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Tuesday, 15 March 2005
Page: 9


Senator ABETZ (Special Minister of State) (1:08 PM) —I am advised that the Director-General of AusAID will be responsible for ensuring that all commitments, procurement and expenditure for the partnership are in accordance with the provisions of the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 and associated regulations. Financial details, as with all special accounts, will be reported in the consolidated financial statement each year. Progress with implementing the partnership and outcomes achieved will also be reported in AusAID’s annual report. I am also pleased to note that the Australian government’s administrative costs associated with managing the partnership will be modest and covered separately from the partnership, allowing our $1 billion to have the maximum effect on Indonesia’s reconstruction and development. Given the process I have just outlined, you can pursue the exact detail, of course, through the Senate estimates process.

Bill agreed to.

APPROPRIATION (TSUNAMI FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AND AUSTRALIA-INDONESIA PARTNERSHIP) BILL 2004-2005

Bill—by leave—taken as a whole.