Title Estimates - Senate Committees - Reports - Particulars of certain proposed expenditure in respect of year ending 30 June - 1992 - Committee B - Report
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Date 09-10-1991
Parliament No. 36
Tabled in Senate 09-10-1991
Parliamentary Paper Year 1991
Parliamentary Paper No. 474
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Estimates - Senate Committees - Reports - Particulars of certain proposed expenditure in respect of year ending 30 June - 1992 - Committee B - Report

The Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia

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

Reports to the Senate on D epartm ental Estimates for Year 1991-92 and Expenditure under the A dvance to the M inister for Finance for 1990-91

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Reports to the Senate on Departmental Estimates for year 1991-92 and expenditure under the Advance to the M inister for Finance for 1990-91

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CONTENTS PAGE

1. Resolution of the Senate .......................................................................... v

2. Estimates Committee G roups................................................................... vi

3. Membership of Com m ittees...................................................................... vi

4. Estimates Committee A

R e p o rt..................................................................................................... 1

Reservations............................................................................................ 11

Unanswered questions as at 14 October 1991 .................................... 26

Minutes of Proceedings Wednesday, 4 September 1991 (2 meetings).................................. 29

Monday, 9 September 1 9 9 1 ............................................................ 33

Wednesday, 11 September 1991...................................................... 36

Monday, 23 September 1 9 9 1 .......................................................... 39

Wednesday, 25 September 1991...................................................... 45

Friday, 11 October 1991 ................................................................. 50

Monday, 14 October 1 9 9 1 ............................................................... 53

Index to Hansard of public h earin g s.................................................... 55

5. Estimates Committee B

R e p o rt..................................................................................................... 81

Reservations............................................................. ............................... 93

Minutes of Proceedings Wednesday, 4 September 1991 ...................................................... 97

Monday, 9 September 1 9 9 1 ............................................................. 100

Wednesday, 11 September 1991...................................................... 104

Tuesday, 8 October 1991................................................................. 108

Index to Hansard of public hearings.................................................... 109

List of questions taken on notice during the Committee's consideration of the estim ates............................................................. 121

6. Estimates Committee C

R e p o rt..................................................................................................... 137

Index to Hansard of public hearings.................................................... 147

Minutes of Proceedings Wednesday, 4 September 1991 (2 meetings).................................. 167

Monday, 9 September 1991 (3 m eetings)...................................... 174

Wednesday, 11 September 1991...................................................... 181

Tuesday, 8 October 1991................................................................. 184

List of Questions on n o tice................................................................... 189

Reservations............................................................................................ 249

Addendum (10 October 1991) ............................................................ 257

Addendum (16 October 1991) ............................................................ 258

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7. Estimates Committee D

R ep o rt..................................................................................................... 259

Reservations............................................................................................ 267

Unanswered questions as at 8 October 1991 ....................................... 271

Index to Hansard of public h earin g s.................................................... 276

Minutes of Proceedings Tuesday, 3 September 1991 ............................................................. 287

Thursday, 5 September 1991 ........................................................... 288

Tuesday, 10 September 1991 ........................................................... 291

Thursday, 12 September 1991 ........................................................ 294

Wednesday, 9 October 1991 ........................................................... 297

8. Estimates Committee E

R ep o rt..................................................................................................... 299

Reservations............................................................................................ 309

Addendum.............................................................................................. 320

Minutes of Proceedings Thursday, 5 September 1991 ........................................................... 323

Tuesday, 10 September 1991 ........................................................... 328

Thursday, 12 September 1991 ........................................................ 333

Thursday, 19 September 1991 ........................................................ 336

Wednesday, 9 October 1991 ........................................................... 339

List of questions taken on notice before and during the public hearings ............................................................................... 341

Unanswered questions as at 9 October 1991 ....................................... 365

Index to Hansard of public hearings.................................................... 369

9. Estimates Committee F

R ep o rt.................................................................................................... 385

Reservations............................................................................................ 397

List of questions taken on notice by portfolio officers before and during the hearings .......................................................... 407

Index to Hansard of public hearings.................................................... 451

Minutes of Proceedings Thursday, 5 September 1991 .......................................................... 477

Tuesday, 10 September 1991 ........................................................... 483

Thursday, 12 September 1991 ........................................................ 487

Wednesday, 9 October 1991 .......................................................... 489

1. RESOLUTION OF THE SENATE AGREED TO ON 22 AUGUST 1991

REFERENCE OF PARTICULARS OF PROPOSED EXPENDITURE 1991-92 AND DEPARTMENTAL EXPENDITURE UNDER ADVANCE TO THE MINISTER FOR FINANCE 1990-91: The Minister for Justice and Consumer Affairs (Senator Tate), at the request of the Manager of Government Business

(Senator McMullan) and pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved-(1) That the particulars of proposed expenditure in relation to the Parliamentary Departments in respect of the year ending on 30 June 1992,

the particulars of proposed expenditure for the service of the year ending on 30 June 1992 and the particulars of certain proposed expenditure in respect of the year ending on 30 June 1992 be referred to estimates committees for examination and report. (2) That expenditure under the Advance to the Minister for Finance for the

year ended 30 June 1991 be referred to estimates committees for examination and report prior to its consideration in committee of the whole. (3) That the committees consider proposed expenditure and departmental expenditure under the Advance to the Minister for Finance in estimates

committee groupings agreed to by the resolutions of the Senate of 9 and 10 May, 11 September 1990 and 13 February 1991. (4) That the committees report to the Senate on or before 9 October 1991. (5) 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 - 4, 9 and 11 September, (b) Committees D, E and F - 5, 10 and 12 September; and (c) if required, on such other days as determined by the committees. Question put and passed.

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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, Tourism and Territories

Estimates Committee E Attorney General Health, Housing and Community Services Veterans' Affairs

Estimates Committee F Industrial Relations Primary Industries and Energy Transport and Communications

3. MEMBERSHIP OF COMMITTEES

Estimates Committee A

Senator Bishop Senator Childs (Chairman) Senator Coates Senator O'Chee Senator Short Senator Walsh

Estimates Committee B

Senator Burns (Chairman) Senator Devereux Senator Hill* Senator MacGibbon Senator Newman Senator Schacht

* Senator Du rack to replace Senator Hill for the consideration of the estimates of the Department of Defence.

Estimates Committee C

Senator Alston* Senator Aulich Senator Crowley (Chairman) Senator Patterson*

Senator Reynolds Senator Walters*

* Senators Baume, Campbell and Crichton-Browne to replace Senators Alston, Patterson and Walters for the consideration of the estimates of the Department of the Arts, Sport, the Environment, Tourism and Territories.

Estimates Committee D

Senator Kemp Senator Loosley Senator Maguire Senator Parer*

Senator Teague Senator Zakharov (Chairman)

* Senator Tierney to replace Senator Parer for the consideration of the estimates of the Department of Employment, Education and Training.

Estimates Committee E

Senator Champbell* Senator Cooney (Chairman) Senator Giles Senator Macdonald*

Senator Vanstone* + Senator West

* Senators Herron, Walters and Patterson to replace Senators Macdonald, Campbell and Vanstone for the consideration of the estimates of the Department of the Health, Housing and Community Services.

+ Senator Newman to replace Senator Vanstone for the consideration of the estimates of the Department of Veterans' Affairs.

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Estimates Committee F

Senator Beahan (Chairman) Senator Chapman Senator Crane Senator McKiernan Senator Panizza* Senator Sherry

* Senator Olsen to replace Senator Panizza for the consideration of the estimates of the Department of Industrial Relations.

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ESTIMATES COMMITTEE A

REPORT TO THE SENATE

October 1991

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

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Report to the Senate 1

Reservations Senators Bronwyn Bishop and Jim Short 7

Senator Bill O'Chee 15

Senator Ian Campbell 18

Senator John Panizza 19

Senator Grant Tambling 20

Senator John Watson 21

Appendix: List of questions unanswered by 14 October 1991 22

Minutes of Proceedings Wednesday, 4 September 1991 Monday, 9 September 1991 Wednesday, 11 September 1991

Monday, 23 September 1991 Wednesday, 25 September 1991 Friday, 11 October 1991 Monday, 14 October 1991

Index to Hansard of public hearings

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ESTIMATES COMMITTEE A

REPORT TO THE SENATE

Estimates Committee A presents its report to the Senate.

INTRODUCTION

1. On 22 August 1990, the Senate referred to the Committee, for examination and report, the Particulars of Proposed Expenditure for the service of the year ending on 30 June 1992, the Particulars of Certain Proposed Expenditure in respect of the year ending

30 June 1992 and the expenditure under the Advance to the Minister for Finance for the year ending on 30 June 1991 in respect of the following ministerial portfolios.

. Prime Minister and Cabinet (including the Office of the Governor- General)

. Industry, Technology and Commerce

. Treasury

. Finance

The Senate also referred to the Committee Particulars of Proposed Expenditure in relation to the Parliamentary Departments.

2. The Committee has considered the estimates for the year ending 30 June 1992 and the Advance to the Minister for Finance, together with Portfolio Performance Statements and has received evidence from the President of the Senate (Senator the Hon. Kerry Sibraa), the Minister for Industry, Technology and Commerce (Senator the

Hon. John Button) and the Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer (Senator the Hon. Bob McMullan), and officers of the departments and authorities concerned. Copies of the Minutes of Proceedings and Hansard reports of the evidence taken by the Committee are tabled for the information of the Senate in connection with Appropriation Bill (No.

1) 1991-92 and AppropriationBill (No. 2) 1991-92 and the Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Bill 1991-92 Further written explanations furnished by departments will be presented separately.

3. The Committee draws the attention of the Senate to the following matters which arose during consideration of the Estimates.

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MATTERS RECOMMENDED FOR FURTHER EXAMINATION BY THE SENATE

Issues relevant to more than one portfolio

Late provision o f annual reports and other supporting documents

4. The Committee made extensive use of the draft and final annual reports supplied by most agencies whose estimates were reviewed. The Committee acknowledges that estimates hearings began one week earlier this year than last and that, despite this, more agencies supplied their reports this year than last. This overall improvement in performance focussed the Committee's attention on the failure of a few agencies to supply drafts of their annual reports at all and on the performance of a few agencies which supplied drafts only shortly before the scheduled hearings. Delays of this type make it impossible for senators to read the annual reports in time to prepare adequately for hearings.

5. Austrade is a major agency which did not supply a draft annual report to the Committee. The Treasury draft report was supplied only shortly before the scheduled hearing.

6. The Committee was also concerned at relatively frequent instances of late provision of supporting documentation by departments and agencies. In many cases, corrigenda to Program Performance Statements or other important supporting information was supplied so close to the beginning of hearings as to restrict the capacity of Committee members to make use of the material.

Reconciliation of amounts in Appropriation Bills and Program Performance Statements

7. The use of Program Performance Statements as agendas for Committee hearings makes it essential that expenditure reported in the statements be capable of reconciliation with the Appropriation Bills. If the two sets of proposed expenditure cannot be reconciled, it will be possible for amounts to be appropriated that are not subject to effective scrutiny by the estimates committees. The Department of Finance guidelines require portfolios to present a reconciliation table in their Program Performance Statements but do not specify a standard format for the table.

8. In checking the reconciliation of estimates in the two sets of documents, Committee staff found it necessary to approach staff in several portfolios to clarify anomalies. One such case involved amounts totalling $2.23 million which appeared in the Appropriation Bills against the Prime Minister's Portfolio but did not appear in Program Performance Statements. The Committee recommends that the Department of Finance specify a standard format for tables to be included in Program Performance Statements to reconcile Appropriation Bill and program format presentation of proposed expenditure.

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PARLIAMENTARY DEPARTMENTS

Department of the Senate

"Clerk's Review" section in Department's Annual Report: Program 1

9. Senators asked questions at the Committee's hearing concerning the introductory section to the Annual Report of the Department of the Senate. Some senators may wish to further discuss this issue in the Committee of the Whole.

Publication o f the 6th edition o f Australian Senate Practice: Program 3

10. The publication of Australian Senate Practice by the Royal Australian Institute of Public Administration was the subject of discussion at the Committee's hearing. Views were expressed on the quality of the publication and on whether such a work should in future be published by the Senate. It was established that money was appropriated to

provide a copy of the 6th edition to all senators who wish to receive one.

Claim o f sexual harassment: Program 5

11. The Committee heard evidence on a case of alleged sexual harassment then before the Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission in which the Department of the Senate had been joined as defendant. The Chair advised that, relying on the sub judice convention, he would rule out of order questioning on details of the case.

12. The case was settled subsequent to the Committee's hearing. A report on the Department's involvement was supplied by the Qerk and is included in a separate volume of additional information.

Department of the Parliamentary Library

Implementation o f Auditor-GeneraIs Report No. 6/1991-92: Program 3

13. Senators expressed concern at the content of the Auditor-General's report reviewing the management of the Department of the Parliamentary Library. The Committee noted a statement by the President to the effect that he and the Speaker had

accepted the Auditor-General's recommendation that an individual or working group be given the task of implementing the recommendations of the report.

Departmental financial management system: Program 3

14. Senators asked questions at the Committee's hearing concerning the implementation of the MFASYS computerised accounting system in the Department. Some senators may wish to further discuss this issue in the Committee of the Whole.

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Resource Assessment Commission: Sub-program 6.4

15. In reviewing the estimates of the Resource Assessment Commission, senators expressed concern at the overall staffing levels of the Commission, the staffing of inquiries and the issue of private-plated cars to Commissioners. These matters are further discussed in a reservation by Senator O'Chee.

INDUSTRY, TECHNOLOGY AND COMMERCE PORTFOLIO

Textile, Clothing and Footwear Development Authority training program: Sub-program 1.2

16. Members of the Committee indicated an interest in further review of the training and education program for union members in the textile, clothing and footwear industries.

Incorporation o f the Commission for the Future: Sub-program 2.7

17. The Committee was advised that the Commission for the Future, formerly a non- statutory body in the portfolio, has been incorporated as a company limited by guarantee. The Government appoints two of six directors and provides a large proportion of the Commission's funding but now considers the Commission to be a private company. Requests from Committee members for attendance by officers of the Commission were rejected initially but Ms Susan Oliver, the Director of the Commission, attended a subsequent hearing at the Minister's invitation. The Committee has some concerns at the precedent set by the incorporation of a non-statutory body in this case. The case has potentially important implications for public accountability.

Payments under the Bounty (Ships) Act 1989 and the Bounty (Ship Repair) Act 1986: Program 4

18. The Committee heard evidence concerning payment under the two Acts cited above. The evidence concerned, among other cases, the vessel The Other Woman, discussed in the next paragraph. Some members indicated an interest in further review of the issues raised.

EFIC loan subsidies and guarantees in relation to construction o f vessel The Other Woman: Program 4

19. The Committee heard evidence on various forms of Government financial assistance through EFIC and other programs for the construction of a vessel named The Other Woman. Some members of the Committee were concerned that the decisions by EFIC in this case were not appropriate.

PRIME MINISTER’S PORTFOLIO

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Australian Customs Service, Coastwatch contract: Sub-program 4.5

20. Members of the Committee expressed concern at aspects of the Coastwatch contract administered by the Australian Customs Service. This matter is discussed in more detail in a reservation attached to this report by Senator O'Chee.

TREASURER'S PORTFOLIO

Development o f micro-economic model: Sub-program 1.4

21. The Committee heard evidence on the development by the Treasury of a micro­ economic model capable, among other things, of modelling the effects of a broad-based consumption tax. Some members of the Committee expressed concern at the possibility of misuse of the model in the course of party-political debate.

Insurance and Superannuation Commissioner, Resources: Sub-program 2.1

22. The Committee noted that recent changes to superannuation arrangements have very greatly increased the workload of the Insurance and Superannuation Commissioner and that resources available to the Commissioner do not appear to have increased in proportion. The Committee would not wish to see the Commissioner's important

functions suffer from inadequate resource allocation.

Number and extent o f corrigenda to Portfolio Performance Statement: Program 4

23. In its last report the Committee commented on the number and significance of changes required to the Treasury Portfolio Performance Statement (PPS). It was disappointing therefore that changes were required to more than a dozen tables in the latest PPS, several of them involving significant amounts of proposed expenditure. As noted in Paragraph 4 above, the Treasury also supplied its draft annual report only a

matter of days before the Committee's hearing. The Committee notes the Department's explanation that there have been extensive recent staff changes in the Branch responsible for preparing these documents. Nevertheless, the importance of Committee access to accurate documentation on a timely basis must be stressed.

Questions taken on notice - Australian Taxation Office: Program 6

24. The Committee's hearing on the estimates of the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) took place on Friday, 11 October 1991, the working day before the Committee adopted this report. It clearly would not have been possible for the ATO in the limited time available to answer many of the questions taken on notice at the hearing. For that

reason, the Committee has not listed any questions to the ATO in the Appendix. The Committee will table an addendum to the report on 5 November 1991 listing questions on notice to the ATO not answered by 26 October 1991 and those answered by that time but which Committee members believe should be subject to further examination by the

Senate.

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Controls on use o f the Advance to the Minister for Finance: Sub-program 2.3

25. On this, as on previous occasions, members of the Committee expressed concern at the processes followed in the approval of some payments from the Advance to the Minister for Finance. Such payments allow the Government to expend public money ahead of parliamentary approval if certain criteria are met. It is important that the criteria be adhered to if parliamentary control of the Executive is to be effective.

MATTERS RELATING TO THE COMMITTEE'S REVIEW OF THE ESTIMATES

Allocation o f portfolios to estimates committees

26. Excluding adjournments for meal breaks, Estimates Committee A sat for more than 57 hours on she sitting days during its current review of the estimates. The longest sitting extended over 15 hours while one sitting extended from 7.30 pm on 9 September 1991 until 4.10 am the next morning. As in the Budget estimates in 1990 and the additional estimates in 1991, this Committee sat for far longer in total and on more days than did any other Estimates Committee. The estimates of five portfolios are referred to this Committee, making it the only Committee to review more than three portfolios.

RECOMMENDATIONS

27. The Committee recommends that matters raised in this report and all questions taken on notice by witnesses at the Committee's hearings and not answered by 14 October 1991, as listed in the Appendix, be subject to further examination by the Senate.

28. The Committee recommends that the Senate approve, without amendment or request, expenditure in accordance with the estimates considered by the Committee.

FINANCE PORTFOLIO

Senator Bruce Childs Chair

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ESTIMATES COMMIT!ΉΚ A

RESERVATION BY SENATORS BISHOP AND SHORT

By way of reservation, we recommend that the matters discussed below and other matters affecting the questions asked by us and taken on notice be subject to further examination by the Senate.

MATTERS RELATING TO THE COMMITTEE'S REVIEW OF THE ESTIMATES

Late Provision of Annual Reports

The timely provision of annual reports is essential for the proper scrutiny of the Appropriation Bills by Senate Estimates Committees. Despite persistent requests in these and previous hearings of the Committee to supply, at the very least, draft annual reports, agencies have failed to do so in a timely manner. The failure of Austrade to

supply any report at all is noted with particular concern.

Length of Committee Hearings

We note that the Committee sat for a period in excess of 57 hours. As in previous hearings of the Committee, we consider that the length of the hearing was partly due to:

- a reluctance by some officers to convey complete information;

- a lack of understanding by some officers of the purpose of the hearings and the process of evaluation; and

- attempts by the relevant Minister or Parliamentary Secretary to prevent officers from answering questions of the Committee.

Of grave concern was the action taken by Senator Button to curtail the Committee's consideration of his ministerial portfolio which resulted in a less than satisfactory investigation of those estimates.

Program Performance Statements

We note the use of the new Program Performance Statements (PPS) which are to be contrasted with the Explanatory Notes used in previous years. We consider that the failure of the PPS's to provide an adequate derivation of the current year's expenditure by detailing a reconciliation between actual and proposed outlays restricts the usefulness

of the Statements.

