchasing Reform Group D35

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Department of Employment, Education and Training

Minister's opening remarks D37

Evaluation plan D38

Higher education statistical information collection D38 Setting targets for student load D39

Questions on notice from Senator Teague D40

Funding differential between former universities, CAEs D40 "A fair chance for all" - distribution, content D40

Equity plan for rural, isolated students D41

Reference of academic staff salaries to Remuneration Tribunal D41

Message of the Youth Bureau D41

"Streetwize" publications D42

Budget for advertising D50

Program 1 - Schools

Category rating for independent schools funding D43 States grants legislation D43

Assistance to rural hostels D43

Citizenship visits program - administration, use D44

Program 2 - Higher Education

Research funding arrangements D44

Operation of HECS - adjustments, reports D45

Absence of ministers, University of Canberra inauguration D45 Australian Maritime College capital grant D46

Target research evaluations D46

Regulations governing Chinese students' access to higher education, and language, courses D46

Payment of refunds to rejected Chinese applicants D46 Requirements for visa processing, Shanghai D47

Numbers of Chinese students entering Australia D48

Location of Asian Studies centre D48

Selection of Asian Studies scholars by AVCC D48

Program 3 - Skills Formation

Apparent fluctuation in colleges receiving support D49

Program 4 - Special Employment, Education and Income Support

Coverage of living and training, ancillary categories D49 Administration of Austudy D50

Program 5 - Labour Market Operation

Adjustment of CES resources D50

Program 6 - Corporate Services and Portfolio Advising

Project grant for Asian Studies Council D50

National Language Policy renewal D51

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Department of Immigration, Local Government and Ethnic Affaire

Minister's opening statement D52

Budget for advertising D52

Program 1 - Migration and Visitor Entry

Modifications of Immigration Regulations D52

Minister's review powers D52

Timing of ministerial reports to Parliament D53

Reinstatement of the immigration review panel D53

Joint Committee on Migration Regulations D54

Number of entry permit classes D54

Extension of temporary resident status for Chinese D54 Resources for processing refugee applications D54 Computer upgrade, Beijing D55

Change in number of students from China D56

Number of students returning to China, June 1989 onwards D56 Ministerial policy on tabling of reports D56

AIC study into Vietnamese crime D56

Activities of Michael Ross D57

Global bona fides testing for ELICOS students D57

Reasons for top-level departmental staff changes D58 National bureau for interpreter, training services D58 Viability of NAATI D59

Progress of Bureau of Immigration Research D59

Department's current population objective D60

Program 2 - Settlement and Ethnic Affairs

Refugee resettlement assistance loans D62

Thai/Australian Government agreement re Cambodian refugees in Thai camps D62

Sale of Immigration Dept. staff houses in Darwin D63 Mandatory, non-mandatory deportation orders since 19 Dec D64 Cost of reviews of the Migration Act D65

Visas issued to professional airline pilots, costs D65 Fate of 1947 fingerprints of migrants arriving on SS Asturias D65

Liaison with DEBT re skills, education programs D66 Questions on notice from Senator Chapman, on Business Migration Program D66

Resources for repatriating illegal fishermen D67

Review of language services D67

Introduction of user-pays translation services D67 Grants-in-aid to ethnic communities D68

Variations in administrative expenses, overseas posts D69 Migrant on-arrival flats, Brisbane D70

Program 5 - Office of Local Government

Local government scholarships scheme D70

Taxation rulings re allowances, elected councillors D71 Review of zone rebates D71

Home and Community Care (HACC) scheme D71

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REPORT TO THE SENATE

ESTIMATES COMMITTEE E

REPORT TO THE SENATE

1. Estimates Committee E presents its report to the Senate.

2. On 9 May 1990 the Senate referred to the Committee the

Particulars of Proposed Additional Expenditure for 1989-1990 for

the following Portfolios:

- Transport and Communications

- Attorney-General's

- Aboriginal Affairs

3. These estimates of proposed additional expenditure were

considered by the Committee, which took into account the

Explanatory Notes provided by the Portfolios and the information

obtained at its hearings on 15 and 16 May 1990.

4. The Committee found the acoustics and sound system in

Committee Room 16 unsatisfactory and as a result experienced

difficulty hearing responses to questions. In addition, the

lighting at the end of the room at which the Committee members

sat was inadequate.

5. The Committee recommends that the Senate approve, without

amendment or request for amendment, expenditure in accordance

with the estimates referred to the Committee.

6. The Committee is grateful for the assistance given by the

Minister for Justice and Consumer Affairs, the Minister for

Shipping and Aviation Support, and officers from the Portfolios

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examined. The Committee wishes to alert the Senate to the risk

posed by accepting apparently generous offers from either

Ministers or officers to provide information at a later date. The

information may not be received in time to be examined in order

to ascertain whether further questions are required. Under the

new procedures set out in the Senate's resolution of 5 December

1989, matters from an Estimates Committee can only be raised in

the committee of the whole debate on the Appropriations Bills if

this is recommended in the Committee's report. If the information

is not at hand when the report is being settled the Committee has

two options. One is to recommend in general terms that all

matters on which further information was offered be examined

during the Senate debate. This appears to be against the spirit

of the new procedures, which, on one view at least, are aimed at

limiting the time spent in Senate debate. The other is to

acknowledge that by accepting what appeared to be a generous

offer the Committee has effectively prevented the Senate debate

on the Appropriations Bills from considering those matters.

