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Wednesday, 23 October 1974
Page: 1922

Senator Baume asked the Minister representing the Treasurer, upon notice:

(   1 ) How many certificates of inexpediency have been issued in the past two years.

(2)   What are the projects and project costs which have resulted from the issue of such certificates in the past two years.

Senator Wriedt - The Treasurer has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

There are 101 officers in Australia and a further 19 officers overseas who are currently authorised by the Secretary to the Treasury to issue certificates of inexpediency. These officers are spread throughout 17 departments.

Because of the decentralised way in which individual approvals are recorded, it would not be possible to obtain the information requested without an extensive search of departmental purchasing records.

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