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PARLIAMENT ARY DEPARTMENTS

DEPARTMENT OF THE SENATE

Case of Sexual Harassment Before the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission

Allegations of a most grave nature were made against an officer of the Department and, subsequent to the hearings of the Committee, was considered by the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission. The Committee's restriction of consideration of this matter is noted.

We are concerned as to the correctness of the handling of the matter by Senate officers and the resulting cost to the taxpayers.

In answers to questions it was revealed that the Department of the Senate conceded that even on a high standard of proof some of the complainant's allegations had been proven. In spite of such a finding little action had been taken against the officer concerned.

DEPARTMENT OF THE PARLIAMENTARY LIBRARY

Implementation of Auditor-General's Report No. 6 1991/92

The Auditor-General revealed maladministration of a pervasive and fundamental nature within the Parliamentary Library. The Librarian's failure to attend the Committee hearing is noted as are the actions of the Presiding officers subsequent to the hearings of Committee. We consider the implementation of the Auditor-General's

recommendations as a matter of some urgency.

Overseas Trips of Officers of the Department

The Committee investigated the matter of overseas trips taken by officers of the Library. Of concern was the relevance of certain trips taken by officers to their work within the Library. A proposed trip by the executive project officer to the People's Republic of China came under particular scrutiny and highlighted an apparent lack of adequate

mechanisms to assess the worth of such travel to the Parliamentary Library.

Middle Management Conference

A middle management residential conference held in May 1991 at the Eagle Hawk Motel outside Canberra was scrutinised by the Committee. Given that all the officers who attended the Conference were Canberra based, the necessity for the Library to pay accommodation costs was brought under question. This was given considerable attention as the Committee had on previous occasions questioned a similar expenditure for a workshop at the Sydney Hilton Hotel solely for Canberra based officers within the

Parliamentary Information Systems Office.

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There has been considerable growth in some divisions of the Department, particularly in those with responsibilities also covered by other Government departments. Moreover, there has been a growth in the Department's use of consultants, despite increases in staff levels. In one instance, a consultant had been engaged in a co-ordinating role for the

Ecologically Sustainable Development project. We consider it remarkable that no Departmental officers were able to undertake this task. We note with concern this growth in expansion and duplication of Government advice.

We are also concerned at the lack of accountability available to the Parliament on the nature and quality of advice provided to the Prime Minister. The Department failed to provide useful performance evaluation. Instead, its statements were mainly jargon and

without real substance.

Other Matters

. Growth in PM&C . Duplication of tasks/advice provided by other Departments . Accountability of advice provided by PM&C . The ESD project

. Excessive use of consultants . PM&C's inability to provide answers on the costs of bodies included in the Senate Standing Committee on Finance and Public Administration's publication "List of Commonwealth Bodies, June 1991"

. Use of contingency valuations by the Resource Assessment Commission.

PRIME MINISTERS PORTFOLIO

INDUSTRY, TECHNQIjOGY AND COMMERCE PORTFOUO

COMMISSION FOR THE FUTURE

Incorporation of the Commission

Upon the incorporation of the Commission for the Future as a company limited by guarantee we note with concern the initial refusal of the Minister to ensure the attendance of the Commission before the Committee, despite an appropriation of $900,000. This cavalier attitude to accountability is a matter of concern.

Also of concern is the prospect for the Government to transfer Government agencies off budget prior to full privatisation and in the process minimise Parliamentary scrutiny of such agencies.

Publications of the Commission

The Commission publishes a magazine entitled "21 C" which was brought under question by the Committee. Matters of authenticity and acceptability of articles were considered. The Commission indicated that the standard of scrutiny of articles for future editions would be "immeasurably higher" than the original magazine.

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INDUSTRY RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT BOARD

Declarations of Interest

In response to an Opposition request in 1989 the Industry Research and Development Board agreed to supply details of potential conflicts of interest declared by members of the Board and its committees in relation to grant and tax concession applications by companies and organisations.

In May 1991, the Opposition revealed that since 1986-87 almost 18 per cent of approved grants and about 30 per cent of the dollar value of total grants had gone to companies and organisations which had an association with members of the Board and its committees. In response to the raising of these matters in the House of Representatives the Minister for Industry, Technology and Commerce indicated that the Board had changed its procedures in relation to these issues.

We recommend that the Committee continue to monitor this issue.

AUSTRALIAN CUSTOMS SERVICE

Investigations Performance

The performance of the Investigations sub-program of the Australian Customs Service was considered by the Committee. In the 1990-91 financial year the sub-program initiated 532 investigation cases with suspected fraud involved totalling $54.9 million. In spite of this figure, 45 commercial prosecutions were completed, returning $3.9 million.

We consider that this performance is less than satisfactory given that answers to Questions on Notice revealed the total cost of running the Investigation component of the ACS during 1990/91, including the cost of non-commercial cases, background research and target identification as well as commercial fraud, was $14.7 million.

It was revealed that no mandatory education qualifications are required for recruitment to the Investigation sub-program and only 19 per cent of officers within the program have tertiary qualifications.

Administration of the Bounty Acts

The Committee considered evidence of the ACS in relation to payments under the Bounty /Ships') Acts of 1980 and 1989. The legislation confers responsibility for the Acts upon the Comptroller-General of Customs. On the basis of the answers given to the Committee we are not satisfied that it was established that the Comptroller-General is sufficiently aware of his responsibilities under the Acts.

Evidence was presented as to payments made for the construction of a vessel named ’The Other Woman". In spite of strict requirements under the legislation for applicants to satisfy the Minister of sufficient technical and financial management skills it is apparent from the liquidation of the original shipbuilder that requirements of the

legislation may not have been properly met.

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We recommend that the Auditor-General investigate the administration of the Bounty Acts and the role of DITAC, the ACS and the responsible Minister in discharging their duties under the Acts.

Matters Relevant to the Midford Paramount Inquiry of the JCPA

The Committee considered penalty/remission cases in relation to the so called "triple dipping registration scheme". In particular the question was asked whether there were cases subsequent to the Walker case where the ACS had used the "triple dipping scheme". We recommend that the Senate take note of the answer supplied to this

question and investigate further.

AUSTRADE

EFIC Loans and Guarantees

Evidence was presented to the Committee on industry protection to exporters through the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation. The payment of an $8 million loan at eight per cent interest for eight years to one Mr Edward A. Cantor for the construction of the vessel 'The Other Woman" was discussed. EFIC also paid out from its "commercial account" some S3.8 million on a performance bond and other financial

support for the same vessel.

The Committee considered a letter of Senator Button to Senator Bishop in which the Minister admitted that he had provided incorrect information to the Senate concerning the use of taxpayers' funds to subsidise the loan to Mr Cantor.

In light of the provision of an estimated $14.7 million in 1991-92 from the Budget in the form of interest subsidies for financing eligible export transactions, the scope for Parliamentary scrutiny of EFIC is clearly inadequate. The failure to answer properly certain questions relating to Government and taxpayer money

leads to the conclusion that there should be greater powers of Senate Estimates Committees to consider sufficiently the accountability of government agencies.

Consultancies for Former Am trade Officers

The Committee examined a consultancy totalling some $30,000 for the former managing director of Austrade to visit Berlin and Hawaii even though he had only recently resigned from Austrade and the Government already had representation in Berlin in the person of Dr Charles, the former head of DITAC.

Legal Suit relating to alleged Misstatements of a Former Trade Commissioner

A matter was raised by the Committee concerning a suit by a Canadian company against Austrade alleging that the former trade commissioner in Vancouver, Mr David Combe, knowingly withheld certain vital information by an Australian winery which went bankrupt.

It was alleged that the Canadian firm placed an order with the Australian winemaker as a result of Austrade's advice and that Austrade was aware of the financial state of the

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winemaker at the time of the advice.

Due to the sub judice nature of the issue the Committee was restricted from investigating the matter but we recommend that the Committee monitor the progress of the case.

TREASURY PORTFOLIO

DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY

Some Treasury officials were unable to provide information concerning appropriate performance indicators. In particular, no attempt appears to have been made by Treasury to measure its efficiency in promoting an efficient financial system in Australia. The uncooperative approach taken by some Departmental officials at the hearings

highlights their poor commitment to the process of evaluation of effectiveness of Government programs. It also obstructs the important democratic process of Parliamentary scrutiny of Government budgetary proposals.

Micro-Economic Model

The Committee examined the development of a micro-economic model capable of modelling the effects of any Goods and Services Tax proposed by the Coalition. It was admitted in the hearing that the model was being developed at the behest of the Treasurer and would be used to cost the Opposition's tax package.

We consider that not only is it totally inappropriate to devote public resources on party political purposes but it is unacceptable to enlist the services of the bureaucracy to achieve such ends as was done prior to the last election when the resources of the Department of Finance were abused in a similar manner.

AUSTRALIAN TAXATION OFFICE

Consultancies relating to Indirect Taxation

The Committee scrutinised a number of consultants' reports relating to indirect taxes, in particular, a report prepared by Quantum Market Research at a cost of $75,497 which researched attitudes of business proprietors.

A total of 3,900 letters were dispatched and 964 interviews conducted. The report revealed dissatisfaction with the current wholesale sales tax and concluded:

"Problems which arise for tax payers are again mostly linked with the system itself rather than wider issues."

In support of the introduction of a goods and services tax the report stated:

"There appears to be a range of complexities and rulings which make compliance with sales tax laws quite difficult. It was in this context that a number of respondents during the initial research phase saw the ultimate solution as being

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the introduction of a consumption tax rather than a modification of the current system."

We recommend that the Senate take note of this Finding.

Several other consultancies were investigated by the Committee. In particular, a consultancy worth $236,000 to Ernst and Young for involvement in the development and delivery of a technical training program was discussed. The contract was awarded by Mr Landau of the Tax Office without any tender process and without knowledge of the

procurement guidelines.

In view of the pious attitude of the ATO in relation to those who breach the tax laws the failure of the Tax Office to properly tender consultancies is of considerable concern.

Tax Office Leaks

The Committee considered the highly improper leaking of information concerning the personal tax matters of New South Wales State parliamentarian, Mr Phillip Smiles. It was revealed that the Tax Office was investigating whether the information had been leaked from the ATO.

We recommend that the Senate monitor the progress of the investigation.

Other Matters

. Performance evaluation . Difficulties in measuring the efficiency of the control of the financial system . Implementation of RBL determinations . Tax simplification timetable

. Provision of adequate resources for the Insurance and Superannuation Commission . ISC approach to AFCO . Financial arrangements between Commonwealth and State Governments

FINANCE PORTFOLIO

We note the growth in the Department's staffing levels, despite the current economic climate. The figures for staffing levels provided in the PPS's complicated the assessment of individual program staffing levels because they included staff provisions not appropriated to any particular program, but which came under the Secretary's

"contingency fund".

The Task Force on Asset Sales appears to have made little progress in its program of asset sales. HLIC is still to be finalised. The uranium stockpile has not been disposed of. The role of the Task Force should be reviewed, particularly as it has not been involved with some recent major Government asset sales, such as the Commonwealth

Bank and AUSSAT.

We were surprised to learn that the legislative timetable for changes to ensure the

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statutory independence of the Australian National Audit office (ANAO) will not allow the ANAO to be fully independent until July 1993.

This delay is a matter of concern as it acts as an impediment to evaluation and accountability.

Australian Government Credit Cards

The Auditor-General's Audit Report No. 7 considered the use of the Australian Government Credit Card (AGCC). A key finding of the Audit was that:

"control arrangements related to the issue and use of the cards were not being satisfactorily maintained in some cases, and cardholder reconciliations of statements from Westpac and reconciliations of Reserve Bank Settlement Accounts in some cases were not being carried out or were in arrears."

We question whether there are proper mechanisms in place to guard against misuse of the AGCC.

In addition to the Auditor's report the Committee heard that due to the payment by the Government of accounts within 15 days after the thirty day billing cycle the Government effectively receives an average of 30 days credit over 45 days. As the Government takes advantage of the interest free period and given that interest is not able to be charged during the 30 day period this means that other Australian credit card holders who pay interest are subsidising the Government's use of the credit card.

Other Matters

. DoF evaluation of FMIP . Provision of forward estimates of revenue and expenditure information . Increasing staffing levels • Commonwealth retirement benefits • Role and performance of the Task Force on Asset Sales . Role of the Auditor-General

SENATOR BRONWYN BISHOP Senator for New South Wales Senator for Victoria

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Mr Peter Hamburger Secretary Estimates Committee A Parliament House

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Dear Mr Hamburger,

By way of reservation, I r ec o m m en d that the following items, and othe r matters relating to

questions I asked which were taken on notice be subj ec t to furthe r exa min at ion by the Senate.

D E P A R T M E N T OF PRIME M I N IS T E R A N D CABIN ET

Resource Assessment Commisssion

The Commission was questioned at len gth dur ing the hearing held on 23rd Se ptem ber, 1991 although the responses received were far from satisfactory.

There would seem to be a paucity o f methodological direction in the only two published works of the Resource Assessment Commission. In the K aka du Inquiry, little attention was paid to the social impact of the Commission's rec om m en d a tio n on the people of the N o rt h ern Ter ritor y. In the T im be r and Forest Inquiry h o w ev e r detailed work was done on the social impa ct of World

Heritage Listing of the N o r t h - E a s t Queensland forests.

The conspicuous inablity of the o f fi c e r s of the Commisssion to explain the d if fer enc es between these two studies would tend to indic at e there is a lack of consistency in the research currently being conducted which must rest with the Commissioners themselves.

Also of concern is the human resour ce m an ag em en t of the Commission. Th ere is clear evidence that determinations of the Re m u n e ra ti o n T r ib u n al have been flouted in the m a n n er that cars were provided to Special Commissioners. When questioned on why Dr James had been pr ovided with a car when it was not within his en ti tl e m e n t, Mr Mills replied:

Such a response shows a blatant lack of regard for the Remuneration T r i b u n a l ’s findings. The fact that the Remuneration T r i b u n a l did not forbid providing a car is no more relevant than the fact it did not forbid providing the Com mission er with a private yacht. The T ri b u n a l is given 1

1. Hansard, 23rd September, 1991 p A332

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the responsibility of deciding what people are entitled to receive, and what is not contained in the determination they are clearly not entitled to receive. All such practices should cease.

The Committee beard evidence that Mr Nicholson, the Secretary to the Timber and Forest Inquiry, was removed from his post and sent overseas to the United States of America. The Committee also heard that Mr Nicholson will not be attached to that Inquiry upon his return. The reason given for the removal of Mr Nicholson was that he had differences of views with the Commissioners over "policy direction and management style.

Little information was received on the areas in which Mr Nicholson differed in view from the Commissioners, and accordingly it is difficult to come to the conclusion that Mr Nicholson’s removal from his post was necessarily justified. Had further information been made available as to the areas (but necessarily the detail) of Mr Nicholson’s disagreements with the

Commissioners then this may have been possible.

The total cost to the taxpayer of the Resource Assessment Commission during the last financial year and this has been in the vicinity of $13 million. In spite of this it has produced only one final report and one draft report. One must therefore seriously question whether such a high level of expenditure can be justified. Doubt must also be raised as to how effectively the Commission is using the resources that have been made available to it.

Office of the Status of Women

Extensive use has been made of consultants by this section. There would appear to be little justification for many of these. The money spent on the study on Women and Ecologically Sustainable Development is symptomatic of much of this questionable expenditure.

JOINT HOUSE DEPARTMENT

Parliamentary Library

I note that since the Committee heard evidence relating to this Department a letter has been received from the Presiding Officers advising of changes in the management of the Parliamentary Library. It is hoped that these changes will result in considerable improvements.

At the hearing in question, and with the concurrence of the President, I reserved my right to further examine all operations of the Parliamentary Library during te supplementary estimates. In view of the important changes made by the Presiding Officers it is appropriate such reservation be noted here.

DEPARTMENT OF INDUSTRY TECHNOLOGY AND COMMERCE

Australian Customs Service

There would appear to be inadequate monitoring of the Coastwatch program by the Australian Customs Service. In particular I note that although prior notice was given that this program would be examined in detail, detailed answers to many questions could not be obtained.

Although all but the helicopter element of this service is undertaken by Skywest Aviation Pty Ltd 2

2. Hansard, 23rd September, 1991 p A325

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and is subject to a contractual arrangement, no officer was present who was capable of answering questions in relation to that contract.

Customs lacked any knowledge, for example, of what staffing levels the contractor would need to maintain in order to meet the terms of its contract with the Commonwealth. All aspects of the oversighting of this program need to be improved.

PARLI AM ENT O F AUS T RALI A ·T H E S E N A T E

SENATOR IAN G. CAMPBELL LIBERAL WESTERN AUSTRALIA

1 0 October 1 991

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Dear S ir

By the way o f re s e rv a tio n I recommend th a t the fo llo w ing m atte rs

be fu rth e r in v e s tig a te d by the S enate:

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Dear Sir

By way of reservation I recommend that the following be the subject of further debate in the Senate:

Prime Minister and Cabinet

Ecologically Sustainable Development process leading to the Special Premiers Conference (Hansard 9/9/91 - A146)

Yours sincerely

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/SENATOR FOR THE NORTHERN TERRfTORY

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f u r t h e r c o n s i d e r e d b y t h e S e n a t e

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3 . S i m p l i f i c a t i o n .

4 . C o s t o f C o m p l i a n c e

5 . H e p p l e ’ s C a s e

6 .· L o t t e r y p a y m e n t s

7 . S u p e r a n n u a t i o n t r u s t d e e d s .

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APPENDIX

ESTIMATES COMMITTEE A - BUDGET 1991

Questions on notice outstanding as at 14 October 1991

INDUSTRY, TECHNOLOGY AND COMMERCE PORTFOLIO

PROGRAM 5 - AUSTRALIAN TRADE COMMISSION

1. Dates of repayments for rescheduled wheat debts (A442, Senator Bishop, 23.09.91)

2. Name of Runmere's liquidator (A446, Senator Bishop, 23.09.91)

3. Amount of potential subsidy for loan guarantee facilities referred to p.265 of the PPS; To whom it is being paid; What amounts in each case (A449, Senator Bishop, 23.09.91)

4. What is the provision of political risk insurance facilities for major resource project in PNG (A449, Senator Bishop, 23.09.91)

5. What payments were made to three colleges (A449, Senator Bishop, 23.09.91)

TREASURY PORTFOLIO

General

6. Treasury definition of "social policy" (A350, Senator Short, 23.09.91)

Subprogram 1.4: Taxation policy

7. Answer to question on Notice Paper re economic model being built within Treasury model to enable examination of impact of GST on Australian households (A362, Senator Short, 23.09.91)

8. Updated input-output data for micro-economic model (A363, Senator Short, 23.09.91)

9. Which ATO consultants' reports Treasury has had access to (A365, Senator Bishop, 23.09.91)

10. Marginal cost of testing a particular proposal with the micro-economic model (A369, Senator Bishop, 23.09.91)

11. Access to DSS and ABS input for the model (A371/372, Senator Short, 23.09.91)

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12. Whether results of modelling will be made public (A373, Senator Short, 23.09.91)

13. Form in which updated database will be available (A373/374, Senator Short, 23.09.91)

Subprogram 2.1: Insurance and Superannuation Commission

14. Examples of assessments done in regard to the potential costs of the vesting requirement and in regard to CSS (A573, Senator Bishop, 25.09.91)

FINANCE PORTFOLIO

Subprogram 1.1: Budget Coordination

15. Number of reports of misuse of AGCC have been referred to the AFP or the DPP; Is the situation similar to case of Qld Minister going to jail for misuse of card (A486, Senator Bishop, 25.09.91)

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ESTIMATES COMMITTEE A

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

NO. 23

4 September 1991

1. MEETING: The Committee met in private session at 1.43 pm in the Main Committee Room. Senator Childs took the Chair.

2. POSSIBLE LINE OF EVIDENCE: The Committee discussed the implications of a possible line of evidence in the public hearing on the estimates of the Department of the Senate. The Chair advised that, relying on the sub-judice convention, he would rule out of order any questions on the details of a case

scheduled for hearing before the Human Rights and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

3. ADJOURNMENT: The Committee adjourned at 1.52 pm.

4. ATTENDANCE: Senators Childs (Chair), Bishop, Coates, O'Chee, Short and Walsh.

CONFIRMED

Bruce Childs Chair

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ESTIMATES COMMITTEE A

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

NO. 24

4 September 1991

1. MEETING: The Committee met in public session at 1.53 pm in the Main Committee Room. Senator Childs took the Chair.

2. PARTICULARS OF PROPOSED EXPENDITURE 1991-92; PARLIAMENTARY DEPARTMENTS:

The Committee commenced its consideration of the Proposed Expenditure of the Parliamentary Departments.