7. The Committee recommends that the following matters be

further examined by the Senate in relation to the proposed

expenditure for the Attorney-General's Portfolio:

(a) the question whether, in light of the general principle

that there is no area of expenditure which a Committee is

excluded from examining, a department or agency should be

required to disclose the daily rate charged by legal counsel

for services provided to the department or agency if asked

to do so;

(b) the fact that the cost to the Commonwealth of

prosecutions under the War Crimes Act consists not only of

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the expenditure under the sub-program relating to the

Special Investigations Unit but also major items in other

programs;

(c) the cost to the Commonwealth of the aborting of the

Yooyen trial in Sydney.

8. Written answers to questions taken on notice during the

hearings will be tabled in the Senate.

Mai Colston Chairman

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Reservations

ESTIMATES COMMITTEE E

REPORT TO THE SENATE

RESERVATION BY SENATOR PANIZZA

I recommend that the following matters be further examined by the

Senate in relation to the proposed expenditure referred to the

Committee for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

Commission:

(a) the timing of the one-off payment of $2m to AUSSAT for

services provided to Imparja Television Pty Ltd (Explanatory

Notes, p. 17).

and in relation to the proposed expenditure referred to the

Committee for the Transport and Communications Portfolio:

(b) the amount of $960,000 relating to a claim by the

Federal Airports Corporation for unpaid accounts following

the transfer of Sydney Airport to the FAC (Explanatory

Notes, p. 13);

(c ) the amount of $198,000 relating to a rental adjustment

for the Australian Broadcasting Tribunal's Sydney premises

for the years 1982-86 (Explanatory Notes, p. 28);

(d) the amount of $885,000 for a residual claim from

Telecom relating to the national broadcasting service

(Explanatory Notes, p. 33);

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(e) the amount of $75m paid to AUSSAT as equity capital,

and the consequences if Telecom does not contribute its

share of the capital increase (Explanatory Notes, p. 36);

(f ) the amount of $1,590,000 in relation to the Australian

National Railways Commission's payroll tax obligations in

Tasmania (Explanatory Notes, p. 44);

(g) the amount of $8m in relation to damages and costs

arising from the Amann Aviation litigation (Explanatory

Notes, p . 52).

Senator J Panizza

ESTIMATES COMMITTEE E

REPORT TO THE SENATE

RESERVATION BY SENATOR WALTERS

I recommend that the following matters relating to the estimates

of expenditure referred to the Committee be further examined by

the Senate:

In relation to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the

questions which were not answered at the hearing of the

Committee on 15 May 1990, but which were taken on notice

with an undertaking by Senator Collins, the Minister

representing the Minister for Transport and Communications,

that answers would be provided (Estimates Committee E

Hansard, pp. E65-E66).

Senator S Walters

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P A R L I A M E N T O F A U S T R A L I A · T H E SENATE

SENATOR MICHAEL BAUME SENATOR FOR NEW SOUTH WALES

SHADOW MINISTER FOR ARTS, HERITAGE, SPORT * YOUTH AFFAIRS

MEB:jr

17 May 1990

Mr Steve Curran Secretary Estimates Committee E The Senate Parliament House CANBERRA 2600

Dear Mr Curran

By way of reservation I recommend that matters affecting the relevant Departments contained in the Auditor-General's Audit Report No 31 of 1989-90 tabled in the Senate after the Committee met be subject to further consideration by the Senate.

Yours sincerely

SENATOR MICHAEL BAUME

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ESTIMATES COMMITTEE E

MINUTES OF MEETING NO. 36/1

Tuesday, 15 May 1990

1. MEETING: The Committee met in private session at 3.31 pm in Committee Room 16. The secretary took the Chair.

2. ELECTION OF CHAIRMAN: The secretary called for nominations for the position of chairman. Senator Colston was nominated by Senator Faulkner, seconded by Senator Panizza. There being no other nominations, Senator Colston was elected and took the Chair.

3. AUTHORISATION TO PUBLISH DOCUMENTS: The committee agreed to the following resolution:

The Committee authorises the publication of all documents presented to it in the course of its hearings, and authorises the

publication of written replies and other documents which may be forwarded to it after hearings have been completed.

4. ADJOURNMENT: The Committee adjourned at 3.32 pm.

5. ATTENDANCE: Senators Colston (Chairman), Faulkner, Olsen, Panizza and Vanstone.

CONFIRMED:

Mai Colston Chairman

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MINUTES OF MEETING NO. 36/2

Tuesday, 15 May 1990

1. MEETING: The Committee met in public session at 3.35 pm in Committee Room 16. The Chairman, Senator Colston, took the Chair.

2. PARTICULARS OF PROPOSED ADDITIONAL EXPENDITURE 1989-90 - ATTORNEY-GENERAL'S PORTFOLIO:

In attendance: Senator Tate, Minister for Justice and Consumer Affairs and the Minister representing the Attorney-General, accompanied by the following officers:

Attorney-General's Department

Mr A Rose

Mr N Reaburn Ms N Fredrickson

Mr O Winder

Mr R Morgan

Mr T Gallagher

Mr M Fish

Secretary Deputy Secretary First Assistant Secretary Corporate Services Division First Assistant Secretary Office of Legal Aid Administration Senior Assistant Secretary Family Law Branch Senior Assistant Secretary, Financial Management and General Services Branch Director, Finance Section

Office of Parliamentary Counsel

Ms H Penfold Second Parliamentary Counsel Mr P Folbigg Legislation Officer

Trade Practices Commission

Mr H Spier First Assistant Commissioner Trade Practices Division

Australian Securities Commission

Mr I Cameron Director, Resources

Federal Court

Mr J Torpy Financial Manager

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Administrative Appeals Tribunal