In attendance was Senator the Hon. Kerry Sibraa, President of the Senate, accompanied by the following officers:

Department of the Senate -Mr H. Evans, Clerk of the Senate Miss A Lynch, Deputy-Clerk of the Senate Mr J. Vander Wyk, Clerk-Assistant (Corporate Management) Ms M. Cornwell, Clerk-Assistant (Table) Mr C. Elliott, Clerk-Assistant (Procedure) Mr P. O'Keeffe, Clerk-Assistant (Committees) Mr R. Aison, Usher of the Black Rod Mr G. Nankervis, Director, Financial Services Mr P. Keele, Senior Clerk of Committees Mr J. M. Carter, Assistant Director, Parliamentary Education Office Mr A. K Curtis, Security Controller Department of the Parliamentary Library -Mr M. J. Brudenall, Deputy Parliamentary Librarian Mr D. N. Woolner, Head, Parliamentary Research Service Mr C. Boreham, Acting Director, Corporate Services Ms G. Lindfield, Assistant Director, Finance and Accounts

Ms J. M. Clarke, Assistant Director, Personnel Mr B. Sweeney, Assistant Director, General Services Mr J. Pantano, Estimates Officer Ms L. Tin, Executive Project Officer Department of the Parliamentary Reporting Staff -Mr J. W. Templeton, Secretary (Principal Parliamentary Reporter) Mr B. A. Harris, Chief Hansard Reporter, Hansard Division Ms C. Upton, General Manager, Parliamentary Information Systems Office

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Mr G. R. Harber, Manager, Computers and Communications, Parliamentary Information Systems Office Mr P. Ward, Manager, Client Services, Parliamentary Information Systems Office Mr H. Hall, Manager, Sound and Vision Office

Mr J. Walsh, Assistant Secretary, Corporate Management Branch Joint House Department -Mr M. W. Bolton, Secretary Mr J. K. Porter, Deputy Secretary

Mr J. Rankin, Assistant Secretary, Personnel and Supply Services Mr R. M. Wedgwood, Assistant Secretary, Commercial Services Mr F. W. Bradley, Assistant Secretary, Property Management Mr A. R. Guilfoyle, Chief Engineer

Ms B. Hingston, Director, Public and Marketing Activities Mr G. Coulston, Director, Finance and Management Review Mr M. Laugesen, Director, Parliamentary Catering Service Mr D. Callan, Director, Employee Relations

3. STATEMENT BY THE CHAIR: The Chair reported the resolution of the Senate of 22 August 1991 referring matters to Estimates Committees, and made an opening statement.

4. CONSIDERATION OF THE ESTIMATES: The Chair called on the estimates of each department in turn, inviting general questions and then questions in respect of each program in turn.

The Committee resolved to incorporate in the transcript of evidence a copy of a media release headed Matters raised by Ms Leanne Craze - Statement by the President o f the Senate, Senator the Hon. Kerry W. Sibraa

The Committee received a document headed Items reported stolen to the Office o f the Security Controller: 17 May 1991 to 3 September 1991

5. SUSPENSION OF SITTING: The Committee suspended its sitting between 6.27 pm and 8.00 pm.

6. CONSIDERATION OF THE ESTIMATES:

The Committee concluded its examination of the Particulars of Proposed Expenditure for 1991-92 for the Parliamentary Departments and Expenditure under the Advance to the President for 1990-91, subject to an undertaking by the President and officers to provide additional information to the Committee.

6 ADJOURNMENT: The Committee adjourned at 11.52 pm.

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7. ATTENDANCE: Senators Childs (Chair), Bishop, Coates, O'Chee, Short and Walsh.

Senators Kemp, Panizza and Schacht also attended.

CONFIRMED

Bruce Childs Chair

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ESTIMATES COMMITTEE A

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

NO. 25

9 September 1991

1. MEETING: The Committee met in public session at 7.33 pm in the Main Committee Room. Senator Childs took the Chair.

2. PARTICULARS OF PROPOSED EXPENDITURE 1991-92; OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR-GENERAL:

The Committee commenced its consideration of the Proposed Expenditure of the Office of the Governor-General.

In attendance was Senator the Hon. Bob McMullan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, representing the Prime Minister, accompanied by the following officers:

Office of the Governor-General -Mr D. Sturkey, Official Secretary Mrs L Lawless, Deputy Official Secretary Cmdr P. Landon, Military Secretary and Comptroller to the Governor-General

Miss R. Rawson, Director Honours Secretariat Mr K. Morcombe, Assistant Director (Awards and Systems) Mr C. Bell, Senior Executive Officer Ms E. Sanderson, Administrative & Finance Officer

Department of Finance - Mr M. Shannon Ms B. Anderson Mr G. McGuire

3. STATEMENT BY THE CHAIR: The Chair reported the resolution of the Senate of 22 August 1991 referring matters to Estimates Committees, and made an opening statement.

4. CONSIDERATION OF THE ESTIMATES:

With no questions being asked, the Committee concluded its examination of the Particulars of Proposed Expenditure for the Office of the Governor-General.

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Public Service Commission: Mr A Kerr, Deputy Commissioner Mr E. Attridge, First Assistant Commissioner Ms M. Cane, First Assistant Commissioner Mr B. Gleeson, Assistant Commissioner Mr R. Harding, Assistant Commissioner Mr M. Kilner, Assistant Commissioner Ms J. West, Acting Director Ombudsman: Dr R. Bell, Deputy Commonwealth Ombudsman Mr B. Hugg, Executive officer Resources Assessment Commission: Mr R. Mills, Head of Office

6. STATEMENT BY CHAIR: The Chair reported the resolution of the Senate of 22 August 1991 referring matters to Estimates Committees, and made an opening statement.

7. CONSIDERATION OF THE ESTIMATES:

The Committee received a corrigendum to the Portfolio Performance Statement, tabled by the Parliamentary Secretary, containing a resource table for Program 5.

The Chair invited general questions and called on all programs except Sub­ program 6.4 (Resource Assessment Commission).

The Committee resolved to incorporate in the transcript of proceedings two written questions supplied by Senator Boswell in relation to the Office of Economic Planning Advisory Council.

The Committee received two papers from the Office of the Status of Women entitled Evaluation o f OSWOMEN Newsletter Implementation Action Plan and Women and Ecologically Sustainable Development: Engendering the Debate.

The Committee adjourned its examination of the Particulars of Proposed Expenditure for 1991-92 and Expenditure under the Advance to the Minister for Finance for 1990-91 for the Prime Minister's Portfolio until Monday 23 September 1991.

8. ADJOURNMENT: The Committee adjourned at 4.11 am.

9. ATTENDANCE: Senators Childs (Chair), Coates, Lewis, O'Chee, Short and Walsh.

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(By resolution of the Senate of 9 September 1991, Senator Bishop was discharged from attendance on the Committee for 9 September 1991 and Senator Lewis was appointed as a member of the Committee for that day.)

Senators Boswell and Tambling also attended.

CONFIRMED

Bruce Childs Chair

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ESTIMATES COMMITTEE A

THE SENATE

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

NO. 26

11 September 1991

1. MEETING: The Committee met in public session at 1.40 p.m. in Committee Room 2S1. Senator Childs took the Chair.

2. PARTICULARS OF PROPOSED ADDITIONAL EXPENDITURE AND PARTICULARS OF CERTAIN PROPOSED ADDITIONAL EXPENDITURE 1991-92; INDUSTRY, TECHNOLOGY AND COMMERCE PORTFOLIO:

The Committee commenced its consideration of the proposed expenditure of the Industry, Technology and Commerce Portfolio.

In attendance was Senator the Hon. John Button, Minister for Industry, Technology and Commerce, accompanied by the following officers:

Department of Industry, Technology and Commerce -Dr J. Bell, Deputy Secretary Mr R. Samarcq, First Assistant Secretary, Resource Processing and Environment Division

Dr R. Badger, First Assistant Secretary, Heavy Industries Division Mr G. Hallinan, First Assistant Secretary, Light Industries Division Mr M. Farrow, First Assistant Secretary, Construction and Service Industries Division Mr J. Wells, Assistant Secretary, Small Business Unit Dr M. Fitzpatrick, First Assistant Secretary, Innovation Division Ms S. Eccles, First Assistant Secretary, International Division Mr D. Stafford, Director, Export Credit Policy Dr R. Hawkins, Director, Bureau of Industry Economics Mr K. Besgrove, General Manager, National Industry Extension Service Mr G. Ashmore, Deputy General Manager, National Industry Extension Service Mr A. Bain, First Assistant Secretary, Policy and Projects Division Mr D. McCarthy, General Manager, Multifunction Polis Mr P. Smith, Commissioner, Patent, Trade Marks and Designs Offices Dr I. McCay, Assistant Secretary, Policy, Planning and Coordination, Patent,

Trade Marks and Designs Offices Mr N. Hurst, First Assistant Secretary, Corporate Services Division Textiles, Clothing and Footwear Development Authority: Mr J. Leach, Chief Executive Officer Mr R. Hayhurst, General Manager

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Ms H. Georgopoulos, Senior Manager, Legal and Finance Automotive Industry Authority: Mr M. Wynne-Hughes, Executive Director Mr P. Woodham, Executive Officer Australian Manufacturing Councils Secretariat:

Mr J. Burke, Assistant Director Australian Institute of Marine Science: Dr J. Baker, Director National Standards Commission:

Mr J. Birch, Executive Director Anti-Dumping Authority: Mr J. McGuire, Executive Director Austrade:

Mr P. Langhome, Executive General Manager, Corporate Affairs Mr M. Johnson, Executive General Manager, Australian Operations Mr C. Jamieson, Executive General Manager, Special Markets Mr D. Oliver, Executive General Manager, International Trade Enhancement

Scheme

Mr P. Sibree, Executive General Manager, Product Development Mr J. Slater Smith, Acting Group Executive, Export Finance and Insurance Mr G. McClelland, Manager, Export Development Incentives Mr J. Bennett, Group Manager, Corporate Resources

Australian Customs Service: Mr F. Kelly, Comptroller-General Mr D. O'Connor, Deputy Comptroller-General Mr B. Bissaker, National Manager, Industry Assistance

Mr B. Strang, Acting National Manager, Import Export Mr K Stilling, National Manager, Inland Revenue Mr C. Vassarotti, National Manager, Barrier Control Mr P. Bums, National Manager, Coastwatch

Mr L Jones, National Manager, Passenger Processing Mr J. Hawksworth, National Manager, Investigation Mr J. Jeffery, Manager, Executive Support Ms V. Stretton, National Manager, Corporate Services

Mr M. Brasher, Manager, Resources Management Mrs P. Bridge, Director, Budgets and Accounting Mr P. Watson, National Manager, Systems Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation:

Mr D. Davey, General Manager, Scientific Mr D. Wilson, General Manager, Corporate Mr R. Baker, Director, Business Administration Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation:

Mr R. Garrett, General Manager, Corporate Finance Branch Mr A Blewitt, Director, Corporate Services Department Dr T. Heyde, Principal Secretary, Office of the Chief Executive and Board Ms M. Keir, Manager, Ministerial and Government Business, Office of the Chief

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Department of Finance Mr D. Baussmann, Chief Finance Officer, Manufacturing and

Industry Policy Section Mr L R. Hawke, Chief Finance Officer, Commerce, Regulation and Review Section Ms S. Gillett, Chief Finance Officer, Manufacturing and Industry Policy Section

STATEMENT BY THE CHAIR; The Chair reported the resolution of the Senate of 22 August 1991 referring matters to Estimates Committees, and made an opening statement.

CONSIDERATION OF THE ESTIMATES: The Chair called on Sub-programs 1.2 (Textile, Clothing and Footwear Development Authority; Automotive Industry Authority); 2.8 (Australian Institute of Marine Science); 2.9 (National Standards Commission); 2.5 (Australian Manufacturing Councils Secretariat); and Program 6 (Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation).

The Chair invited general questions.

SUSPENSION OF SITTING: The Committee suspended its sitting between 6.31 pm and 8.05 pm.

CONSIDERATION OF THE ESTIMATES:

The Chair invited general questions and called on Programs 1 and 2.

Senator Bishop tabled a copy of a press release by the Hon. Michael MacKellar MP concerning the Industry Research and Development Board.

The Committee resolved that written questions supplied by Senator Bishop in respect of the Department of Industry, Technology and Commerce and the Australian Customs Service be incorporated in the transcript of evidence.

ADJOURNMENT: The Committee adjourned at 11.32 pm.

ATTENDANCE: Senators Childs (Chair), Bishop, Coates, O'Chee, Short and Walsh.

Senator Boswell also attended.

CONFIRMED

Bruce Childs Chair

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THE SENATE

ESTIMATES COMMITTEE A

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

NO. 27

23 September 1991

1. MEETING: The Committee met in public session at 9.07 a.m. in Committee Room 2S3. Senator Childs took the Chair.

2. PARTICULARS OF PROPOSED ADDITIONAL EXPENDITURE AND PARTICULARS OF CERTAIN PROPOSED ADDITIONAL EXPENDITURE 1991-92; PRIME MINISTER’S PORTFOLIO:

The Committee resumed its consideration of the estimates of the Prime Minister's Portfolio.

In attendance was Senator the Hon. Bob McMullan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, representing the Prime Minister, accompanied by the following officers:

Resource Assessment Commission: Mr R. Mills, Head of Office Dr C. Hamilton, Research Branch Ms B. Belcher, Corporate Support Branch

Mr M. Tucker, Kakadu inquiry Mr P. Clyde, Forest and Timber inquiry Mr R. Kenchington, Coastal inquiry Mr G. Tomlinson, Finance and Services

Mr C. Hickey, Director, Administration

The Chair called on Sub-program 6.4 (Resource Assessment Commission).

The Committee concluded its examination of the Particulars of Proposed Expenditure for 1991-92 for the Prime Minister's Portfolio and Expenditure under the Advance to the Minister for Finance for 1990-91, subject to an undertaking by the Parliamentary Secretary and officers to provide additional information to

the Committee.

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3. PARTICULARS OF PROPOSED ADDITIONAL EXPENDITURE AND PARTICULARS OF CERTAIN PROPOSED ADDITIONAL EXPENDITURE 1991-92; TREASURY PORTFOLIO:

The Committee commenced its consideration of the proposed expenditure of the Treasury Portfolio.

In attendance was Senator the Hon. Bob McMullan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, accompanied by the following officers:

Department of the Treasury: Mr J A Fraser, Deputy Secretary (Economic) Mr G. Smith, First Assistant Secretary, Taxation Policy Division Mr N.F. Hyden, First Assistant Secretary, Capital Markets Division Mr G.R. Potts, First Assistant Secretary, Economic Division Mr B.D. Cassidy, First Assistant Secretary, Fiscal Policy Division Mr F.G.H. Pooley, First Assistant Secretary, Finance and Investment Division Mr R.F. Shogren, First Assistant Secretary, Structural Policy Division Mr I. Robinson, Assistant Secretary, Superannuation Branch, Taxation Policy

Division

Mr M.J. Callaghan, Assistant Secretary, International Economy Branch, Economic Division Mr A.J. Oster, Assistant Secretary, Domestic Economy Branch, Economic Division Mr J. Jepson, Assistant Secretary, Business Finance and Regulation Branch,

Finance and Investment Division Mr B. Rowse, Acting Assistant Secretary, State and Local Government Finances Branch, Fiscal Policy Division Dr K. Henry, Principal Adviser, Microeconomic Modelling Unit

Industry Commission: Mr J. Spasojevic, Head of Office Mr P. Thomas, Assistant Commissioner, Corporate Services Branch Mr E. Beens, Director, Finance and Services Section Dr D. Roberts, Banking Policy Section, Finance and Investment Division Mr R. Brooker, Forecasting Section, Economic Division Dr M.L Parkinson, Incomes Section, Economic Division Mr P. Garton, Prices Surveillance Section, Economic Division Mr R. Renwick, Prices Surveillance Section, Economic Division Mr CJ. Legg, State Finances Section, Fiscal Policy Division Ms L A Atkinson, Assistant Secretary, Corporate Services Branch Mr D.W. Holmesby, Director, Finance and Administration, Corporate Services

Branch

Ms LM. Toohey, Director, Personnel Resources, Corporate Services Branch Mr J.W. Foster, Director, ADP Section Mr K.M. Gillard, Assistant Director, Resources and Debt, Corporate Services Branch

Ms J.M. Dean, Resources and Debt Subsection, Corporate Services Branch Mr P.J. Collas, Resources and Debt Subsection, Corporate Services Branch

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Prices Surveillance Authority: Dr D. Cousins, Full-time Member Dr B. Menzies, Chief Executive Officer Mr J. Corin, Administrative Officer

Royal Australian Mint Mr C. Mills, Acting Controller Mr I. Hamilton, Finance Officer Insurance and Superannuation Commission:

Mr R.M. Beetham, Commissioner Mr R.H. Dean, Deputy Commissioner, Superannuation Mr R. Glading, Deputy Commissioner, Life Insurance Mr R. Smith, Deputy Commissioner, General Insurance

Mr M. O'Neill, Assistant Commissioner, Benefit Limits Mr N. Stuparich, Assistant Commissioner, Operational Standards Mr F. Keenan, Assistant Commissioner, Policy Mr G.L Bums, Assistant Commissioner, Corporate

Ms D.A Hart, Director, Corporate Australian Bureau of Statistics: Mr R.W. Edwards, Acting Deputy Australian Statistician Mr A Mackay, Acting First Assistant Statistician, Social and Labour Division

Mr G. Cocking, Assistant Statistician, Population Census and Surveys Branch Mr K. Blackburn, Assistant Statistician, Prices and Household Finance Branch Mr F. von Reibnitz, First Assistant Statistician, Coordination and Management Section

Mr H. Kriegal, Assistant Statistician, Resources Management Branch Ms R. Gibbs, Acting Director, Financial Management Section Ms A Shields, Financial Management Section Ms S. Collins, Financial Management Section

Department of Finance Ms E. Kalis Mr B. Reid

4. STATEMENT BY CHAIR: The Chair reported the resolution of the Senate of 22 August 1991 referring matters to Estimates Committees, and made an opening statement.

5. CONSIDERATION OF THE ESTIMATES: The Chair invited general questions and called on Program 1.

The Committee received a document entitled Treasury Portfolio Evaluation Plan 1991-93 tabled by the Parliamentary Secretary.

6. SUSPENSION OF SITTING: The Committee suspended its sitting between 12.57 pm and 2.08 pm.

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7. CONSIDERATION OF THE ESTIMATES:

The Committee resumed its consideration of the estimates of the Treasury Portfolio. The Chair called on Programs 1 and 2.

The Committee resolved to incorporate in the transcript of evidence a written question placed on notice by Senator Bishop.

The Committee adjourned its examination of the Particulars of Proposed Expenditure for 1991-92 and Expenditure under the Advance to the Minister for Finance for 1990-91 for the Treasury Portfolio until Wednesday 25 September 1991.

8. PARTICULARS OF PROPOSED ADDITIONAL EXPENDITURE AND PARTICULARS OF CERTAIN PROPOSED ADDITIONAL EXPENDITURE 1991-92; INDUSTRY, TECHNOLOGY AND COMMERCE PORTFOLIO:

The Committee resumed its consideration of the estimates of the Industry, Science and Technology Portfolio. In attendance was Senator the Hon. John Button, Minister for Industry, Technology and Commerce, accompanied by the following officers:

Department of Industry, Technology and Commerce Dr J. Bell, Deputy Secretary Dr M. Fitzpatrick, First Assistant Secretary, Innovation Division Ms S. Eccles, First Assistant Secretary, International Division Mr D. Stafford, Director, Export Credit Policy Dr R. Hawkins, Director, Bureau of Industry Economics Mr K. Besgrove, General Manager, National Industry Extension Service Mr A. Bain, First Assistant Secretary, Policy and Projects Division Mr D. McCarthy, General Manager, Multifunction Polls Mr P. Smith, Commissioner, Patent, Trade Marks and Designs Offices Dr I. McCay, Assistant Secretary, Policy, Planning and Coordination, Patent, Trade

Marks and Designs Offices Dr R. Badger, First Assistant Secretary, Heavy Industries Division Mr R. Samarcq, First Assistant Secretary, Resource Processing and Environment Division Mr J. Ryan, Deputy Director, Bureau of Industry Economics Mr N. Hurst, First Assistant Secretary, Corporate Services Division Commission for the Future: Ms S. Oliver, Director Anti-Dumping Authority:

Mr J. McGuire, Executive Director Australian Customs Service: Mr F. Kelly, Comptroller-General

Mr D. O'Connor, Deputy Comptroller-General Mr B. Bissaker, National Manager, Industry Assistance Mr J. Drury, National Manager, Import Export Mr K. Stilling, National Manager, Inland Revenue

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Mr C. Vassarottti, National Manager, Barrier Control Mr P. Bums, National Manager, Coastwatch Mr L Jones, National Manager, Passenger Processing Mr J. Hawksworth, National Manager, Investigation

Mr J. Jeffery, Manager, Executive Support Ms V. Stretton, National Manager, Corporate Services Mr M. Brasher, Manager, Resources Management Mrs P. Bridge, Director, Budgets and Accounting

Mr P. Watson, National Manager, Systems Austrade: Mr P. Langhome, Executive General Manager, Corporate Affairs Mr M. Johnson, Executive General Manager, Australian Operations

Mr C. Jamieson, Executive General Manager, Special Markets Mr D. Oliver, Executive General Manager, International Trade Enhancement Scheme Mr P. Sibree, Executive General Manager, Product Development

Dr D. Fisher, Acting Group Executive, Export Finance and Insurance Mr G. McClelland, Manager, Export Development Incentives Mr J. Bennett, Group Manager, Corporate Resources Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research

Organisation: Dr J.W. Stocker, Chief Executive Mr R J. Garrett, General Manager, Corporate Finance Branch Mr AW. Blewitt, Director, Corporate Services Department

Dr T.E. Heyde, Principal Secretary, Office of the Chief Executive and Board Ms M. Keir, Manager, Ministerial and Government Business, Office of the Chief Executive and Board

Department of Finance Mr D. Baussmann, Chief Finance Officer, Manufacturing and Industry Policy Section Mr L.R. Hawke, Chief Finance Officer, Commerce, Regulation and Review

Section

Ms S. Gillett, Chief Finance Officer, Manufacturing and Industry Policy Section

9. CONSIDERATION OF THE ESTIMATES:

The Chair called on Programs 1 and 2 in turn.

10. SUSPENSION OF SITT ING: The Committee suspended its sitting between 6.38 pm and 8.06 pm.

11. CONSIDERATION OF THE ESTIMATES:

The Committee resumed its consideration of the estimates of the Industry, Science and Technology Portfolio. The Chair called on Programs 2 to 5 and Program 7 in turn.

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The Committee resolved to authorise the broadcasting and rebroadcasting of its proceedings during the balance of the hearing by Channel 7 Television, subject to the conditions laid down in the order of the Senate of 23 August 1990 relating to broadcasting of Committee proceedings.

The Committee resolved that a letter dated 3 September 1991 from the Minister to Senator Bishop, with an attachment headed "Answers by Senator Button to Senator Bishop", be incorporated in the transcript of evidence.

The Committee resolved that the text of seven written questions on firearms control supplied by Senator Bishop be incorporated in the transcript of evidence.

The Committee concluded its examination of the Particulars of Proposed Expenditure for 1991-92 for the Industry, Science and Technology Portfolio and Expenditure under the Advance to the Minister for Finance for 1990-91, subject to an undertaking by the Minister and officers to provide additional information to the Committee.

12. ADJOURNMENT: The Committee adjourned at 12.11 am.

13. ATTENDANCE: Senators Childs (Chair), Bishop, Coates, O'Chee and Short.

CONFIRMED

Bruce Childs Chair

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ESTIMATES COMMITTEE A

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

NO. 28

25 September 1991

1. MEETING: The Committee met in public session at 9.04 a.m. in Committee Room 2S3. Senator Childs took the Chair.

2. PARTICULARS OF PROPOSED ADDITIONAL EXPENDITURE AND PARTICULARS OF CERTAIN PROPOSED ADDITIONAL EXPENDITURE 1991-92; FINANCE PORTFOLIO:

The Committee resumed its consideration of the estimates of the Finance Portfolio.

In attendance was Senator the Hon. Bob McMullan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, representing the Minister for Finance, accompanied by the following officers:

Department of Finance Mr P.J. Barrett, Acting Secretary Mr E. Thom, Deputy Secretary Mr I. McPhee, First Assistant Secretary, Financial Management Division

Mr M. Holmes, Principal Adviser, General Expenditure Division Mr A Maclean, Principal Adviser, Information Technology and Systems Group Mr J. Galloway, Assistant Secretary, Resource Policies and Management Branch Mr S. Bartos, Assistant Secretary, Primary Industries and Resources Branch

Mr D. Lindsay, Assistant Secretary, Commonwealth Superannuation Branch Mr R. Butterworth, Assistant Secretary, Expenditure Policy Branch Mr M. Kennedy, Assistant Secretary, Financial Legislation Replacement Team Mr A Pearson, Asistant Secretary, Public Administration and Accounting

Development Branch Ms O. Fijalkowski, Asistant Secretary, ADP Branch Mr G. Harper, Acting Asistant Secretary, Accounting Policy Branch Mr M. Cashel, Acting Asistant Secretary, Retirement Benefits Branch

Mr S. MacLeod, Chief Finance Officer, Budget and Public Debt Section Mr D. Knapp, Chief Finance Officer, Accountability Projects Section Ms W. Hordern, Director, Finance and Services Section Mr I. Briggs, Asistant Director, Estimates and Accounts

Mr D. Alen, Senior Finance Officer, Primary Industries and Resources Branch

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Commonwealth Task Force on Asset Sales: Mr H. Heinrich, Chairman Mr B. Lennon, Deputy Chairman Retirement Benefits Office: Mr J. McCullagh, Acting Deputy Commissioner Mr R. Jackson, Acting Assistant Commissioner, Resources Management Branch

Ms B. Malbon, Acting Director, Finance and Accounts Australian National Audit Office: Mr M. Jacobs, Deputy Auditor-General Mr J. Meert, Executive Director, Executive Support Branch Mr R. Morison, Senior Director, Financial Administration Section Mr F. Campbell, Director, Financial Administration Section

Department of Finance Mr M. Shannon Mr P. Antcliffe Mr G. McGuire

3. CONSIDERATION OF THE ESTIMATES:

The Chair called on Programs 1 and 2 in turn.

4. SUSPENSION OF SITTING: The Committee suspended its sitting between 12.55 pm and 2.02 pm.

5. CONSIDERATION OF THE ESTIMATES:

The Committee resumed its consideration of the estimates of the Finance Portfolio. The Chair called on Programs 2 to 7.

The Committee received a table illustrating trends in usage of the Australian Government Credit Card tabled by the Parliamentary Secretary.

The Committee concluded its examination of the Particulars of Proposed Expenditure for 1991-92 for the Finance Portfolio and Expenditure under the Advance to the Minister for Finance for 1990-91, subject to an undertaking by the Parliamentary Secretary and officers to provide additional information to the Committee.

6. PARTICULARS OF PROPOSED ADDITIONAL EXPENDITURE AND PARTICULARS OF CERTAIN PROPOSED ADDITIONAL EXPENDITURE 1991-92; TREASURY PORTFOLIO:

The Committee resumed its consideration of the estimates of the Treasury Portfolio.

In attendance was Senator the Hon. Bob McMullan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, representing the Treasurer, accompanied by the following officers:

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Department of the Treasury: Mr J.A Fraser, Deputy Secretary (Economic) Mr G. Smith, First Assistant Secretary, Taxation Policy Division Mr N.F. Hyden, First Assistant Secretary, Capital Markets Division

Mr G.R. Potts, First Assistant Secretary, Economic Division Mr B.D. Cassidy, First Assistant Secretary, Fiscal Policy Division Mr F.G.H. Pooley, First Assistant Secretary, Finance and Investment Division Mr R.F. Shogren, First Assistant Secretary, Structural Policy Division

Mr I. Robinson, Assistant Secretary, Superannuation Branch, Taxation Policy Division Mr M.J. Callaghan, Assistant Secretary, International Economy Branch, Economic Division

Mr A.J. Oster, Assistant Secretary, Domestic Economy Branch, Economic Division Mr J. Jepson, Assistant Secretary, Business Finance and Regulation Branch, Finance and Investment Division Mr B. Rowse, Acting Assistant Secretary, State and Local Government Finances

Branch, Fiscal Policy Division Dr K. Henry, Principal Adviser, Microeconomic Modelling Unit Industry Commission: Mr J. Spasojevic, Head of Office Mr P. Thomas, Assistant Commissioner, Corporate Services Branch

Mr E. Beens, Director, Finance and Services Section Dr D. Roberts, Banking Policy Section, Finance and Investment Division Mr R. Brooker, Forecasting Section, Economic Division Dr M.L Parkinson, Incomes Section, Economic Division

Mr P. Garton, Prices Surveillance Section, Economic Division Mr R. Renwick, Prices Surveillance Section, Economic Division Mr C.J. Legg, State Finances Section, Fiscal Policy Division Ms L.A Atkinson, Assistant Secretary, Corporate Services Branch

Mr D.W. Holmesby, Director, Finance and Administration, Corporate Services Branch Ms L.M. Toohey, Director, Personnel Resources, Corporate Services Branch Mr J.W. Foster, Director, ADP Section

Mr K.M. Gillard, Assistant Director, Resources and Debt, Corporate Services Branch Ms J.M. Dean, Resources and Debt Subsection, Corporate Services Branch Mr P.J. Collas, Resources and Debt Subsection, Corporate Services Branch

Prices Surveillance Authority: Dr D. Cousins, Full-time Member Dr B. Menzies, Chief Executive Officer Mr J. Corin, Administrative Officer

Royal Australian Mint Mr C. Mills, Acting Controller Mr I. Hamilton, Finance Officer Insurance and Superannuation Commission:

Mr R.M. Beetham, Commissioner Mr R.H. Dean, Deputy Commissioner, Superannuation Mr R. Glading, Deputy Commissioner, Life Insurance Mr R. Smith, Deputy Commissioner, General Insurance

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Mr M. O'Neill, Assistant Commissioner, Benefit Limits Mr N. Stuparich, Assistant Commissioner, Operational Standards Mr F. Keenan, Assistant Commissioner, Policy Mr G.L Bums, Assistant Commissioner, Corporate Ms D.A Hart, Director, Corporate Australian Bureau of Statistics: Mr R.W. Edwards, Acting Deputy Australian Statistician Mr A Mackay, Acting First Assistant Statistician, Social and Labour Division Mr G. Cocking, Assistant Statistician, Population Census and Surveys Branch Mr K. Blackburn, Assistant Statistician, Prices and Household Finance Branch Mr F. von Reibnitz, First Assistant Statistician, Coordination and Management

Section

Mr H. Kriegal, Assistant Statistician, Resources Management Branch Ms R. Gibbs, Acting Director, Financial Management Section Ms A Shields, Financial Management Section Ms S. Collins, Financial Management Section

Department of Finance Mr E. Wojcik Mr B. Reid Mr J.W. Turner

7. CONSIDERATION OF THE ESTIMATES:

The Chair called on Programs 1 and 2 in turn.

8. SUSPENSION OF SITTING: The Committee suspended its sitting between 6.35 pm and 8.08 pm.

9. CONSIDERATION OF THE ESTIMATES:

The Committee resumed its consideration of the estimates of the Treasury Portfolio. The Chair called on Programs 2 to 5 and Program 7 in turn.

The Committee adjourned its examination of the Particulars of Proposed Expenditure for 1991-92 and Expenditure under the Advance to the Minister for Finance for 1990-91 for the Treasury Portfolio until Friday, 11 October 1991.

10. ADJOURNMENT: The Committee adjourned at 11.46 pm.

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11. ATTENDANCE; Senators Childs (Chair), Bishop, Coates, and Short.

Senator Watson also attended.

An apology was received from Senator O'Chee

CONFIRMED

Bruce Childs Chair

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THE SENATE

ESTIMATES COMMITTEE A

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

NO. 29

11 October 1991

1. MEETING: The Committee met in public session at 9.01 a.m. in Committee Room 2S3. Senator Childs took the Chair.

2. PARTICULARS OF PROPOSED ADDITIONAL EXPENDITURE AND PARTICULARS OF CERTAIN PROPOSED ADDITIONAL EXPENDITURE 1991-92; TREASURY PORTFOLIO:

The Committee resumed its consideration of the estimates of the Treasury Portfolio.

In attendance was Senator the Hon. Bob McMulIan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, representing the Treasurer, accompanied by the following officers:

Australian Taxation Office: Mr M. Carmody, Second Commissioner of Taxation Mr J. Killaly, Acting Chief Tax Counsel Mr K. Fitzpatrick, Assistant Commissioner, Business Tax Mr M. D'Ascenzo, Assistant Commissioner, Self-Assessment Mr M. Reed, Executive Officer, Personal Tax Mrs J. McKenry, First Assistant Commissioner, Taxpayer Assistance Mr R. Highfield, First Assistant Commissioner, Revenue Collection

Mr V. Tetley, Assistant Commissioner, Revenue Analysis Mr R. Mathews, Assistant Commissioner, Revenue Collection Systems Mr V. Mitchell, First Assistant Commissioner, Taxpayer Audit Mr S. Allan, Assistant Commissioner, Complex Audit Ms J. Brady, First Assistant Commissioner, Appeals and Review Mr J. Landau, First Assistant Commissioner, Sales Tax Mr C. Hood, Training Guarantee Mr J. Harwood, Technical Adviser, Sales Tax Mr J. Growder, Acting First Assistant Commissioner, Information Technology

Services

Mr P. Wilson, Assistant Commissioner, Information Technology Services Mr C. Mobbs, Assistant Commissioner, Corporate Management Support Mr J. Phillips, Acting Executive Officer, Corporate Budgeting

Mr R. McDonald, Assistant Commissioner, Program Evaluation Ms G. Sullivan, Assistant Commissioner, People and Structures Dr T. Butterfield, Assistant Commissioner, National Office and Services

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Mr W. Rofe, Director, Decentralisation and Accommodation Unit Mr M. Ryan, Director, Decentralisation and Accommodation Unit Mr O. Brettell, Assistant Director, National Professional Development Team Mr M. Gosney, Director, Security

Mr D. Gledhill, Inspector, Internal Investigation Mr N. Olesen, Executive Officer, Self-Assessment (Priority) Task Force Quid Support Agency: Mr J. Wheeler, First Assistant Commissioner

Mr R. Johnston, Executive Officer Ms L Buchtmann, Director, Client Services Departmental Observers: Mr R. Bawden, Corporate Budgeting Officer

Mrs E. Duffy, Corporate Budgeting Officer Mr C. Iglesias, Executive Development Scheme Ms A Wyse, Acting Assistant Commissioner, Program Evaluation Mr J. Leonard, Taxpayer Audit Ms J. Huupponen, Taxpayer Audit Mr B. Hendy, Taxpayer Assistance Ms J. Eyre, Taxpayer Assistance

Department of Finance -Mr E. Wojcik, Finance Officer

3. CONSIDERATION OF THE ESTIMATES:

The Chair called on Program 6.

The Committee resolved to incorporate in the Transcript of Evidence a written question on the Australian Consumers' Association supplied by Senator Short.

The Committee resolved to incorporate in the Transcript of Evidence a written question on self-assessment supplied by Senator Watson.

4. APPOINTMENT OF DEPUTY CHAIR:

The Chair appointed Senator Coates to act as Deputy Chair for a short period.

5. CONSIDERATION OF THE ESTIMATES:

The Committee resolved to incorporate in the Transcript of Evidence questions on programs 6.3 and major resource utilisation changes supplied in writing by Senator Short.

The Committee resolved to incorporate in the Transcript of Evidence, a question on child support supplied in writing by Senator Watson.

The Committee resolved to incorporate in the Transcript of Evidence, answers to questions previously placed on notice by Senator O'Chee.

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The Committee concluded its examination of the Particulars of Proposed Expenditure for 1991-92 for the Treasury Portfolio and Expenditure under the Advance to the Minister for Finance for 1990-91, subject to an undertaking by the Parliamentary Secretary and officers to provide additional information to the Committee.

6. ADJOURNMENT: The Committee adjourned at 4.30 pm.

7. ATTENDANCE: Senators Childs (Chair), Bishop, Coates, Short and Walsh.

Senator Watson also attended.

An apology was received from Senator O'Chee.

CONFIRMED

Bruce Childs Chair

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THE SENATE

ESTIMATES COMMITTEE Ά

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

NO. 30

14 October 1991

1. MEETING: The Committee met in private session at 6.40 p.m. in Committee Room 1S3. Senator Childs took the Chair.

2. ADOPTION OF MINUTES: The Committee adopted the minutes of meetings 23 to 29, held on 4, 9, 11, 23 and 25 September and 11 October 1991.

3. CORRESPONDENCE: The Committee considered a letter from the Director, Secretariat, Industry Research and Development Board seeking the Committee's view on whether it still wished to receive information on declared conflicts of interest on a six-monthly basis, as has occurred since 1989.

The Committee resolved that the Board be advised that submission of its return of conflicts of interest once per year in advance of the Budget estimates hearings and on a full financial year basis would meet the Committee's needs.

4. ADOPTION OF REPORT: The Committee considered a draft report circulated by the Chair and adopted amendments proposed by Senators Bishop and Short.

Senator Coates moved that the report, as amended, be adopted as a report of the Committee. Senator Bishop moved that the adoption of the report be subject to a reservation to be made by the Opposition members of the Committee.

The amendment was negatived and the report was adopted as a report of the Committee.

5. ADJOURNMENT: The Committee adjourned at 7.00 pm.

6. ATTENDANCE: Senators Childs (Chair), Bishop, Coates, Short and Walsh.

An apology was received from Senator O'Chee.