Mr D Schulz Registrar

Australian Bureau of Criminal Intelligence

Mr R Chalker Director

Mr S Dixon Administrative Officer

Australian Federal Police

Mr J C Johnson Deputy Commissioner, Administration Mr S B Gavin Associate Commissioner Corporate Affairs Department Mr G R Mills Assistant Secretary, Resources

National Crime Authority

Mr D Lenihan Chief Executive Officer Mr D Hawker Deputy Executive Officer

Director of Public Prosecutions

Mr I Birmingham Deputy Director Mr P Walshe First Deputy Director Mr T McKnight Senior Assistant Director Administrative Services Branch

Department of Finance

Mr N McGladrigan Senior Finance Officer Defence and Government Division Ms L Walkington Finance Officer Defence and Government Division

The Chairman called on the proposed expenditure set out in the 'Non-Program Specific Variations' on page 11 of the Explanatory Notes 1989-90: Attorney General's Portfolio. May 1990. The Committee then considered the proposed expenditure set out in Programs 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6 in the same document.

The Committee concluded its consideration of the proposed expenditure for the Attorney-General's Portfolio, subject to undertakings to provide additional written information to the Committee.

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The following document was provided to the Committee by an officer of the Attorney-General's Department:

Guidelines for the Provision of Financial Assistance by the Commonwealth under Part XII of the Industrial Relations Act 1988 (Sections 342 and 344).

3. PARTICULARS OF PROPOSED ADDITIONAL EXPENDITURE 1989-90 -TRANSPORT AND COMMUNICATIONS PORTFOLIO:

In attendance: Senator Collins, Minister for Shipping and Aviation Support and the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Communications, accompanied by the following officers:

Department of Transport and Communications

Mr N Potter

Mr D Buckingham

Ms A Buttsworth Mr R Elder

Mr D Scorpecci Mr R Turner Mr G Kavanagh

Mr w Ellis

Mr R Smith

Mr V Jones

Ms V Fanning

Ms J 0'Grady Mr W Upton

Mr R Desmond Mr P Makeham

Mr J Pocock

Mr B McAdie

Mr P Merner

Assistant Secretary, Industry and Economic Branch, International Aviation Division First Assistant Secretary Domestic Aviation Division Principal Advisor Assistant Secretary,

Domestic Aviation Industry Branch Assistant Secretary, Infrastructure Branch Assistant Secretary, Aviation Security Branch Assistant Director

Domestic Aviation Division First Assistant Secretary Broadcasting Policy Division First Assistant Secretary Communications Policy and Planning Division First Assistant Secretary Communications Operations Division First Assistant Secretary Telecommunications Policy Division Assistant Director, AUSSAT & OTC Section

First Assistant Secretary Land Transport Policy Division Director, Road Transport Operations First Assistant Secretary Road Safety Division Director, Administration and Liaison Section Road Safety Division Director, Programs (ACT/NSW) Road Safety Division First Assistant Secretary Maritime Policy Division

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Mr P Crone

Ms D Mi I d e m

Dr G Feeney

Mr A Read

First Assistant Secretary Maritime Operations Division First Assistant Secretary Corporate Management Division

Assistant Secretary Planning and Budgeting Branch Acting Director Budget Management Section

AUSSAT Pty Ltd

Mr G Gosewinckel Chief Executive Officer

AUSTEL

Mr M Kealin Mr J Szydzik

General Manager, Industry Facilitation Director, Secretariat Services

Australian Broadcasting Tribunal

Ms R Medd General Manager

Australian National Railways

Dr F N Affleck Mr K Norley General Manager, Corporate Relations Manager, Corporate Planning

Bureau of Air Safety Investigation

Dr R Lee

Mr G Nadal

Director Acting Executive Officer

Bureau of Transport and Communications Economics

Dr M Haddad Mr L Hegedus

Director Manager, Corporate Services

Independent Air Fares Committee

Mr P Scott Secretary

Shipping Industry Reform Authority

Mr P Newman Chairman

Waterfront Industry Reform Authority

Mr I Rischbieth Secretary

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Department of Finance

Mr E . Mathews First Assistant Secretary Transport Industry Division

The Chairman called on the proposed expenditure set out in the 'Non-Program Specific Variations' on page 9 of the Explanatory Notes 1989-90: Transport and Communications Portfolio. May 1990. The Committee then considered the proposed expenditure set out in Programs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 in the same document.

4. PRIVATE MEETING: At 10.07 pm the public hearing was adjourned and all members of the Committee and Senator Walters met in Committee Room 15 in private session. The Committee agreed that it would continue to sit after 10.30 pm in order to complete the examination of the estimates for the Transport and Communications Portfolio.

5. PUBLIC HEARING RESUMED: At 10.13 pm the private meeting was adjourned, the Senators returned to Committee Room 16 and the public hearing resumed.

The Committee concluded its consideration of the proposed expenditure for the Transport and Communications Portfolio, subject to undertakings to provide additional written information to the Committee.

6. ADJOURNMENT: The Committee adjourned at 12.13 am on Wednesday, 16 May 1990.

7. ATTENDANCE: Senators Colston (Chairman), Cooney, Faulkner, Olsen, Panizza and Vanstone.

Senators M Baume, Boswell, Harradine, Hill, MacGibbon, Newman, Tambling and Walters also attended.

CONFIRMED:

Mai Colston Chairman

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MINUTES OF MEETING NO. 36/3

Wednesday, 16 May 1990

1. MEETING: The Committee met in public session at 8.35 pm in Committee Room 14. The Chairman, Senator Colston, took the Chair.

2. PARTICULARS OF PROPOSED ADDITIONAL EXPENDITURE 1989-90 - ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER COMMISSION AND AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER STUDIES:

In attendance: Senator Collins, Minister for Shipping and Aviation Support representing the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, accompanied by the following officers:

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission

Mr W Gray

Mr B Beadman Mr G Menham Mr P Goggin

Mr M Stewart

Mr M Dillon

Chief Executive Officer General Manager, Policy Development General Manager, Corporate Services Acting Assistant General Manager, Economic

Initiatives Acting Assistant General Manager, Regional Co-ordination Acting Assistant General Manager, Planning and

Review

Aboriginal Hostels Limited

Mr R Clarke General Manager

Mr J Rooks Assistant General Manager and Company

Secretary

Ms E Barolits Assistant General Manager, Operations

Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

Mr W Dix Principal

Department of Finance

Mr G Crawford Assistant Secretary Culture and Aborigines Branch

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At the request of Senator Collins, an opening statement from the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs was incorporated in Hansard.

The Chairman called on the proposed expenditure set out in the 'Non-Program Specific Variations' on page 11 of the Explanatory Notes 1989-90: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission and Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, May 1990. The Committee then considered the proposed expenditure set out in Programs 2, 3, and 4 in the same document.

The Committee concluded its consideration of the proposed expenditure for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission and the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, subject to undertakings to provide additional written information to the Committee.

The following documents were provided to the Committee by Senator Collins:

Letter to Senator Collins from the Clerk of the Senate, 16 May 1990, relating to Senate scrutiny of government business enterprises.

Four Reports by Touche Ross Services Pty Ltd, Darwin, into aspects of the Northern Land Council, dated 31 October 1989, 24 November 1989, 9 March 1990 and 8 May 1990.

3. ADJOURNMENT: The Committee adjourned at 10.13 am.

4. ATTENDANCE: Senators Colston (Chairman), Cooney, Faulkner, Olsen, Panizza and Vanstone.

Senator Tambling also attended.

CONFIRMED:

Mai Colston Chairman

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MINUTES OF MEETING NO. 36/4

Monday, 21 May 1990

1. MEETING: The Committee met in private session at 9.06 am in Room SI 40 in Parliament House. The Chairman, Senator Colston, took the Chair.

2. CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES: On the motion of Senator Panizza, the Committee approved the minutes of meetings 36/1, 36/2 and 36/3.

3. APPROVAL OF DRAFT REPORT: On the motion of Senator Vanstone, the Committee resolved that the Chairman's draft report, with the additions proposed by Senator Vanstone, be agreed to.

4. ADJOURNMENT: The Committee adjourned at 9.18 am.

5. ATTENDANCE: Senators Colston (Chairman), Faulkner, Panizza and Vanstone.

Apologies were received from Senators Cooney and Olsen.

CERTIFIED CORRECT:

Mai Colston Chairman

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TABLE OF CONTENTS FOR HANSARD OF HEARINGS

Tuesday, 15 May 1990

and

Wednesday, 16 May 1990

TABLE OF CONTENTS FOR HANSARD OF HEARINGS

Tuesday, 15 May 1990

Attorney-General's Portfolio Page

Office of Parliamentary Counsel - printing costs . . . E2-E3 Trade Practices Commission - rent review costs . . . . E3-E4 - legal fees paid to counsel . . . . E4-E8, E10, E12-E14

- waterfront reforms ................................ E8

- staff employed by State and branch . . . E8-E9, E9-E10 - definition of market dominance .................... E9

- small business complaints .......................... E9

- staff time spent in c o u r t ........................ E10

- petrol prices .................................... E10

Close cor p o r a t i o n s .................................... E14

Human Rights & Equal Opportunity Commission - staff losses .................................... E14

- transfer of funds from Treasury .................. E14

Advertising budget for A-G's Department ............ E14-E15

Legal aid - cases causing need for extra funds . E15, E16-E17 - Mabo/Murray Islanders case .................. E15-E16

- War Crimes Act c a s e s .................... E16, E17-E18

Program 4's objective - 'promote social harmony' . . . . E18 Australian Federal Police - property and housing e x p e n s e s ...................................... E19

- accounting errors ................................ E19

- Winchester coronial inquiry ............... E10-E20

- legal fees .................................. E20-E21

National Crime Authority - administrative and property expenses .............................. E20-E21

- legal fees paid to c o u n s e l .................. E21-E23

- South Australian office ...................... E23-E25

Special Investigations Unit .................... E25-E28, E31

DPP - war crimes trial, costs, counsel . . . E28-E29, E30-E31 - fit-out of offices .............................. E29

- Midford matter .................................. E29

Information flow between parts of A-G's Portfolio . . E29-E30 DPP - Yooyen trial ................................ E31-E32

- Winchester coronial inquiry .................. E32-E33

In-house counsel ...................................... E33

Transport and Communications Portfolio

Advertising budget - Transport & Communications Dep't . . E35

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Aviation CAA senior executives - changes .................... E35-E36

Deregulation of the airline s y s t e m .................... E36

ALOP development grants ................................ E37

FAC - unpaid accounts relating to Sydney airport . . . . E38 Broome airport ................................ E38-E40, E44

Bundaberg airport - land acquisition .................. E40

Payment to CAA/FAC in relation to pilots' dispute . . . E40-45 CAA/FAC losses during y e a r ............................ E45

Landing charges for state-registered aircraft . . E45-E46, E47 Cost to Commonwealth of pilots' dispute ............ E46-E47

CAA/FAC cost recovery, impact of pilots' dispute . . E47-E48 Darwin/Alice Springs airports - charges ............ E48-E50

- poker machines .................................. E50

- construction timetables ...................... E50-E51

CAA staff transfers from outlying to principal cen t r e s ........................................ E51

Aviation activity - predicted level for 1990 . . . . E51-E52 Airport firefighting services .......................... E52