CERTIFIED CORRECT

Brace Quids Chair

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ESTIMATES COMMITTEE A HANSARD INDEX, BY PROGRAM

4 September 1991 Al-106

9 September 1991 A107-198

11 September 1991 A199-305

23 September 1991 A307-457

25 September 1991 A459-586

11 October 1991 A587-

PARLIAMENT Senate General A2

Program 1 Principal Advisers A19

Program 2 Table Office A33

Program 3 Procedure Office A33

Program 4 Committee Office A43

Program 5 Corporate Management Office A44

Program 6 Black Rod's Office A46

Department of the Parliamentary Library General A58

Department of the Parliamentary Reporting Service General A87

Joint House Department General A96

PRIME MINISTER'S PORTFOLIO Office of the Governor General General A107

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet General A108

Program 1.1.1 Economic Policy A123

1.1.2 Industries, Trade and Resources Policy A131

1.1.3 Social Policy A133

1.1.4 International Policy A139

1.1.5 Commonwealth-State Relations A140

Program 2.1 Machinery of Government A149

2.2 Support Services A153

Program 3.1 Multicultural Affairs A157

3.2 Status of Women A168

3.3 Science and Technology Policy A176

Program 4.2 Corporate Support Services A179

Program 6.1 Australian Science and Technology Council A181

6.3 Economic Planning Advisory Council A184

6.4 Resource Assessment Commission A308

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Program 7.1 Public Service Commission A188

7.3 Merit Protection and Review Agency A193

INDUSTRY, TECHNOLOGY AND COMMERCE PORTFOLIO General A257

Program 1.1 Resource Processing and Environment A267

1.2 Heavy Industries (TCF, AIA) Α201Λ269

1.4 Construction and Service Industries A289

Program 2.1 Innovation (IRDB) Α295Λ300Λ394,Α404

2.3 Industry Research (BDE) A403

2.5 Policy and Projects (AMC, MFP) A244,A397,A406

2.7 Commission for the Future Α296Λ384

2.8 Australian Institute of Marine Science A220

2.9 National Standards Commission A225

2.10 Anti-Dumping Authority A408

Program 3.3 Information and Communications A410

Program 4 Australian Customs Service A411

4.5 Coastwatch A431

Program 5 Australian Trade Commission A438

Program 6 Nuclear Science and Technology A237

Program 7 CSIRO A451

TREASURY PORTFOLIO General A343

Program 1.1 Macroeconomic A354A528

1.2 Structural A542

1.3 Debt Management A542

1.4 Taxation Policy A359

Program 2 Financial System A545

2.1 Financial Sector Policy and Administration (Departmental) A548 2.1 Insurance and Superannuation Commission A554

2.3 Non-Budget Dependent Statutory Bodies A547

Program 3 Payments To or For Other Levels of Government A579

Program 6 Australian Taxation Office Program 7 Industry Commission A583

FINANCE PORTFOLIO General A460

Program 1.1 Budget Coordination A470

1.2 Oversight and Evaluation A489

Program 2.1 Resource Management Practices A492

2.3 External Reporting Policy and Procedures A495

Program 3.3 Systems Training, Advisory and Consulting Services A504 Program 4 Retirement Benefits A507

Program 5 Specific Payments and Receipts Activities A513

Program 6 Corporate Services A523

Program 7 Australian National Audit Office A524

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ESTIMATES COMMITTEE A H A N SA R D INDEX, BY SUBJECT

Wednesday, 4 September 1991

Subject Page

PARLIAMENT

Attenders A1

Chairman's opening statement A2

Department o f the Senate

General Statement by the President A2-3

Review of allegations of sexual harassment of an officer A3-12,A15-17 Vehicle accident third party insurance claim A12-13

EEO and sexual harassment policy guidelines A14-17

Publication of Odger's Senate Practice 6th edition A17-19

Program 1 - Principal Advisers Salaries of principal officers A19-20

Reclassification of Qerks'-Assistant positions A20-23

Annual Report 1990-91 - Clerk's role in advising Senators A23

- publication of articles by Senate staff A23-24.A25-27

Increase in staff numbers A24-25

Performance indicators A25

In-house training courses - general A27-28

- middle management courses A28-29

- cross-referencing of courses and consultants in Annual Report A29-30 - training guarantee levy A30-31

- evaluation of courses A31-32

Legal advice in relation to certain complaints A32-33,A42

Program 2 - Table Office Storage A33

Program 3 - Procedure Office Citizenship visits program A33-37

Parliamentary Education Office - Parliamentary Stack A37-38

- publications - audiovisual A38-39

Legislative drafting services to senators A39-42

Women in the Parliament exhibition A42

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Program 4 - Committee OfBce Funding of select and estimates committees

Program 5 - Corporate Management Office Fraud control plan Internal audit system Staff selection procedures

Program 6 - Black Rods OfBce Parliament House security strategic plan Structure of security service Theft of fire extinguishers

Bearing of arms in Parliament House Access to and security of underground car parks Security of private areas, alleged breach Safety of Chambers' public galleries Smoking ban

Department o f the Parliamentary Library

General Statement by the President Auditor-General's Report No. 6 - strategic and corporate planning in DPL

- performance indicators - basis of ANAO's costing of DPL services - ground floor library - recommendation 36 re management of implementation

of recommendations Financial system, implementation and staffing Travel to China by Ms Linda Tin Overseas travel by other officers

Middle management residential course near Canberra Sick leave, return to duty policy Newsletter item Consultancy, Computer Power

MICAH, possible privatisation Stocktake of furniture and fittings in East Block Attendance at conferences, evaluation Amounts written off

Department o f the Parliamentary Reporting Service

General Statement by the President Consultancies - Sound and Vision Office

- Career People and Centacom

A43-44

A44

A44-45 A45-46

A46-47 A47-49 A49A57 A50-53

A53-55 A55-56 A56-57 A58

A58

A58-59 A59-60 A60-62 A62-63

Α63-64Λ82 A64-69

Α69-76Λ78-79 A76-79 A79-81 A81

A81

A82-83 A83-84 A84 A84-86

A86

A87

A87-88,A91-92 A91

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- Telecom A92

- sound reinforcement project for chambers A94-96

Hansard on PDBS A88

Nimrod computers servicing arrangements A89

Connection of CNN A89-91

Electronic voting A92-93

Connection of electorate offices with PDBS A93-94

Privacy and security of information systems A94

Video viewing facilities A96

Joint House Department

General Statement by the President A96-97

Air conditioning A97-100

Smoking ban A100-103

Relocation of House of Representatives document store A103

Timber blinds A103-104

Cost and numbers of light globes A104

Consultancies - survey of basement crawl spaces A105

- aerobics classes A105

- management of artworks A105

- stress management A106

Curation of artworks A105-106

Monday, 9 September 1991

Subject Page

PRIME MINISTER'S PORTFOLIO

Office o f the Governor General

Attenders A107

Chairman's opening statement A107

Department o f the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Attenders A108

General A108-109

Role of Department of PM&C A109-110.A112

Expansion of PM&C functions and staff numbers A109-112rAH5

Coordination of advice from other departments A113

Legal and Administrative Review Branch, need for A113-114

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Consultancies - increase in use of - consultation with other departments - Ms Wendy Wicks' consultancy - Australian Construction Services consultancy

work relating to official establishments - form of consultancy contract - fostering of competition - performance evaluation

Program 1 - Departmental Policy Advising

Component 1.1.1: Economic Policy Apparent increase in staff resources Briefing role Coordination arrangements with other Divisions Capacity for econometric modelling Performance indicators Liaison with other economic departments Current employment of ex-Division staff

Component 1.1.2: Industries, Trade and Resources Policy Current priorities Performance indicators

Component 1.1.3: Social Policy Aboriginal Reconciliation Unit Altered allocation of funds and staff, 1990-91

Component 1.1.4: International Policy Performance evaluation Liaison with Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Component 1.1.5: Commonwealth-State Relations Functions of the Secretariat Special Premiers Conference working group on private investment in infrastructure

Third Special Premiers Conference - date of and possible agenda - Commonwealth-State financial relations - progress of working groups' reports for Payment to Federalism Research Centre ESD process

A116 A ll?

Α118-120Λ148-149

A121-122 A122 A122-123 A123

A123-124

Α125Λ126Λ129 Α125Λ130 A126 A127-128,A130

A128-129 A131

A131

A132-133

Α133-137Λ138-139 A137-138

A139

A139-140

A140-141

A141

A141-143

A142,A145,A149 A144-145 A145-146 A146-148

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Program 2 - Government Support Services

Subprogram 2.1: Machinery of Government Relationship of Government Division to Public Service Commission A149-151 Main function of Division A151

Electoral systems and processes, advisory role A151-153

Guidelines for Annual Reports A153

Subprogram 2.2: Support Services Official Establishments Trust A153

Personal support services to PM and family A153-155

Official guests of government, Kirribilli House A155

Expenditure on the Lodge and Kirribilli House A156

Asset register for official establishments A156-157

Value of official establishments A157

Program 3 - Special Policy and Program Functions

Subprogram 3.1: Multicultural Affairs Consultancies - Dr Meemeduma, James Cook University A157-158,A159

- Professor Dawkins, Curtin University A158

- Professor McAllister, Australian Defence Academy A158-159 Harassment of communities during Gulf War - coordination of action and information A159

Distinction of role between OMA and DILGEA A159-161

Database, Multicultural Australia and Immigration Studies (MAIS) A161 Seminar on script writing in a multicultural society A161-164

Increase in resources, reasons for A164

Distinction of role between OMA and Bureau of Immigration Research A165 Group facilitators network A166-167

Placement of questions on notice A168

Alteration to the hearings schedule A167-168

Subprogram 3.2: Status of Women Consultancies - women and ESD A168-171A175

- Cook Islands conference A171

- Juggling Time report A171-172

- mailing list software A174

- evaluation of OSWomen newsletter A176

Workers with family responsibilities program - funds allocated A173

- performance indicators A173

- ratification of ILO Convention 156 A173-174

Grants, conditions and recipients A174-175

Monitoring appointments in the Public Service A175-176

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Subprogram 3.3: Science and Technology Policy

A176 Increase in funding, reasons for Cooperative Research Centres A177 Α177Λ178

A177-178 A178

- numbers established - monitoring and review - balance of disciplines represented - relationship with PM&C

Program 4 - Corporate Services

Subprogram 4.2: Support Services Management devolution program, evaluation A179

Government response to Senator Short's Question on Notice declining to authorise commitment of resources needed to get requested information A179-181

Program 6 - Portfolio Policy Advising Agencies

Subprogram 6.1: Australian Science and Technology Council Funding the Fabric research report recommendations - ASTEC's advice to Government re funding of research infrastructure A181 - full cost recovery basis for consultancies by publicly funded bodies A181-182

Green paper on allocation of resources to research A182-183

Benefits of private sector research A183

Coordination of environmental research A183-184

Leave without pay of an officer A184

Subprogram 6.3: Office of the Economic Planning Advisory Council Late receipt by Committee of draft Annual Report A184-185

Performance evaluation A186

Contracting out of research projects A186

Determination of work program for 1991-92 A186-187

Increase in resources, reasons for A187-188

Program 7 - Public Administration and Accountability

Subprogram 7.1: Public Service Commission Role in providing advice - to the Prime Minister A188

- on appointment of permanent heads A188

- on SES matters A189

Early retirement trends and processes A189

Appeal and review mechanisms policy role A189-190,A191

Relationship with Merit Protection Review Agency A190-191

Relationship with Department of Finance A191-192

Increase in resources for human resource development A192

Middle management program A192

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Subprogram 7.3: Merit Protection Review Agency Selection and promotions processes - equity A193-194

SES complaints A194

Performance indicators A194

Joint selection committees A194-196

Salary allocation increase, reason for A196-197

Membership of Agency A197-198

Unavailability of draft Annual Report A198

Questions on Notice A198

Wednesday, 11 September 1991

Subject Page

INDUSTRY, TECHNOLOGY AND COMMERCE PORTFOLIO

Attenders Chairman's opening statement

Department o f Industry, Technology and Commerce

Program 1 - Industry Sectors

Subprogram 1.2: Heavy Industries Textiles Clothing and Footwear Development Authority (TCFDA) - capitalisation grants program applications - fall in premium rates, reasons for

- industry action in response to reduced protection - grants program applications, details requested - services provided to TCFDA by other agencies - unacquitted advances of travel expenses TCFDA consultancies

- TCF Skills and Resource Centre of SA Inc - payments to trade unions - Arthur Andersen - Ergonomics Consulting Group

- Quick response electronic data interchange techniques seminar, Harden and Associates - KPMG Peat Marwick - Werner International Automotive Industry Authority

- export facilitation approval scheme applications - services provided to ALA by other agencies - consultancy, Mr D Owens Need for ALA as a separate authority

Motor vehicle and components development grants

A201 A201 A201-2 A202 A202-203

A203

A203-204,A209-210 A204-207,A208-209 A207-208.A210 A211

A211-213 A213 A213

A213-214 A215 A214-215 A215-216

A216-217.A218

A199-200 A200

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Export cars, need for additional safety features Efficiency of car industry, analyses Robotics

Program 2 - Industry Infrastructure

Subprogram 2.8: Australian Institute of Marine Science Great Barrier Reef - possible damage due to run off from agricultural land - algal bloom causes

- effect of fresh water releases - crown of thorns starfish Product development, UV blockers (ICI Australia) Drill core sampling on reef

Subprogram 2.9: National Standards Commission Provision of advice to Parliamentary Counsel re private member's bill on time zones Need for legislation

- Constitutional position Charging for services Membership of Commission Coordinated universal time / Greenwich mean time National Time Committee Communication with other agencies Communication with Mr Ron Edwards MP Regulation of time as a function of the Commission Public consultation Testing of standard of imported instruments

Agreement on Standards Accreditation and Quality International Organisation of Legal Metrology Metrology skills training course, expenditure

Program 6 - Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation

General Payment to Nordic Engineering Revenue raising, cost recovery Lucas Heights site Research role relative to other institutions Potential for commercialisation of activities Alligator Rivers analogue project

A217-218 A218-219 A219-220

A220-221 A221 A221

A221-222 A222-224 A224-225

A225,A228-229 A225-226, A229-231 A226 A226-227,A236-237

A227-228 A230 A229-230

A231,A232-233 A231-232 A233 A233-234 A234-235

A235 A235

A235-237

A237-238

Α238-241Λ242 A241 A242-243 A242-243 A243-244

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Program 2 - Industry Infrastructure

Subprogram 2.5: Policy and Projects (Australian Manufacturing Council) Restructure of Council AMC work program

Best practice demonstration program ESD Working Group on Manufacturing - consultation on AMC position for ESD group Productivity improvement, AMC position

Information bulletin subscriptions Staffing Research on clustering of firms Community education program on manufacturing industry

A244A247 A244

A244-245,A246 A245-246,A247-249 A246 A246

A247 A247 A249

A249-250

AMC consultancies - The Global Challenge report - Mr N Gruen - Holt Public Relations, changes to contracts

- Towers Perrin Forester and Crosby, amended contract - Canada Consulting Cresap, $110,000 contract - Western Pacific Communications - AGSM Limited, $175,000 contract Work of secretariat staff

Cost recovery

A250-251 A251

A251-252, A254-257 A253 A254 A255 A255-256 A252-253

A256

Department o f Industry, Technology and Commerce

General Draft Annual Report, information not yet provided A257

Mr Ghaith Pahron, possible meeting with Minister A258-262

Business opportunities in Kuwait A262

Checks on credentials of individuals to meet Minister A262-263

Article in Australian quoting Dr Bell on tax system A263-266

Tax impact on business, DITAC work A266

Goods and services tax A266-267

Program 1 - Industry Sectors

Subprogram 1.1: Resource Processing and Environment Expenditure on ESD program A267-268

Production of citric acid, Sirius Biotechnology A268

Pulp mill proposals A268-269

Subprogram 1.2: Heavy Industries Consultancies - outcomes of consultancies A269

- Australian Shipbuilders Association Ltd A269-270

- Manatech, modelling for NIES A270-271

- Australian Academy of Design A274-275

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- Cities and Towns Local Government Association conference A287-288 - Woolcott Research Pty Ltd A288

- Marsland Pty Ltd A288

Evaluation of NEES programs A271-273

NIES staffing and functions A274

Request for evaluation of some consultancy reports A275-276

Selection process for DITAC Deputy Secretary A276-278

Australian Space Office, Temple Bay project A278-279,A295

Offsets and partnerships A279-280

Vendor development scheme, use of certificates A280-282

Undischarged offset obligations, status A282-283

Photographic film bounty, status of Kodak A283-284

Oztech exhibition - involvement of Mr Paul Lyneham A284-285

- funding by DITAC A285

- evaluation of success of event A285

Metal working machine robots bounty A285-286

Audio cassettes, elimination of tariffs A286

Partnerships for development program A287

Placement of questions on notice A289

Subprogram 1.4: Construction and Service Industries Small and medium enterprise development program A289-290

- export development scheme A290-292

- projects relating to regulation A292

- work on program before and after March 1991 A293

Small Business Council tax group draft report A293

Small business centre steering committee A293

- fund raiser A293

Small Business Research Unit research awards A293-294

Small business database and feasibility study A294

Training levy and small business A294

Meet the Buyers 'trade fair' evaluation A294

Export of legal, health and medical services plan A294-295

Program 2 - Industry Infrastructure

Subprogram 2.1: Innovation National procurement development program A295

Consultancies - Pappas Carter Evans and Koop, and Aymever Consulting Services A296

Subprogram 2.7: Commission for the Future Privatisation and funding A296-300

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Subprogram 2.1: Innovation Industry Research and Development Board, grants procedures A300

Questions on Notice A300-305

Monday, 23 September 1991

Subject Page

PRIME MINISTER'S PORTFOLIO

Attenders A307-398

Chairman's opening statement A308

Program 6 - Portfolio Policy Advising Agencies

Subprogram 6.4: Office of the Resource Assessment Commission Coastal zone inquiry, increase in staffing A308

Kakadu inquiry complete A308-309

Coastal zone inquiry A309-310

Forest and timber inquiry A309

Structure of RAC corporate services branch, numbers and functions A310 Use of consultants A310-311

Consultation, Kakadu inquiry A311

Social justice, meaning within subprogram A311-312

Dr Hamilton - letter to a newspaper A312-313,A314-315,A318

- functions in RAC A313-314

Definitions of conservation and development A315

Influence of government policy on RAC advice A315-316

Access by Committee to advice given to RAC on inquiries A317-318

How advice formulated in RAC A318

Procedural discussion A318-319

Kakadu inquiry, social impact inquiry A319-320

- difference in methodological approach to North East Queensland part of forest and timber inquiry A320-321

Forest and timber inquiry - studies on structural adjustment package (SAP) A321-323

- consultant's draft report on SAP A323-324

RAC item in Australian Financial Review environment feature A324 Consultancies - Jack Hilary and Associates A324

- John Malone A324

Circumstances of Mr Nicholson's departure from RAC A324-332

Cost of furniture for Justice Stewart's office A332

Allocation of motor vehicles to officers A332-334

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Funding of participants in inquiries A334

Corporate Contact Network and RAC's links with other groups A334-335 Research reports outside ambit of specific inquiries A335

RAC relationship to - DASETT A336

- Industry Commission A336

- ESD process A336-337

Kakadu report - balance of interests A337

- religious aspects of Coronation Hill site A337-340

- process of drafting report A338-339

- cost of contingent valuation survey A340

Further contingent valuation surveys A341

- forest and timber inquiry A341

- criticism of concept by Institute of Public Affairs A341-342

Definition of 'useful' in RAC goals, question taken on notice A342

TREASURY PORTFOLIO

Attenders A342-343

Chairman's opening statement A343

General Number of corrections to Program Performance Statement A343-344 Late receipt of draft annual report A344-345