CAA charge increases .............................. E52-E53

Australian Airlines - aircraft leasing costs in pilots' dispute ................................ E53

Longreach airport - limits on use on 20 April 1990 . E54-E55 Cairns airport - provision of radar .................... E55

Aviation statistics ................................ E55-E57

Airport traffic management, slot times ............ E57-E60

Mitre and Bigsworth Reports ........................ E60-E61

Lawry R e p o r t ...................................... E61, E62

Airline services to Tasmania .......................... E61

Airport security .................................. E62-E64

FAC - not appearing before Estimates Committees . . . E64-E65

Broadcasting Australian Broadcasting Corporation - Mr Hill not present at h e a r i n g .................. E65

- 'The Riddle of the Dead Sea Scrolls' ......... E65-E66

- South Bank project, Melbourne ................ E66-E67

Australian Broadcasting Tribunal - transcript costs . E67-E68 - John Laws legal actions.......................... E68

legal costs .................................. E68-E69

- rental adjustments 1982-86 E69-E70

Broadcasting and Radiocommunications Operations - unforeseen cost increases ........................ E70

- residual claim from Telecom ...................... E70

Telecommunications AUSSAT - $75m equity injection .................... E70-E71

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Land Transport Tasrail - payroll tax obligations .................. E71-E72

Australian National - Mt Gambier passenger service . E72-E73 Inter-State Commission report - national road freight .................................... E73-E75

Future structure of railways in Australia .......... E75-E76

Maritime Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme .................. E77

Waterfront reform .................................. E77-E78

Maritime safety centre - relocation to Newcastle . . . E78-82

Corporate Direction and Support Amann Aviation contract decisions - effect on careers of decision-makers ................ E82-E83

P. Ward c l a i m .......................................... E83

Wednesday, 16 May 1990

Aboriginal Affairs

Minister's opening statement ...................... E85-E86

Accounting reports on grants to local communities . . E87-E88 Touche Ross reports on Northern Land Council . . . E88, E105 Viability of cattle projects in Central Australia . . E88-E89 Why Aboriginal Affairs not dealt with by Estimates

Committee D as part of DEBT Portfolio . . . . E89-E90 Move from Bonner House to MLC T o w e r ................ E90-E91

Relocation of regional office staff ................... E91

Audit Report No. 29 (1989-90) - purchase of cattle stations .................................. E91-E93

- current employment on the stations .............. E93

- Edwards River crocodile farm .................... E93

- Juninga Centre .............................. E93-E94

- Aboriginal Hostels Limited .................. E94-E95

- performance indicators for commercial properties ................................ E95-E96

Aboriginal Benefit Trust Account . . ............... E96-E97

Local community a d v i s e r s .......................... .. . E97

Fitzroy Crossing hotel ................................ E98

Aboriginal Hostels Limited - questions on notice . . . . E98 Barunga bark painting .............................. E98-E100

Northern/Central Land Councils - breakaway groups . . . . E100 Adelaide Community Centre - land purchase ........ E100-E101 Tranby C o l l e g e .......... E101

East Arnhem Land - provision of secondary college . E101-E103 $2m paid to AUSSAT for services to Imparja TV E103-E104, E106 Role of the Minister at Estimates hearings . . . . E104-E105

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REPORT TO THE SENATE

MAY 1990

E ST IM A T E S F

REPORT TO THE SENATE

Estimates Committee F presents its Report to the Senate.

Introduction

On 9 May 1990 the Senate referred to the Committee the

Particulars of Proposed Additional Expenditure for the service of the year ending on 30 June 1990 and the Particulars of Certain Proposed Additional Expenditure in respect of the year ending 30

June 1990 relating to the following portfolios:

. Department of Industrial Relations . Department of Primary Industries and Energy

The Committee has considered the additional estimates of the two portfolios as presented in the respective explanatory notes and has received explanations of the additional estimates from the Minister for Industrial Relations and officers of the departments

and authorities concerned.

The Committee tables for the information of the Senate in

connection with Appropriation Bills No. 3 and No. 4 (Additional

Estimates) copies of the Minutes of Proceedings, Hansard transcripts of evidence of Committee proceedings and a table of contents to the Hansards. The answers taken on notice at the Committee's hearings will be tabled in the Senate under separate cover in a volume entitled 'Additional Information Provided During Estimate Committee F's Examination of Proposed Additional

Expenditure for 1989-90'.

The Committee wishes to bring certain matters of interest to the

attention of the Senate:

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Department of Industrial Relations

Rental of Office Space

The Committee heard evidence that there had been a 64% increase in the rental cost of office space leased by the Department of Administrative Services for the Australian Industrial Relations Commission and Industrial Registry. The Committee observes that the magnitude of this increase may not be in line with recent

increases in property values and rentals in the central business district of Sydney and that such an increase may be unreasonable. The Committee acknowledges that the negotiations of property rental for government departmental office space is the responsibility of the Australian Property Group which comes under a portfolio outside this Committee's terms of reference.

Department of Primary Industries and Energy

Fisheries Policy

The Committee took a particular interest in examining the

Department's policies and operations relating to fishing allocations, quotas and restrictions. In this regard the Committee noted that the Department is examining the matter of unallocated quotas for fisheries in Northern Australia with a view to having increased Australian participation in that region. The Committee will maintain its interest in this matter during the next round of Estimates. The Committee also heard evidence which would indicate that significant progress has been made in banning drift net fishing and limiting the fishing of southern

bluefin tuna.