Future review of program structure A345-346

- use of consultant A346

- possible savings A347-348

Performance indicators A346-347

Recruitment difficulties A348

Portfolio program evaluations A349

Social justice, meaning within portfolio A349-351

- evaluation of programs against social justice criteria A351-352 Increase in staff numbers A353

Special Premiers' Conference process A353

Treasury delays in answering Questions on Notice A354

Program 1 - Economic Policy

Subprogram 1.1: Macro-economic (Prices Surveillance Authority) Incompleteness of draft annual report A354-355

Objectives of PSA measurements of effectiveness A355

Number of notifications in last year A355

Attention to causes of price increases, A355-356

Current inquiries, including waterfront A356-357A358

Suggested merging of PSA with Trade Practices Commission A357-358 Labour productivity and costs figures in draft annual report A358-359 Prices surveillance vs prices intervention A359

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Placement of questions on notice A359

Subprogram 1.4: Taxation policy Income tax on prescribed lottery arrangements A359-360

Rebate on excise for remote area power generation A360

Increase in subprogram resources A360

establishment of Superannuation Branch A361

Development of micro-economic model A361-363,A366-367,A368-370,A377-378 Capital gains tax on small business A364

Consultants reports on wholesale sales tax A365

Work on indirect taxes A365-366

Capital gains tax, family home A367-368

Negative gearing A368

Computing facilities for micro-economic model A370-371

Interaction of model with Social Security A371-373

Use of Household Expenditure Survey data A372-373

Availability of micro-economic model A373-374

Reform of depreciation arrangements A374

- meetings with business groups A374-376

- joint work with DITAC A376-377

Department's macro-economic model A378-379

Tax simplification exercise A379-381

Officers on overseas assignments, purposes A381-382

INDUSTRY, TECHNOLOGY AND COMMERCE PORTFOLIO

Attenders Chairman's opening statement

Department o f Industry, Technology and Commerce

Program 2 - Industry Infrastructure

Subprogram 2.7: Commission for the Future Cost of producing magazine '21C' Involvement of ABC in production of '21C' Market for magazine Accuracy of content of magazine

Other activities of Commission Shareholders in, and structure of, Commission Charter, memorandum and articles of association

Subprogram 2.1: Innovation Industry Research and Development Board, grants procedures A394-397

A384-387

A385-387,A389-390 Α387-388Λ392 A388-389,A392-393 A390-391

A391-392 A393-394

A382-384 A3 84

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Subprogram 2.5: Policy and projects Multifunction polis - private investment A397

- financing of infrastructure development A397-398

- staffing in DITAC A398

- Japanese interest A398

- public consultation A398

- administrative expenses and financial commitments A399-400 - number of firms interested in establishing at MFP A401

- tax incentives A401

- other associated sites A401-402

- limits on overseas involvement A402-403

Subprogram 2.3: Industry economic research (Bureau of Industry Economics) Increase in BIE staffing A403

Recruitment difficulties A403

Duplication between BIE and Industry Commission A403-404

Receipts A404

Subprogram 2.1: Innovation Linkages with financial institutions and superannuation funds A405

Research and development 150% tax concession, review A406,A407-408

Subprogram 2.5: Policy and projects Commercial tariff concession system A406

Subprogram 2.10: Anti-Dumping Authority Review of anti-dumping procedures A408-409

Resources of ADA A409

Methodology of investigations, peaches and pears case A409-410

Program 3 - Corporate

Subprogram 3.3: Information and communications Increase in resources A410-411

Program 4 - Australian Customs Service

General Prosecutions - number, cost and returns A411,A412-413

Training of investigation officers A411-412

Number of investigation officers A412

Midford Paramount case A413-414

Oxford case, Topper case, AAT jurisdiction and rulings, ACS actions A414-416 Walker case, Cadet Shoes case A416-417

In-house legal advice A417

Administration of ships bounty payments - legislation A418

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- numbers and amounts of payments A418-419

- payments relating to the vessel The Other Woman A419-424

- requirements of registration under Bounty (Ships) Act A424-426 Diesel fuel rebate scheme A427-428

- reasons for increases in estimates A428-429

- response to ANAO audit report A429-431

Construction of ACS computer centre A431

Subprogram 4.5: Coastwatch Aircraft in service A431

Scrutiny of contract performance A432

- availability of aircraft A432-434

Delivery of SeaScan aircraft A434-435

Electronic observers, training and numbers A436-437

Firearms control, placement of questions on notice Α437Λ438

Incorporation of letters relating to EFIC and payments for The Other Woman A437-438

Program 5 - Australian Trade Commission

Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (EFIC) - bounty payments relating to the vessel The Other Woman A439-440,A444-446 - level of national interest exposure A440-441

- borrowing operations A441-444

- level of reserves A444

- legal advice relating to contract for the vessel The Other Woman A446-448 Series of question on various subprograms, taken on notice A449

Claims on the national interest provisions A449

Splitting of EFIC and Austrade A449

Lawsuit against Austrade by Crocodile Marketing Ltd A449-450

Consultancy fee paid to Mr McAlister A450-451

Dr Charles' appointment to Berlin A451

Program 7 - CSIRO

Changes in direction of CSIRO in last 18 months A451-452

Resources, how transferable A452

Priority areas A452-453

Account taken of commercial potential of projects A453

Sales revenue, potential and sources A453-454

Superannuation scheme A455

Questions on Notice A456-457

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Wednesday, 25 September 1991

Subject

FINANCE PORTFOLIO

Attenders Chairman's opening statement

General Liability for providers of information technology Oversighting of other departments' Program Performance Statements Increase in running costs of Department Increase in running costs of most departments Corporate planning reserve Union bans

Program 1 - Budget Development and Management

Subprogram 1.1: Budget Coordination Deterioration in the budget surplus Components of higher outlays figure Reduced number of Finance Cabinet submissions and decisions Department's scrutiny of other departments' new policy proposals Carryover borrowing limit review In-house production of Budget documents, savings Evaluation of the efficiency of estimates practices Influence of New Federalism on Budget documents Specific purpose payments to States/Territories, monitoring Representation on Special Premiers Conference working groups Possibility of forward estimates of revenue Management of levies raised by industry Australian Government credit cards

- reconciliation procedures - Reserve Bank settlement account - prosecution of fraud

Subprogram 1.2: Oversight and evaluation Increase in staffing resources Accountability and cost-effectiveness, Department's role Use of trust accounts

Program 2 - Resource Management Framework

Subprogram 2.1: Resource management practices Evaluation of FMIP across all departments Need for register and monitoring of Commonwealth bodies

Page

A459-460 A460

A460-463 A463-465 A465-466 A466-467 A467-469 A469-470

A470-471 A472 A472-473 A473-474 A474-476

A475 A476

A477-478 A478-479 A479 A480-481 A481-482 A482-485 A485-487 A486-487 A487-489

A489-491 A491-492 A492

A492-493 A494-495

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Subprogram 2.3: External reporting policy and procedures Discussion paper on public sector accounting standard A495-496

Accrual accounting A496

Guidelines for use of Advance to the Minister for Finance Α496-497Λ503 - grant to Queensland Government A497-501

FMIP, next steps A501

Review of presentation of Budget papers A502-503

Commonwealth financial management handbook, revised edition A503

Program 3 - Government Financial Administration and Accounts

Subprogram 3.3: Systems training, advisory and consulting services Computer-based financial management information systems seminar A504 Australian government credit cards - number of prosecutions for misuse A504-505

- review of procedures and usage A505-506

Seminars, numbers organised by Department A506

Program 4 - Retirement BeneEts

Legislative changes A507

Level of unfunded liability of public sector superannuation schemes A507-508 Encouragement of pensions over lump sums A508

Funding of PSS scheme A509

Employees of organisations to be privatised, concerns about superannuation A509-510 Number of GBE superannuation schemes A510

Australian Airlines superannuation scheme A510-511

Retirements on invalidity grounds A511-512

008 inquiry line A512-513

Program 5 - Specific Payments and Receipts Activities

Act of grace payments A513-514

Taskforce on asset sales - shortfall against estimates, reasons A514-515

- progress of sales A515

- Commonwealth Bank float A515-516

- Aussat A516-517

- sale of HLIC A517-518

- trade sales strategy A518-519

- employee share ownership in airlines A519

- cost of airlines sales brochure A519-520

- sale of Australian National Line A520-521

- increased running cost of taskforce A522

- consultants A522

- recruitment A523

- Defence service homes sale, agreement with Queensland Government A523

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Program 6 - Corporate Services

Costs of redundancy payments Employee assistance program Travel expenditure

Program 7- Australian National Audit Office

Revision of Audit Act, progress Effect on operations of Office of delay with new legislation Australian Contemporary Music Development Co, audit

TREASURY PORTFOLIO

Attenders Chairman's opening statement

Program 1 - Economic Policy

Subprogram 1.1: Macro-economic Meaning of sustainable economic growth - in relation to employment Meaning of low inflation and unemployment

- target figures Basis of 1.5% GDP growth forecast - fall in private sector investment - source of growth in exports

- price of wool, effects - effect on forecast figure of reduced export growth rate Average earnings growth forecast Total domestic savings figures Corporate savings and profitability figures Restraints on investment and growth Public and private sector savings Micro-economic model - capacity - allocation of resources to development of model Potential economic impact of greenhouse gas emission targets

Subprogram 1.2: Structural Performance indicators and evaluation

Subprogram 1.3: Debt management Timetable for program Domestic vs overseas borrowings, policy Interest rates

A523

A523-524 A524

A524-526 A526-527 A527

A527-52S A528

A528-529 A529-531 A531-532 A532-533

A533

A533-534 A534-535 A535-536 A536-537

A537 A537

A537-537 A538 A539

A539-540 A540-541 A541-542

A542

A542 A543

A543-544

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Program 2 - Financial System

General Benchmarks for efficiency, competitiveness and stability in financial system Performance indicators for program Defining worthwhile foreign investment

Workload of Foreign Investment Review Board

Subprogram 2.3: Non-Budget dependent statutory bodies Commonwealth Bank prospectus, absence of profit projections

Subprogram 2.1: Financial sector policy and administration (departmental) Freeze on unlisted property trust assets - consideration of levy support arrangement - reasons for limiting actions to unlisted property trusts

- timing of freeze Prudential supervision, adequacy of Treasury powers

Subprogram 2.1: Insurance and Superannuation Commission Performance indicators Eligible termination payments (ETPs), request form Backlog of certificates of compliance requests

Lack of ISC office in Tasmania Adequacy of telephone access to ISC Adequacy of ISC resources since split from ATO Distribution of ISC annual return forms

Superannuation levy, application to certain employers Defined benefits schemes surpluses, guidelines Casual workers' superannuation Deadline for reasonable benefit limits (RBL) determinations re tax returns

- computer system problems Detection of ETPs Simplification of system Complaints about RBL system

Appeal to AAT Average time taken per determination Monitoring of Occidental and Regal Life case Provision of actuarial advice

Actuary's access to databases Advisory role in relation to investment vs beneficiary interest Superannuation summit Reliability of statistics

Australian Accounting Standards Board, draft paper Corporations legislation to cover superannuation industry Loss of tax benefits in simplification process ANZ Bank paper 'Why are Australia's Retail Deposits Falling?'

Consultation with consumer organisations Increase in appropriations, reasons

A545

A545-546 A546 A546-547

A547-548

A548-549 A549-550 A550-551 A551-552

A552-553

A554

A554-556 A556-557 A557 A557-558

A558

A558-559 A559-560 A560 A560-561

A561-562 A562-564 A564-565 A565-566

A566-567 A567 A567 A567-569 A569-570

A570-571 A571-573 A573-574 A574

A574-575 A575-576 A576 A576-577

A577-578 A578

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Program 3 - Payments To or For Other levels o f Government

Horizontal fiscal imbalance Review of fiscal equalisation arrangements Return of taxing powers to the States Working party on vertical fiscal imbalance Payroll tax Timing of presentation of working group reports

Program 7 - Industry Commission

Impact of changing role on resource needs Rent increase Increase in salary allocation Social justice, meaning within program

IC report commenting on capital gains tax on family home Annual report delays

Friday, 11 October 1991

Subject

TREASURY PORTFOLIO

Attenders Chairman's opening statement

Program 6 - Taxation Administration (Australian Taxation Office)

Subprogram 6.1: Income tax Depreciation - effective life, calculation - deductibility write-off for small items of plant

- write-off rate for second hand plant - March 12 industry statement, timing of legislation - exposure draft ruling no. 63 ATO network equipment, overspend Australian Government credit cards

- Auditor General's report on misuse in ATO Queensland office Depreciation, pooling arrangements Foreign investment - passive investment income, legislation

- taxation

Taxation Laws Amendment (Foreign Income) Act, winding up of trusts Ruling 2628

A579-580 A580-581 A581-582 A582-583

A583 A583

A583-584 A584 A584 A584 A585 A585

Page

A587-588 A588

A588,589-590 A589 A589 A590

Α590-591Λ631 A591-594

A594-596 A596-597

A597

A597-598 A598 A598

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Donations paid to Brian Burke, taxation of interest Prosecution for breaches of confidentiality of taxpayers' personal information Rulings binding on ATO Prosecution procedure for failure to lodge tax return

Taxation of travel allowances Prosecution of politicians Application of case law and rulings Availability of rulings to tax agents

ATO application of AAT decisions as binding Taxpayers as 'clients', relationship to ATO Confirmation of telephone inquiries Requests for section 169A rulings

Charging for complex rulings Time taken for AAT decisions on tax appeals Dorothy Moorby case Section 46(7A), dividend rebates

Exposure draft ruling no. 42, partial debt write-offs Training program facilities Work related expenses, growth in claims

Taxation treatment of work in progress, Gray's and Coughlan's cases Tax simplification program - progress - abbreviation of Act

- transfer of resources from other programs areas Discussion of deadline for ATO answers to estimates questions on notice Cost of compliance Discretionary powers

Placement of questions on notice Large case program - implications for revenue - evaluation by Pappas Carter Evans and Koop

- number of cases in progress Taxpayer audit program - process of selecting cases for audit - procedures for audits, code of conduct

- costs of audit borne by companies - potential revenue - effect on voluntary compliance rates Living away from home allowance Hepple's case results Income tax on prescribed lottery arrangements Swaps rulings Deductions for uniforms and other clothing Review of franking credits for accident liability insurance Superannuation trust deeds Superannuation and group certificates Employment declaration forms

A598-599 A599-601 A601-603 A603

A603-604 A604-605 A605-608 A607

A608-610 A610-611 A611 A611-612

A612-613 A613 A613-614 A614

A614

A614-615 A615-616 Α616Λ631

A616-617 A617-619 A619-620 A619 A620-621

A621 A621

A622-623 A622

A623-624

A624-625 A625-626 A626-627 A627-629

A628

A629-630 A630-631 A631-632 A632-633

A633-634 A634 A634-635 A635

A635-636

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Availability of booklet on self assessment A636

Estimated increase in withholding tax revenue A636-637

Reasonable care, requirements of tax officers A637

Acknowledgment of receipt of returns A637-638

Placement of questions on notice A638

Section 70B, meaning of terms A638

Capital gains tax, companies in liquidation, rulings A638

Enactment of rules for access to working papers A639

Tax Pack - distribution A639

- CPI rates for calculation of capital gains tax A640

- eligible termination payments certificates A640

- availability on floppy disk A640

- travel allowances question A641

Clearance of backlog of objections to assessments A641-642

Inquiry counter errors, internal evaluation A642

Keying errors, detection and monitoring of level A642-643

Issuing of quarterly provisional tax notices A643

Confidentiality of taxpayer data provided electronically A643-644

Lease incentives, response to request for information A644

Audit of fringe benefits tax in non-profit organisations A644-645

Phase out of tax stamps A645

Livestock valuations A645-646

Interest on borrowings to pay tax, non-deductibility for partnerships A646-647 Refund of interest by ATO on overpayments A647-648,A654-655

Capital gains tax, section 177C of Income Tax Assessment Act A648

Section 47(1A), questions taken on notice A648

Capital gains tax, ATO specialist advising cell, rulings and access A648-649 Ruling 2645, relief from substantiation requirements A649-650

Investigation of alleged links between organised crime and officers of ΑΤΟ A650 Section 78, deductibility of donations to organisations, review A650-652 Bankruptcy, Allfarm case, protection of employee's entitlements A652-654,A655-657 Charging

- for copies of Tax Pack A654

- for stationery used by tax agents A657

Placement of questions on notice A657

Exposure draft ruling no. 52, deductibility of interest, superannuation A657-658

Subprogram 6.2: Sales tax Sales tax simplification project, consultation A658

Wholesale sales tax falling on business purchases of investment goods A658 Sales tax collected from overseas travellers A658

Consultancies - technical sales tax training, Ernst and Young A659-660

- Michael Gill and Associates report on sales tax workshop A660,A666-667 - process of letting Ernst and Young contract A660-664

Level of expenditure on reports concerning sales tax A664-665

Placement of questions on notice A668

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ATO access to Treasury micro-economic model A668-669

Asset register for ATO equipment A670

Adelaide office project A670

Subprogram 6.4: Child Support Agency Placement of questions on notice A670

Questions on Notice A670-673

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Report to the Senate........................................................................................................ 1

Reservations -Senator Peter Durack............................................................................................ 9

Senator Jocelyn Newman..................................................................................... 10

Senator Brian Harradine ..................................................................................... 11

Senator Robert H ill.............................................................................................. 12

Minutes of Proceedings Wednesday, 4 September 1991.................................................................................. 13

Monday, 9 September 1991 ...................................................................................... 16

Wednesday, 11 September 1 9 9 1 ............................................................................... 20

Tuesday, 8 October 1991........................................................................................... 24

Table of contents to Hansard of public hearings Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade...........................................................

Department of Defence ............................................................................................. 30

List of questions taken on notice during the Committee’s consideration of the estimates Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade........................................................... 37

Department of Defence ............................................................................................. 40

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E s t i m a t e s C o m m it t e e B

R e p o r t T o T h e S e n a t e

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Estimates Committee B presents its report to the Senate.

INTRODUCTION

On 22 August 1991 the Senate referred to the Committee for examination and report the particulars of proposed expenditure for the service of the year ending on 30 June 1992, the particulars of certain proposed expenditure in respect of the year ending on 30 June 1992 and expenditure under the Advance to the Minister for Finance for the year ended 30 June 1991,

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

The Committee met on 4, 9 and 11 September 1991 to examine these estimates and expenditure. The Committee considered the estimates utilising the departmental program performance statements and received evidence from the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Senator Gareth Evans), the Minister for Defence (Senator Robert Ray), and officers

of the departments and authorities concerned.

This report includes the Committee’s Minutes of Proceedings, a table of contents to the Hansard reports to public hearings and a list of questions taken on notice during the Committee’s consideration of the estimates. The Hansard reports and additional information provided at the public hearings and in response to the questions taken on notice will be tabled

separately in the Senate.

The Committee expresses its appreciation for the assistance of the Ministers and the officers of the departments and authorities who appeared before it The Committee commends the efforts of both Departments in providing written responses to all questions taken on notice prior to the finalisation of this report and, in particular, to Defence in responding to over 200

questions in this period of time.

The Committee draws the attention of the Senate to the following matters of interest which arose during consideration of the estimates:

DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE

Illegal fishing in Australian zone

The Committee noted in the Program Performance Statements that in 1990-91 discussions about illegal Indonesian fishing in the Australian fishing zone had occurred and the outlook for 1991-92 included continuing to work closely with the Indonesian Government to manage this illegal fishing.