The Committee took particular note of evidence given by officers

from the Department in which they expressed a concern about incursions into Australian fishing waters by Indonesian fishermen resulting in the apprehension of thirteen unlicensed fishing boats during a recent eight week reporting period. The Committee will review the impact of this problem on the Department's

Estimates during the Budget Sittings. The Committee places on

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record its view that the problem needs to be addressed by all relevant agencies in a properly co-ordinated manner which ensures that resources are deployed effectively and efficiently.

The Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service

The Committee sought additional information on the problems which have been experienced in the export of live sheep to the Middle East. In this connection the Committee wishes to alert the Senate to the possibility of the government incurring a liability should a pre-departure veterinary inspection of sheep by government officers not be carried out with due care resulting in an action

for damages when it is found that sheep arrive in a foreign country with a disease which makes them unsaleable. This issue was one of a number of matters raised in the area of quarantine inspection for imported and exported commodities. The Committee

observes that the proper functioning of quarantine services will

be a key determinant of Australia's future export performance.

Acknowledgements

The Committee takes the opportunity to thank the Minister for Industrial Relations, Senator the Honourable Peter Cook, for his assistance during the hearing. The Committee also thanks the officials of the two departments for their attendance and co­ operation in answering questions and their willingness to provide

certain additional information to ensure that Committee Members

were aware of all information available.

Recommendations

1. Estimates Committee F recommends that the Senate approve, without amendment or request for amendment, expenditure in accordance with the additional estimates considered by the

Committee.

2. Estimates Committee F recommends that all questions taken on notice by the witnesses at the Committee's hearings and

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not answered before the conclusion of hearings, be further examined by the Senate.

3. Estimates Committee F recommends that all of the matters of

interest raised in the report be further examined by the Senate.

Michael Beahan Chairman

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Reservation

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P A R L I A M E N T O F A U S T R A L I A THE SENATE

SENATOR MICHAEL BAUME SENATOR FOR NEW SOUTH WALES

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Ms Monica McMahon Secretary Estimates Committee F The Senate Parliament House

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Dear Ms McMahon

By way of reservation I recommend that matters affecting the relevant Departments contained in the Auditor-General's Audit Report No 31 of 1989-90 tabled in the Senate after the Committee met be subject to further consideration by the

Senate.

Yours sincerely

SENATOR MICHAEL BAUME

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E S T IM A T E S COMMITTEE F

M INUTES O F PRO CEED ING S N O . 1

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S e n a t e C o m m i t t e e R oom 1 1 , P a r l i a m e n t H o u s e

1. MEETING: The Committee met in private session at 8.47 a.m.

2. APPOINTMENT OF MEMBERS: The Committee noted the resolutions of the Senate, 9 May 1990, which established the six estimates

committees and appointed the following Senators to Estimates Committee F:

Senator M. Beahan Senator R. Devlin Senator D. Brownhill Senator D. Foreman Senator G. Chapman Senator G. Tambling

3. ELECTION OF CHAIR: That Senator Beahan be the Committee Chair - moved by Senator Devlin seconded by Senator Tambling - Carried.

4. AUTHORISATION TO PUBLISH DOCUMENTS: Moved by Senator Devlin

and Senator Tambling that:

the Committee authorises the publication of all documents presented to it in the course of its hearings, and authorises the

publication of written replies and other

documents which may be forwarded to it after hearings have been completed - Carried.

5. RESOLUTION OF THE SENATE, 5 DECEMBER 1989: Relating to consideration of Appropriation Bills in Committee of the whole -

Senator Beahan briefed the Committee on the new arrangements.

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6. NEXT HEARINGS It was agreed that a hearing be scheduled for Tuesday 15 May 1990. The Order of Business as follows:

1. Department of Industrial Relations

2. Department of Primary Industries and

Energy

7. ADJOURNMENT: The meeting adjourned at 8.52 a.m.

8. ATTENDANCEs Senators Beahan (Chairman), Devlin and Tambling. Apologies were received from Senators Brownhill (on leave), Chapman and Foreman.

CONFIRMED:

Michael Beahan Chairman

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E S T IM A T E S COMMITTEE F

M IN U TES OF PR O C EED IN G S N O . 2

T u e s d a y 1 5 M ay 1 9 9 0 a t 3 . 4 6 p . m . i n

S e n a t e C o m m i t t e e R oom 1 4 , P a r l i a m e n t H o u s e

1. MEETING: The Committee met in public session at 3.46 p.m. in Senate Committee Room 14. The Chairman, Senator Beahan took

the Chair.

2. OPENING STATEMENT BY CHAIRMAN: The Chairman reported the

Resolution of the Senate, dated 9 May 1990, relating to the consideration of Additional Estimates of expenditure for 1989-90

and made a statement relating to the procedure to be followed by the Committee in its examination of the Estimates.

3. PARTICULARS OF PROPOSED ADDITIONAL EXPENDITURE 1989-90:

DEPARTMENT OF INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS:

In attendance: Senator the Honourable Peter Cook, Minister for Industrial Relations, accompanied by the following officers:

Department of Industrial Relations

Mr B. Preiss A/g Deputy Secretary

Mr P. Reece A/g First Assistant Secretary,

Industrial Relations Development

Division

Ms L. Tacy A/g First Assistant Secretary,

Industrial Relations Policy Division

Mr R. Stewart-Crompton First Assistant Secretary, Legislation and Review Division

Mr A. Chappie Assistant Secretary, APS Pay and

Structures Division, Pay and Structures

No. 1 Branch

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Ms R. Campbell First Assistant Secretary, AGE

Remuneration and Conditions Division

Mr T. Munyard Assistant Secretary, Corporate Services Branch Mr T. Brosnan Assistant Secretary, Parliamentary,

Secretariat and Communication Branch

Mr P. Turl Mr D. Seymour Mr G. Brine

Director, Systems Section

Director, Resources Management Section Assistant Director, Resources Management Section

Affirmative Action Agency

Ms V. Pratt Director

Ms J. Anderson Admin Officer

Australian Industrial Registry Relations Commission and Industrial

Mr J. Leydon Manager, Administration

National Occupational Health and Safety Commission

Mr J. Nolan-Neylan Ms M. Gallagher A/g Director, Prevention and Information A/g Director, Resources

Australian Trade Union Training Authority

Mr K. Stone National Director

Mr C . Gannon

Remuneration Tribunals

Manager, Finance and Administration

Ms B. Collins Mr T . Kenna

Secretary, Remuneration Tribunal

Executive Officer, Pharmaceutical

Benefits Remuneration Tribunal

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Comcare

Ms S. Halley Chief Executive Officer

Mr R. Knapp General Manger, Finance and Systems

Branch

The Chairman called on consideration of general items spanning

more than one program and then the following Programs requiring Additional Expenditure for consideration by the Committee

Program 1 - Industrial Relations Wages, Incomes and Labour Market Development Program 2 - Australian Government Employment: Remuneration, Structures and Conditions Program 3 - Corporate Management and Support

Together the expenditure in these Programs comprised the

following:

Division 365-371 (Document A)

Division 910 (Document B)

4. PARTICULARS OF PROPOSED ADDITIONAL EXPENDITURE 1989-90:

DEPARTMENT OF PRIMARY INDUSTRIES AND ENERGY:

In attendance: Senator the Honourable Peter Cook, representing the Minister for Primary Industries and Energy, accompanied by

the following officers:

Department of Primary Industries and Energy

Mr P . Core Executive Director,

Fisheries Group

Minerals and

Mr B. Hill Executive Director,

Forestry Group

Agriculture and

Mr P. Hunt A/g Executive Director, Corporate

Development

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Professor R. Rutland

Mr J. Cahill

Dr B. Fisher

Mr D. Gascoine

Mr J. Landos

Dr M. Williams

Mr G. Gorrie

Mr M. Waller

Ms J . Hewitt

Mr T . Byrne

Mr G . McGregor

Mr M. Holthuyzen

Mr J. Tysoe

Dr K. Lyall

Mr J. Willis

Mr G . Hooper

Mr T. Blackie

Executive Director, Bureau of Mineral Resources A/g Assistant Director, Resource Management Branch, Bureau of Mineral Resources Executive Director, Australian Bureau

of Agricultural and Resource Economics

A/g Executive Director, Australian

Quarantine and Inspection Service

Senior Assistant Director, Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service A/g Executive Director, Bureau of Rural

Resources Director, Australian Fisheries Service First Assistance Secretary, Coal and Minerals Division

First Assistant Secretary, Land Resources Division Assistant Secretary, Wheat Branch, Crops Division

First Assistant Secretary, Livestock

and Pastoral Division

A/g First Assistant Secretary, Corporate Policy Division

Assistant Secretary, Petroleum Industry Branch Assistant Secretary, Energy Programs Division Principal Executive Officer, Test Site

Management Unit Director, Agricultural and Veterinary

Chemicals Section Bureau of Rural Resources

The Chairman reported the Resolution of the Senate dated 9 May

1990 relating to the consideration of Additional Estimates of

Expenditure for 1989-90 and made a statement relating to the procedure to be followed by the Committee in its examination of the Estimates.

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The Honourable Peter Cook, Minister for Industrial Relations,

representing the Minister for Primary Industries and Energy made

an introductory statement.

The Chairman then called on consideration of general items

spanning more than one program and then the following Programs

requiring Additional Estimates for consideration by the

Committees

Program 1 - Industries Development

Program 2 - Infrastructure and Support

Program 3 - Research and Assessment

Program 4 - Departmental Policy and Management Services

Together the expenditure in these Programs comprised the

following:

Division 491-493 (Document A)

Division 930-932 (Document B)

The following documents were tabled by the Minister and are to

be incorporated in the volume of Additional Information to be

tabled in the Senate:

(i) Department of Primary Industries and Energy, Corrigendum to

Additional Estimates Explanatory Notes 1989-90; and

(ii) Senate Estimates Briefing Additional Estimates Explanatory

Notes 1989-90, Advance to Minister for Finance pending

Additional Estimates.

5. RESUMPTION OF HEARING RELATING TO DEPARTMENT OF INDUSTRIAL

RELATIONS: The Chairman, with the Committee's agreement and

Minister's consent, tabled a question on notice from Senator

Brownhill relating to expenditure on advertising by the

Department of Industrial Relations.

6. ADJOURNMENT: The Committee adjourned at 6.18 p.m.

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M IN U TES OF PRO CEED ING S NO. 3

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1. MEETING: The Committee met in private session at 12.45 p.m.

in Senator Beahan's office. The Chairman, Senator Beahan, took

the Chair.

2. CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES: The Minutes of meetings held on 11

May 1990 (No. 1) and 15 May 1990 (No. 2) were confirmed.

3. COMMITTEE REPORT: The Committee considered matters in the

Chairman's draft report and agreed that, subject to a number of

minor changes, it should become the final report and be tabled

in the Senate on 21 May 1990. The Committee also agreed that,

pending the publication of Hansard before the report is printed,

a Table of Contents for the Hansard of Hearings be included in

the report.

4. ADJOURNMENT: The Committee adjourned at 12.50 p.m.

5. ATTENDANCE: Senators Beahan (Chairman), Brownhill, Chapman

and Devlin. Apologies were received from Senators Foreman and

Tambling.