The Committee was informed that the Indonesian Government was working hard to get an educative message across to the many villages from which boats are likely to make incursions into Australian waters and was also paying particular attention to the ports where catches from these fishing operations are sold. While preventative measures are being taken by the

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Indonesians, surveillance and enforcement exercises conducted by Australian authorities are regarded as successful in terms of the level of activity actually occurring. However, it is not regarded as a sufficient disincentive for the fisherman to be caught, have their boat impounded, be gaoled and subsequently returned home given the level of money earned under Australian law while in gaol.

Additional disincentives for fishermen illegally coming and returning to Australian waters were being considered. One option, for example, is to make special provision for having money earned in gaol being used to cover the cost of returning the people home.

Alternative measures that have been the subject of discussions with the Indonesians have included the creation of joint commercial ventures in order to provide other forms of return for the fisherman who would then have less incentive to trespass into the Australian fishing zone.

Former Ambassador to Ireland and the Holy See - Mr Brian Burke

At the additional estimates in April 1991 questions were asked relating to Mr Brian Burke’s term as Ambassador to Ireland and the Holy See. Further questions were asked at the September hearings relating to the purchase and sale of vehicles duty free and the payment of a component of a phone bill for private calls by Mr Burke.

The departmental regulations relating to the purchase of vehicles duty free in a posting are outlined in a 1987 administrative circular on diplomatic and consular privileges. It was raised during the hearings that Mr Burke may have breached these regulations. The Committee was advised of the following sequence of events in respect to the purchase and sale of two vehicles by Mr Burke.

The two vehicles, which were the subject of concern, had been purchased by Mr Burke by trading in vehicles he had bought two years previously. Mr Burke was unaware of the departmental regulations as the 1987 administrative circular had not been brought to his attention. The department was satisfied that Mr Burke did not know about the circular. When Mr Burke was preparing to vacate the Dublin post it was proposed that the vehicles

should be disposed of duty free. If a sale had occurred under these conditions it would have breached the department’s regulations.

The Department became aware of the vehicles at this point after an officer of the post had sought advice from the Department relating to the proposed sale of the vehicles. The Department advised Mr Burke that, in accordance with the departmental regulations, he should pay all taxes and duties on the two vehicles and dispose of them without benefit of diplomatic privilege. Mr Burke agreed to this advice and immediately took steps to conform to the regulations by paying all relevant taxes and duties (see Hansard, pp. 38-42 and 50-51).

A further area of contention related to the payment of over $7 000 for personal phone calls in addition to a sum previously paid. The Committee was advised of the procedures used to derive these amounts. Originally, in the absence of a precise recording of the calls that had been made, a figure of ten percent, as representing the non-official component of Mr Burke’s

phone calls, was regarded as an acceptable figure upon which to base a payment

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Subsequently, when a detailed call record became available, it was possible to reassess personal usage, resulting in an additional number of non-official calls being charged to and paid for by Mr Burke. The Department was satisfied that the amount of money was an

appropriate sum for the additional contribution by Mr Burke. The department also indicated that the process followed was the same as would apply in dealing with any head of mission. At the end of the process the Department asked the ANAO to review its actions and the auditors concluded that the Department had done all that was possible with the documentation

available to it (see Hansard, pp. 43-49).

The Committee was informed that the net termination payment to Mr Burke after adjustments for leave and allowances and deductions for the telephone accounts, air freight and sundry payments was $18 938.21 (see Hansard, p. 50).

The Committee was advised that the Department is implementing procedures to prevent similar financial situations arising at overseas posts now that there has been a devolution of responsibility for the expenditure of running costs money to these posts. An audit program of actively visiting posts to identify and remedy problems is under way. An example raised

was that there were other posts where Australian based officers were not aware of the administrative circular relating to diplomatic and consular privileges. In addition, the Department is moving towards a computerised accounting system overseas. This is intended to enable the Department to conduct desk audits of posts so that it will be able to track

categories of expenditure, e.g., travel, telephones and other utilities.

Income Tax Payments - Locally Engaged Staff

In its May 1991 Report the Committee noted that the Department was working with the Australian Taxation Office on arrangements for the collection of tax from posts.

The Committee was informed that since the previous hearings the Taxation Laws Amendment Act (No. 2) 1991 amended the Income Tax Assessment Act to extend and simplify the exemptions for foreign employment income, effective from 1 July 1991.

The Department and the ATO have agreed upon arrangements whereby posts will notify the ATO of the tax file numbers of persons required to pay tax and the Department will provide ATO with annual statements of earnings and the exchange rates relevant to those earnings. The ATO has indicated that it is satisfied with these arrangements.

The Committee has previously raised the issue of past obligations to pay tax. The Committee was advised that the Department had offered to work with the ATO to determine these past liabilities, however the ATO had decided that, given the amounts of money involved were very small and due to the complexity of the different issues in different countries, there was

no point in proceeding with actions against these past obligations (see Hansard, p. 93-5).

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Program Performance Statements - terminology

The Committee noted in its October 1990 Report the use of unnecessarily complicated terminology in the Explanatory Notes. The Committee was again confronted with similar terminology, commenting variously that there seems to be an effort to camouflage simple and sensible propositions in jargon, the reader must have a deal of background knowledge to understand some explanations or an impression is given of much greater importance or involvement attaching to an activity. Even the Minister conceded that expressions used were

‘a little bit overwritten’ and ‘there is a fair bit of creative prose in this year’s document’. (For examples of this prose and exchanges in Committee, see Hansard, pp. 8, 15, 18, 26, 34 and 66.) The Committee simply requests that explanations be concise and without embellishment to outcome and outlook sections.

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE

Ready Reserve

The Committee received evidence on a number of issues relating to the establishment of the Ready Reserve.

Discussion surrounded the basis on which projected cost savings have been derived and the differing estimates of the IDC on the Wrigley Report, Army and ANAO. The Committee was informed that the Ready Reserve determinations were made as part of the force structure review based on a readiness requirement which concluded that reserves with a higher level

of training, as distinct from permanent forces, could fill a gap in the readiness spectrum. The cost was based on a full year of training and four years of part time service for reservists, proportionally divided between new recruits and those with prior service.

The cost comparison was made on an individual basis of a regular versus a reserve. Direct costs were chosen because of ease in ascertaining exact parameters. If full costs were used it would have meant including all indirect costs, for example, estimating rates of depreciation of capital assets. The ANAO estimates, which referred to the Army Reserve, included components relating to costs of the regular army manpower allocated to reserve units and indirect costs related to administrative and other support overheads provided to the reserve by other regular army personnel and defence civilians {see Hansard, pp. 120-3).

The Department indicated in its additional information that it was acutely aware of the need to capture actual costs and that a major review of the Ready Reserve Program would be undertaken in three years. This review will enable costing aspects to be based on firm data.

The Committee received information on which regular units will be transferred into Ready Reserve Units. In making these decisions both the structure of the battalions and the desire to keep the battalion identification going were considered {see Hansard, pp. 196-8). Potential problems pertaining to the special conditions reservists of the 49 Battalion RQR were considered. Army was hopeful that a number would transfer to the Ready Reserve and was

also considering an option to raise an organisation to continue the special conditions service of the reservists involved.

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The Committee was advised that an advertising campaign would begin on 2 October 1991 and run until the end of November at a cost of $2m. The campaign is aimed to attract an initial uptake of 1150 for Army and 90 for Air Force and will primarily target experienced people leaving the service who wish to supplement pensions and Year 12*s who wish to defer tertiary education for 12 months and then have their education subsidised during their part time

service. Discussion has been occurring at Ministerial level to ensure that there are no constraints within tertiary institutions in potential recruits deferring course entry for 12 months.

An employer support scheme will also operate, although the mechanics of how payments will be made to employers and what schemes are needed for employers to assist regular release of ready reservists are still being developed.

Accommodation shortfalls at Enoggera, the type of accommodation required and the planning required by the Defence Housing Authority to provide housing for the Ready Reserve were also discussed {see Hansard, pp. 191-2).

The Committee was informed that the future of the Ready Reserve will be determined by experience. The system is intended to have flexibility, so that if anticipated standards in this new system are not met, there is a capacity to improve the system or undertake alternative measures. As the Minister acknowledged, the strategy that has been adopted does not totally

bind future governments and defence planners, unlike some other proposals that would have resulted in commitments to an irreversible course {see Hansard, p. 104).

Some members of the Committee have expressed concern that such a major change to the ADF was being made without certainty as to its viability. This was particularly so when the Ready Reserve was being introduced in order to replace regular units as an economy measure. Concern was also expressed as to possible reduction in combat readiness.

Oberon Class submarines - refit

Delays in the Oberon submarines refit program have been the subject of questions at recent estimates hearings. The Committee was advised that the current status is that the refit of HMAS Orion was completed in June 1991 and it is now undergoing a process of trials and workup. HMAS Onslow is in refit and is expected back in service in January 1993. HMAS

Otama has been out of service since September 1990 and is not due to commence refit until February 1992. The Department now reports that refit on HMAS Otama is not expected to begin until mid-1992 because of the extent of emergent work discovered on the refit of the HMAS Onslow.

These delays were explained as a result of a submarine manning problem that Navy had at the time, transitional arrangements being put in place for Oberon depot level maintenance and a protracted tender selection and contract negotiation process for the use of an alternative dockyard as a result of the decision to sell Cockatoo Island.

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The contract, awarded to ADI, is a fixed price contract for defined work, along with payment for emergent work unspecified at the time of contract signing. The cost of emergent work is expected to be significant. The Committee was informed that the Commonwealth's position was essentially protected in terms of cost, should there be significant delays, however, the Navy’s operational effectiveness could be affected (see Hansard, pp. 165-172).

LAV25 - Acquisition

The Committee heard evidence on the capabilities of the LAV25 vehicle, and noted with concern some of the perceived limitations of the LAV in Australian conditions (see Hansard pp.225-231). The Committee was informed that the 2nd Cavalry Regiment undertook hot-dry and hot-wet trials of the LAV in Northern Australia between June 1990 and April 1991. A report of these trials was prepared and a copy provided to Senator MacGibbon on a restricted basis due to its classification.

Post-separation employment

During the hearings questions were raised over the engagement of former Defence employees as consultants on fees considerably higher than their previous salaries. Three particular examples were cited (see Hansard, pp. 244-5). The Committee was advised that there was not a policy against the engagement of people who retire from Defence and establish private businesses who have appropriate services to offer.

The Department indicated in its additional information that the three cases referred to at the hearings had separated some time before their engagement as consultants and had successfully tendered to provide services required by the Department. Reasons provided to explain the higher consultancy fees to separation salary were that consultants’ fees are based on full costs and salary figures do not include overheads, current salaries were higher than at the time of separation and in two of the consultancies there was provision for the employment of more than one person.

This general matter has been raised by Parliamentary Committees previously. Estimates Committee A cautioned in its November 1989 Report that without guidelines relating to the re-employment of former employees and a policy regarding the quarantining of employees who indicate they will be resigning to take up an outside appointment, ‘the potential will always be there for conflict of interest and the accusation that any future contracts were not undertaken at arms length’ (Parliamentary Paper No. 476 of 1989, p. 8). The Joint Committee of Public Accounts referred in its report 'Engagement of External Consultants by Commonwealth Departments’ to Estimates Committee A’s evidence and considered ‘the issue of post-separation employment of public servants to be a matter of great public importance

and potentially of public concern’ (Parliamentary Paper No. 486 of 1989, pp. 26-32).

The Committee concurs with these comments and believes there is a need generally for tightening procedures to ensure there is no hint of impropriety if consultancies are awarded to former employees. The Committee has also noted the Auditor-General’s Report No. 9 of 1989-90 on post separation employment procedures in the Department of Defence and the Ministers response to Question on Notice No. 457 dated 21 August 1991 relating to the

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implementation of that report's recommendations. The Committee recommends that the guidelines which apply to former officers private sector employment should be used as a base for preparing guidelines governing the employment of former officers as consultants.

Program Performance Statements

The Committee compliments the Department on the comprehensive nature of the information contained in its Program Performance Statements. It particularly found useful the tabular and graphic representation of comparative information.

RECOMMENDATIONS

Estimates Committee B recommends:

(1) That the proposed expenditure, in accordance with the estimates referred to the Committee, be approved by the Senate without amendment or request.

(2) That matters raised in this report may be further examined by the Senate.

(3) That all questions taken on notice, as recorded in the list attached to the report, may be further examined by the Senate.

Senator B.R. Bums (Chairman)

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P A R L IA M E N T O F A U S T R A L IA · THE SENATE

SENATOR THE HON. PETER DURACK. Q.C. DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION IN THE SENATE SHADOW MINISTER FOR DEFENCE

PARLIAMENT HOUSE CANBERRA. A.C.T. 2600 TELEPHONE (06) 277 3725 FAX (06) 277 3169

ST. MARTIN'S TOWER 44 ST. GEORGE'S TERRACE (GPO BOX B58) PERTH. W.A 6000

TELEPHONE (09) 221 1277 FAX (09) 221 3350

Mr E l t o n H um phery S e c r e t a r y E s t i m a t e s C o m m itte e B ( D e f e n c e )

P a r l i a m e n t H ouse

C a n b e r r a

D e a r Mr H u m p h ery ,

I w i s h t o r e s e r v e t h e f o l l o w i n g m a t t e r s a r i s i n g o u t o f E s t i m a t e s

C o m m itte e B c o n s i d e r a t i o n s f o r d i s c u s s i o n s i n t h e C o m m itte e o f

t h e w h o l e . I recom m end t h a t t h e s e m a t t e r s b e t h e s u b j e c t o f

f u r t h e r e x a m i n a t i o n b y t h e S e n a t e .

M a r in e S u p p o r t F a c i l i t y

N o r t h W est C ape c o m m u n ic a tio n s f a c i l i t y

I n a d d i t i o n , I w is h t o r e s e r v e m a t t e r s a r i s i n g o u t o f t h e

q u e s t i o n s w h ic h I p l a c e d o n n o t i c e .

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

O c to b e r 8 , 1991

(PETER DURACK)

P A R L IA M E N T O F A U S T R A L IA · THE SENATE

SENATOR JOCELYN NEWMAN SE N A T O R FO R TASMANIA

S H A D O W M INISTER F O R VETERANS’ AFFAIRS S H A D O W MINISTER FO R D E F E N C E SCIENCE A N D PE R SO N N E L

S H A D O W M INISTER ASSISTING TH E LEADER O N TH E STATUS O F W O M E N

JMN:JC 7 October 1991

Mr Elton Humphrey Secretary Estimates Committee B The Senate Parliament House, Canberra, 2600

Dear Mr Humphrey,

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

* Matters relating to the Ready Reserves and the Force Structure Review mentioned throughout the Committee hearings.

* Civilian staffing concerns raised throughout the Committee hearings.

* That relating to the Defence Regional Support Review (DRSR) raised in the preliminary stage pre-program 1, and further in Program 3.3 Base logistics.

* Program 1 relating to Armed Fighting Vehicles.

* Matters relating to personnel raised in Program 1.3 Personnel.

* Program 1.5 relating to Housing.

* Program 6.4 Industry Involvement and contracting, relating to ASTA and ADI.

* Program 7 Budget and Management, relating to consultancies.

* Written answers to questions placed on notice.

Yours sincerely,

J

JOCELYN NEWMAN

II ELPHIN ROAD. LAUNCESTON. TAS. 7250 TELEPHONE (003) 341755 FACSIMILE (003) 3416:

PARLIAMENT H OU SE. CANBERRA A C T . 2600 (06) 2773660 (06) 27734·

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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 BRIAN HARRADINE

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HOBART 7000

POSTAL ADDRESS:

G.P.O. BOX 896| HOBART 7001

TELEPHONE: HOBART (002) 34 5122 FAX: (002) 34 5865

PARLIAMENT HOUSE

CANBERRA A C T 2600

TELEPHONE CANBERRA (0621 77 7111 LAUNCESTON (0031 31 1064 BURNIE (004) 31 5247

8 October 1991

Mr E Humphery, Secretary, Estimates Committee B, The Senate, Parliament House, CANBERRA ACT 2600

Dear Mr Humphery,

Estimates Committee B Report to the Senate

RESERVATION BY SENATOR HARRADINE

By way of reservation I recommend that the following matters relating to the estimates of expenditure referred to the Committee be further examined by the Senate.

Those subjects for which written answers have been provided, or for which further information is to be provided, including the following specific subject areas relating to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade:

3.2 Human rights and China. 5 AIDAB: Agricultural research; Sub-Saharan Africa; ISSS; Population programmes.

Yours sincerely,

(Senator Brian Harradine)

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 ROBERT HILL LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION IN THE SENATE

SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS

PARLIAMENT HOUSE CANBERRA, A.C.T. 2600 PHONE (06) 277 3170

FACSIMILE (06) 277 3177

Mr E l t o n Hum phrey S e c r e t a r y E s t i m a t e s C o m m itte e B

The S e n a te

P a r l i a m e n t H ouse

D e ar Mr H um phrey,

I r e f e r t o t h e d r a f t r e p o r t o f t h e E s t i m a t e s C o m m itte e B w h ic h

was c i r c u l a t e d p r i o r t o c o n s i d e r a t i o n a t t h e m e e t i n g s c h e d u l e d

f o r 8 O c to b e r 1991 a t 4 :3 0 pm i n S e n a t e C o m m itte e Room 1 S 5 .

By way o f r e s e r v a t i o n , I recom m end t h a t t h e f o l l o w i n g m a t t e r s b e

f u r t h e r e x a m in e d b y t h e S e n a t e :

P o l i c i e s i n r e l a t i o n t o t h e M id d le E a s t p e a c e p r o c e s s

The m u l t i l a t e r a l t r a d e n e g o t i a t i o n s a n d t h e U ru g u a y Round

o f GATT n e g o t i a t i o n s

E v a l u a t i o n o f t h e DIFF m ix e d c r e d i t s sch em e

P ro g ra m c o m m itm e n ts i n S o u th A s ia

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

ROBERT HILL

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ESTIMATES COMMITTEE B

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

NO. 12

WEDNESDAY, 4 SEPTEMBER 1991

THE SENATE

1. PUBLIC MEETING: The Committee met in public session at 1.33 p.m. in Committee Room 2S1. Senator Bums took the Chair.

2. PARTICULARS OF PROPOSED EXPENDITURE 1991-92 AND EXPENDITURE UNDER THE ADVANCE TO THE MINISTER FOR FINANCE 1990-91 - DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE: In attendance - Senator Gareth Evans, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, accompanied by the following officers:

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Mr P Barratt Mr G Wood

Dr A Calvert

Mr R Smith

Mr G Walsh

Mr R Hall

Mr E Delofski

Mr J McCarthy

Mr R Steele

Mr G Forrester

Mr M Hughes

Mr R Starr

Deputy Secretary First Assistant Secretary Americas and Europe Division First Assistant Secretary

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

Public Affairs Division First Assistant Secretary Multilateral Trade Division First Assistant Secretary

Economic and Trade Development Division First Assistant Secretary International Organisation and Legal Division Acting First Assistant Secretary

Disarmament Security and Nuclear Division First Assistant Secretary Corporate Management Division First Assistant Secretary

Systems Programs and Consular Division Assistant Secretary Peace, Arms Control and Disarmament Branch Disarmament Security and Nuclear Division

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Mr I Cousins Assistant Secretary

Nuclear Policy Branch Disarmament Security and Nuclear Division

Mr J Buckley Assistant Secretary

Resources and Evaluation Branch Corporate Management Division

Australian International Development Assistance Bureau

Mr J Holloway

Dr H Ware

Mr E Ingevics

Mr R Stensholt

Mr E Huning

Mr J Russell

Mr L Engel

Mr R Casson

Mr M Proctor

Mr R Barge

Dr G H L Rothschild

Mr C Thurlow

Mr G Rozdarz

Department of Finance

Rilka Macainsh Adrian Moss

Deputy Director General Policy, Planning and Management Division Acting Deputy Director General Country Programs Division Assistant Director General Community Emergency and Refugee Programs

Branch Assistant Director General Appraisal, Evaluation and Sectoral Studies Branch Assistant Director General Financial and Resource Management Branch Assistant Director General Policy Branch Acting Assistant Director General Pacific and Papua New Guinea Branch Assistant Director General International Organisations and Programs

Branch Director Business Cooperation Section Director Finance, Accounting and Management Section Director ACIAR Centre Secretary ACIAR Budget Officer ACIAR

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The Chairman called on the following programs of proposed expenditure for consideration by the Committee. The expenditure proposed for these programs is contained in the particulars of proposed expenditure documents -Program 1 - Bilateral Relations

Program 2 - Trade Relations and Economic Issues Program 3 - Global Issues Program 4 - Public Affairs Program 5 - Aid

Program 6 - Corporate and Public Services

The sitting of the Committee was suspended from 6.27 to 8.02 p.m.