CERTIFIED CORRECT:

Michael Beahan

Chairman

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TABLE OF CONTENTS FOR HANSARD OF HEARING

TUESDAY 15 MAY 1990

SENATE

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TABLE O F CONTENTS FOR HANSARD O F HEARING

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DEPARTMENT OF INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS FI

Program 1 - Industrial Relations Wages, Incomes and

Labour Market Development F2

Australian Industrial Relations Commission and

Industrial Registry F2

Property operating expenses s reviewed rent levels F2

Former commissioners: unused recreation leave F4

Program 2 - Australian Government Employments

Remuneration Structures and Conditions F4

Pharmaceutical Benefits Remuneration Tribunal F4

Major database and fee structure inquiry F4

Program 3 - Corporate Management and Support F5

Trade Union Training Authority F5

3% national wage case F5

Increased training days and number of participants F5

Evaluation of training F5

VAX Mainframe F5

Upgrading: tenders F6

Industrial relations F6

Proposed pay increases for senior Ministerial staff F6

Commercial newspaper, magazine, radio and television

advertising F28

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Questions spanning programs F8

Commercial newspaper, magazine, radio and television

advertising F8

Australian Wool Corporation: sales to the USSR F9

Mutton exports to the USSR F9

Program 1 - Industries Development F9

International Tin Council F9

Legal settlement F9

ACT rural assistance F10

Foreign fishing and quotas F10

Supplementary allocations F10

Australian reservation Fll

Total allowable catches: Timor Sea, North West

Shelf and Arafura Sea Fll

Redetermining quotas: prawns and gemfish, shark

and tuna, south-east trawl Fll

Drift net fishing and southern bluefin tuna Fll

Australian Fisheries Council F12

Delay in distribution of resolutions F12

Ashmore and Cartier Islands F12

Fee increase for increased exploration F12

Payments to the Northern Territory: administration

of exploration permits and activities F12

ACT rural assistance F13

Brucellosis and tuberculosis eradication F13

Program 2 - Infrastructure and Support F13

Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service F13

Corrigendum to Explanatory Notes: property

operating expenses F13

National Afforestation Program F13

Grants to organisations F13

Initiatives in NSW and Victoria F14

DEPARTMENT OF PRIMARY INDUSTRIES AND ENERGY F7

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Forest industry strategy in Tasmania F14

Salaries and Payments in the nature of salary F14

National resource management F14

Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service F14

Commonwealth/State Forestry Industry Packages F14

Tasmanian forest industry strategy F14

NSW South-East forests F14

Victoria East Gippsland region F15

Skills training program F15

Computer modelling capacity F15

Road accessibility F15

Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service F16

Federal Airports Corporation: charges F16

Fishing incursions F16

North-west Western Australia and Northern

Territory: increase in activity F16

Capital costs F16

Standing arrangements: co-ordination F16

Discussions with Indonesian officials F17

Vessels under apprehension F17

Budget co-ordination F17

Land Care Australia Limited F18

Year/Decade of Land Care F18

Funds from private sources F18

Tax deductibility F18

Directors appointed F18

Rural assistance to the ACT F18

National Soil Conservation Program F19

Breakdown of appropriation F19

Number of staff: extension officers F19

Murray-Darling basin F19

Land Care Australia Limited F20

Expected annual costs F20

Funds raised F20

Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service F20

Increased running costs F20

Inspection of imported foods F21

Overtime payments in meat industry F21

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Transfer of staff to states and settlement

of entitlements F21

Offsets F21

Meat Inspectors: closure of abattoirs F21

Imported food inspection program F22

Middle Eastern Trade F22

Live sheep exports F22

Accompanying veterinary officials F22

Scabby mouth F22

Health certification and legal consequences F23

Trans-Tasman Quarantine Administration F24

International Plant Protection Convention F24 International Office for Epizootics F24

General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade F24

Access Days and Telephone Hotline F24

European House borer F25

Acceptable risk policy F25

Block of flats in Sydney F25

Individual Exotic Diseases F25

Screwworm fly plants F25

AusVet plan F25

Quarantine of dried fruit F26

Voluntary agreement: SA, NSW and Vic F26

Imported foods inspection program F26

United Nations Economic Commission for Europe F26

Standardisation of dry and dried produce and the

development of quality control codes F26

Program 3 - Research and Assessment F26

Bureau of Mineral Resources F26

Replacement aircraft F26

Continental margins program: sleeve guns for

seismic program F27

Program 4 - Departmental Policy and Management Services F27

Compensation and legal expenses F27

Atomic tests: individual compensation F27

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Transfer of staff to states and settlement

of entitlements F21

Offsets F21

Meat Inspectors: closure of abattoirs F21

Imported food inspection program F22

Middle Eastern Trade F22

Live sheep exports F22

Accompanying veterinary officials F22

Scabby mouth F22

Health certification and legal consequences F23

Trans-Tasman Quarantine Administration F24

International Plant Protection Convention F24

International Office for Epizootics F24

General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade F24

Access Days and Telephone Hotline F24

European House borer F25

Acceptable risk policy F25

Block of flats in Sydney F25

Individual Exotic Diseases F25

Screwworm fly plants F25

AusVet plan F25

Quarantine of dried fruit F26

Voluntary agreement: SA, NSW and Vic F26

Imported foods inspection program F26

United Nations Economic Commission for Europe F26

Standardisation of dry and dried produce and the

development of quality control codes F26

Program 3 - Research and Assessment F26

Bureau of Mineral Resources F26

Replacement aircraft F26

Continental margins program: sleeve guns for seismic program F27

Program 4 - Departmental Policy and Management Services F27

Compensation and legal expenses F27

Atomic tests: individual compensation F27

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