The Committee received the following documents:

Grants paid in 1990-91 AIDAB international financial institutions - estimates of drawdowns 1989/90 - 1999/2000

The Committee concluded its consideration of the proposed expenditure for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, subject to undertakings to provide additional information to the Committee.

3. ADJOURNMENT: The Committee adjourned at 10.54 p.m.

4. ATTENDANCE: Senators Bums (Chairman), Devereux, Hill, MacGibbon and Schacht An apology was received from Senator Newman. Senators Kemp, Knowles and Reid also attended.

CONFIRMED:

Senator B.R. Bums (Chairman)

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ESTIMATES COMMITTEE B

THE SENATE

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

NO. 13

MONDAY, 9 SEPTEMBER 1991

1. PUBLIC MEETING: The Committee met in public session at 7.30 p.m. in Committee Room 2S1. Senator Bums took the Chair.

2. PARTICULARS OF PROPOSED EXPENDITURE 1991-92 AND EXPENDITURE UNDER THE ADVANCE TO THE MINISTER FOR FINANCE 1990-91 - DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE: In attendance -Senator Robert Ray, Minister for Defence, accompanied by the following officers:

Department of Defence

Vice Admiral A L Beaumont Air Vice-Marshall G W Neil

Major General J M Sanderson

Rear Admiral R G Taylor

Air Vice-Marshal M D Miller

Cdre C J Littleton

Brigadier D B Ferguson

Brigadier A S D’Hage

Mr K E Dean

Mr E David

Mr J Rosser

Cdre G S Sloper

Vice Chief of Defence Force Assistant Chief of the Defence Force Personnel Assistant Chief of the Defence Force

Development Assistant Chief of the Defence Force Operations Surgeon General Australian Defence Force Director General

Natural Disasters Organisation Director General Defence Force Plans and Programs Director General Public Information Director

Budget and Financial Services Australian Defence Force Academy Defence Housing Authority Manager

Special Projects and Capital Programs Defence Housing Authority Manager Policy and Plans Director General Defence Force Recruiting

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Col J Benton

Grp Capt A Corlass

Miss L Atkinson

Mr P Skinner

Rear Admiral R A K Walls Mr G J Hansen

Major-General J C Grey Brigadier IG A Maclnnis

Mr M F Taylor

Air Vice-Marshall T W O’Brien Air Cdre F D Cox Mr K Moore

Mr R N McLeod

Mr A G Thompson

Mr F R Harvey Mr R H Sach

Mr A D Powell

Major General S N Gower

Air Vice-Marshal B J Graf

Major General P M Jeffery

Cdre P G V Dechaineux

Mr R K Thomas

Head of Ready Reserve Program Implementation Team Director Defence Force Pay and Allowances

(for DGSC) Director Program Coordination Forces Executive

Assistant Secretary Military Superannuation Benefit Scheme Implementation Team Deputy Chief of Naval Staff

Assistant Secretary Resources Planning Navy Deputy Chief of the General Staff Director General

Coordination and Organisation Army Assistant Secretary Resources Planning

Army A/Chief of the Air Staff A/Deputy Chief of the Air Staff Assistant Secretary Resources Planning Air Force Deputy Secretary

Budget and Management First Assistant Secretary Human Resources and Management Division

Inspector General A/Director Manpower Strategies and Analysis A/Deputy Secretary

Acquisition and Logistics Assistant Chief of the Defence Force Logistics Assistant Chief of the Air Staff -

Materiel Assistant Chief of the General Staff - Materiel A/Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff -

Materiel First Assistant Secretary Capital Equipment Program

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Mr Μ H Ives

Mr D D Wood

Mr G K Tuisk

Mr R Corey

Miss H Storey

Mr A Uzubalis

Mr G Veitch

Dr A Hawke

Mr M Brady

Dr R G Brabin-Smith

Mr J Nockles

Dr R G Ward Mr P Lush

Mr G F Jones

Mr R Tonkin

Mr R Irvine

Mr R B Anderson

Department of Finance

Mr S Salale

Mr S G Somlyay

Mr G D Van Dijk

First Assistant Secretary Facilities and Property Division First Assistant Secretary Industry Policy and Operations

A/First Assistant Secretary Project Development and Communications Principal Advisor Contracting A/Assistant Secretary Logistics Resources Director

Strategic Trade Policy and Operations Director Program Coordination Acquisition and Logistics Deputy Secretary Strategic and Intelligence First Assistant Secretary Force Development and Analysis

Division First Assistant Secretary International Policy Division Assistant Secretary Pacific Branch Chief Defence Scientist Assistant Secretary

Science Corporate Management First Assistant Secretary Resources and Financial Programs Division Assistant Secretary Resources Policy and Programs Director Program Evaluation and Analysis Assistant Director Program Evaluation and Analysis

Chief Finance Officer Defence and Government Division Chief Finance Officer Labour and Culture Division

Senior Finance Officer Defence and Government Division

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The Chairman called on the following program of proposed expenditure for consideration by the Committee. The expenditure proposed for this program is contained in the particulars of proposed expenditure documents -Program 1 - Forces Executive

Questions were placed on notice by Senators Durack and Newman.

The Committee, having completed consideration of Sub-Program 1.5 - Executive Support, suspended its examination of the Department’s estimates.

3. ADJOURNMENT: The Committee adjourned at 11.26 p.m.

4. ATTENDANCE: Senators Bums (Chairman), Devereux, Durack, MacGibbon, Newman and Schacht. Senator Vallentine also attended.

CONFIRMED:

Senator B.R. Bums (Chairman)

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ESTIMATES COMMITTEE B

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

NO. 14

WEDNESDAY, 11 SEPTEMBER 1991

THE SENATE

1. PUBLIC MEETING: The Committee met in public session at 1.33 p.m. in the Main Committee Room. Senator Bums took the Chair.

2. PARTICULARS OF PROPOSED EXPENDITURE 1991-92 AND EXPENDITURE UNDER THE ADVANCE TO THE MINISTER FOR FINANCE 1990-91 - DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE: In attendance -Senator Robert Ray, Minister for Defence, accompanied by the following officers:

Department of Defence

Vice Admiral A L Beaumont Air Vice-Marshall G W Neil

Major General J M Sanderson

Rear Admiral R G Taylor

Air Vice-Marshal M D Miller

Cdre C J Littleton

Brigadier D B Ferguson

Brigadier A S D’Hage

Mr K E Dean

Mr E David

Mr J Rosser

Cdre G S Sloper

Vice Chief of Defence Force Assistant Chief of the Defence Force Personnel Assistant Chief of the Defence Force

Development Assistant Chief of the Defence Force Operations Surgeon General Australian Defence Force Director General Natural Disasters Organisation Director General Defence Force Plans and Programs Director General Public Information Director

Budget and Financial Services Australian Defence Force Defence Housing Authority Manager

Special Projects and Capital Programs Defence Housing Authority Manager Policy and Plans

Director General Defence Force Recruiting

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Col J Benton

Grp Capt A Corlass

Miss L Atkinson

Mr P Skinner

Rear Admiral R A K Walls Mr G J Hansen

Major-General J C Grey Brigadier IG A Maclnnis

Mr M F Taylor

Air Vice-Marshall T W O’Brien Air Cdre F D Cox Mr K Moore

Mr R N McLeod

Mr A G Thompson

Mr F R Harvey Mr R H Sach

Mr A D Powell

Major General S N Gower

Air Vice-Marshal B J Graf

Major General P M Jeffery

Cdre P G V Dechaineux

Mr R K Thomas

Head of Ready Reserve Program Implementation Team Director Defence Force Pay and Allowances

(for DGSC) Director Program Coordination Forces Executive

Assistant Secretary Military Superannuation Benefit Scheme Implementation Team Deputy Chief of Naval Staff

Assistant Secretary Resources Planning Navy Deputy Chief of the General Staff Director General

Coordination and Organisation Army Assistant Secretary Resources Planning

Army A/Chief of the Air Staff A/Deputy Chief of the Air Staff Assistant Secretary Resources Planning Air Force Deputy Secretary Budget and Management First Assistant Secretary

Human Resources and Management Division Inspector General A/Director Manpower Strategies and Analysis

A/Deputy Secretary Acquisition and Logistics Assistant Chief of the Defence Force Logistics Assistant Chief of the Air Staff -

Materiel Assistant Chief of the General Staff - Materiel A/Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff -

Materiel First Assistant Secretary Capital Equipment Program

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Mr Μ H Ives

Mr D D Wood

Mr G K Tuisk

Mr R Corey

Miss H Storey

Mr A Uzubalis

Mr G Veitch

Dr A Hawke

Mr M Brady

Mr J Nockles

Dr R G Ward Mr P Lush

Mr G F Jones

Mr R Tonkin

Mr R Irvine

Mr R B Anderson

Department of Finance

Mr S Salaie

Mr S G Somlyay

Mr G D Van Dijk

First Assistant Secretary Facilities and Property Division First Assistant Secretary Industry Policy and Operations A/First Assistant Secretary Project Development and

Communications Principal Advisor Contracting A/Assistant Secretary Logistics Resources Director Strategic Trade Policy and Operations Director Program Coordination Acquisition

and Logistics Deputy Secretary Strategic and Intelligence First Assistant Secretary Force Development and Analysis

Division Assistant Secretary Pacific Branch Chief Defence Scientist Assistant Secretary Science Corporate Management First Assistant Secretary Resources and Financial Programs

Division Assistant Secretary Resources Policy and Programs Director Program Evaluation and Analysis Assistant Director Program Evaluation and Analysis

Chief Finance Officer Defence and Government Division Chief Finance Officer Labour and Culture Division Senior Finance Officer Defence and Government Division

The Committee resumed its examination of the Department’s estimates.

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The Chairman called on the following programs of proposed expenditure for consideration by the Committee. The expenditure proposed for these programs is contained in the particulars of proposed expenditure documents -Program 1 - Forces Executive,

commencing with Sub-Program 1.6 - Natural Disasters and Civil Defence Program 2 - Navy Program 3 - Army

Program 4 - Air Force Program 5 - Strategy and Intelligence Program 6 - Acquisitions and Logistics

Program 7 - Budget and Management Program 8 - Science and Technology

The sitting of the Committee was suspended from 6.27 to 8.02 p.m.

The Committee received the following documents:

. Answers to questions taken on notice at 9 September hearing; and . FIMAS ENCOUNTER - computer facility.

Questions were placed on notice by Senators Durack, Newman, Kemp and Vallentine.

The Committee concluded its consideration of the proposed expenditure for the Department of Defence, subject to undertakings to provide additional information to the Committee.

3. ADJOURNMENT: The Committee adjourned at 11.40 p.m.

4. ATTENDANCE: Senators Bums (Chairman), Devereux, Durack, MacGibbon, Newman and Schacht. Senators Colston, Tambling and Vallentine also attended.

CONFIRMED:

Senator B.R. Bums (Chairman)

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ESTIMATES COMMITTEE B

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

NO. 15

TUESDAY, 8 OCTOBER 1991

THE SENATE

1. MEETING: The Committee met in private session at 4.45 p.m. in Senate Committee Room 1S5. Senator Bums took the Chair.

2. CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES: The Minutes of meetings held on 4, 9 and 11 September 1991 (Nos 12, 13 and 14) were confirmed.

3. ADOPTION OF REPORT: The Committee resolved that the Chairman’s draft report be adopted as the report of the Committee, subject to the inclusion of a new section on the LAV25 and amendments suggested by Senators Durack and Newman which were agreed to by the Committee.

4. ADJOURNMENT: The Committee adjourned at 5.04 p.m.

5. ATTENDANCE: Senator Bums (Chairman), Senators Devereux, Durack and Newman. Apologies were received from Senators Hill, MacGibbon and Schacht.

CERTIFIED CORRECT:

Senator B.R. Bums (Chairman)

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E stim ates C o m m ittee B

TABLE OF CONTENTS TO H ANSARD

Index to issues raised during public hearings held on 4, 9 and 11 September 1991.

Page No.

DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE 4 SEPTEMBER 1991

Program Performance Statements - Structure 2-12

PROGRAM 1: BILATERAL RELATIONS

1.1 Relations with Asia Relations with Taiwan and China Airlines agreement with Taiwan 12-13

Airline agreement between Taiwan and France 13

Policy on ministerial visits to Taiwan 13-14

One China policy 14

Australia-Asia Airlines - aircraft routes 14

1.1.1 North Asia Democratic People's Republic of Korea -Nuclear safeguards 14

Japan -Australia's lead role in the International Atomic Energy Agency 14-15

Multi-function polis 15

Republic of Korea -Management of our relations 15-16

Protected Korean markets 16-17

Professional economic group 17

Priority protection related to Japan 17-18

Chemicals and the market 18

J.L2 East Asia Hong Kong -Australia's interests and policy 18

Joint trade committee 20-21

Taiwan horticultural and beef market 19

Vietnam -Commercial Relationship 19-20

Resumption and scale of aid 21-23

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UN operations in Cambodia 23

Study of economic integration in southern China 21

1.13 South East and South Asia Indonesia -Illegal fishing in Australian waters 23-24

Report of possible visit by Prime Minister 24-25

Trade difficulties with Malaysia 25-26

Burma -Sale of aircraft parts to Burma 27

Sale of military equipment to Burma 27-28

Economic sanctions 28

The Sri Lankan conflict 29

East Asian trade group - EAEG 30

ASEAN PMC Security dialogue and the role of the ASEAN PMC 31-33

1 3 Relations with the Americas and Europe Directing Australia's relations with the Americas and Europe 33-34 Canada and canned fruit 34

Free trade agreement between Canada and the US 34

Trade balances 34-35

Export Enhancement Program 35-36

13.1 Americas Key countries in Latin America and closer relations 36

1 3 3 Western Europe Attitudes towards Andriessen assurance Uruguay Round Australian government keeping records on Europe and dumping

of subsidised produce on the Australian market Mr Brian Burke - Purchasing of duty free cars Personal phone calls

Procedures in place for tightening diplomatic security Termination payment and deductions Sale of the cars Itemised telephone accounts in relation to diplomatic

posts in Copenhagen and Madrid Cars in relation to the Senior Executive Service

13 Relations with South PaciGc, Africa and the Middle East Nauru and Timor Gap 51-52

Australian relations with Fiji 53

Military intervention in Thailand 53-54

Relationship between Taiwan and the South Pacific Forum 54

Restoration of PNG Government services in the North Solomons Province 54

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38-43 & 45-46 43-45 & 46-49 45 49- 50

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PNG and the security treaty with Australia 54-55

1 3 3 Africa and the Middle East South Africa -Obtaining visas 55-56

Political prisoners and exiles 56

The ANC and a meeting in New Delhi 56-57

Sanctions and a interim govemment/constitution negotiation 57-58 Middle East -Ministerial contact with the PLO 58-59

Direct air link with Israel via EL A1 59

Live sheep trade 59-60

Removal of Syrian troops from Lebanon 60-61

PROGRAM 2: TRADE RELATIONS A N D ECONOMIC ISSUES

Z1 Multilateral Trade Issues US requirement on local content in media advertising - GATT 61

2 2 Economic and Trade Development Issues National trade strategy 61-62

2 2 2 Trade Strategy Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation 62

PROGRAM 3: GLOBAL ISSUES

3.1 International Peace and Security Issues Voluntary/assessed contributions to UN peacekeeping groups 62-63

3.1.1 Intelligence and Defence The structure and details of Intelligence and Defence Unit 63-64

Counter-terrorist response 65

3.12 Peace, Arms Control and Disarmament Chemical weapons convention 65-66

Peace Park in Canberra 66

Indian Ocean Centre for Peace Studies in W.A 66

Peace Research Centre at ANU 66-67

Williamsburg Conference 67

3.13 Nuclear Policy Nuclear test ban treaty project 68-69

UNESCO project grant 69

Human Rights Fund 69-70

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3 3 International Political, Social and Legal Issues

33.1 International Political and Social Issues 1 7 ? Environment and Antarctica 3323 Treaties and Sea Law 33.4 International and General Legal Issues Commission on Narcotic Drugs 70

Antarctic Treaty system in relation to Australia and Germany 70-71 Restructuring of US drug agencies at UNGA45 and reforming the World Summit for Children 71

ICCPR - opposition to the death penalty 72

PROGRAM 4: PUBLIC AFFAIRS

4.1 Parliamentary Liaison Role of Public Liaison Section 72

Morale of departmental lawyers 72-73

Briefing for Ministers for Question Time 73

Networked computer system 73

Parliamentary liaison office 77-78

4 3 Media Liaison

4 3 Public Information Strategies -Outposting of public affairs officers in relation to enhancing promotions 73

Public affairs programs in North Asia 74

Video material in relation to South East Asia 74

4.4 Cultural Relations Overseas Cultural Relations budget 74-75

Australia Abroad Council 75-76

Pilot centre in Manila 76

PROGRAM 5: AID

AIDAB -Money directed to university companies 78-79

Projects that the university companies are engaged in 79

Audit procedures/subcontractors and university companies 79 Financing the Indonesian bridge management system 79-80

China evaluation team 80-81

General evaluations of aid projects 81-82

Sector review on population 82-84

Mekong River bridge Program of $50m for India and Pakistan

84-86 86-87

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Treaties on development cooperation for India and Pakistan 87

Success of the ASEAN-Australia cooperation program 87

Population problems in Kiribati and Tuvalu 87

Modem IUD availability in China 87-88

5 3 Global Programs Austrlian commitments to the Asian Development Fund 88

Problems with multilateral banks not giving loans to Vietnam 88 Asian Development Bank 88-89

Effectiveness of mixed credits provisions 89-91

The cost of humanitarian assistance in relation to the medicine for the students on the Burmese-Thai border 91

PROGRAM 6: CORPORATE A N D PUBLIC SERVICES

Foreign Affairs and Trade - moving premises in Canberra 52

6L2 Corporate Services Updating outdated work practices 91

Negotiations with the Australian Journalists Association 91-92

Prevention of fraud 92-93

63 Overseas Support Services Locally engaged staff 93-95

New posts 95

6 3 3 Security Threats and risk to departmental officers overseas 95-96

Subsurface radar 96-97

PROGRAM 7: AUSTRALIAN SECRET INTELLIGENCE SERVICE

New world order - $25m increase for ASIS 97

Cosing Comments

Statements by Senator Evans and Senator Hill relating to future of reference before Finance and Public Administration Standing Committee 97-98

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE - 9 and 11 SEPTEMBER

OVERVIEW

Minister's opening statement 100-101

Estimates documentation presentation 101

Force structure review: Personnel reduction 102-104

Ready Reserve 104

DRSR savings 105

DLRP savings 106

CLAE 106

Outturn dollars 106

Exchange rate 106

Northem/Westem naval bases 106-107,110

Evaluation of key principles 107-108

Social justice: Women in combat related areas 108

CREWET 108-109

Career development for women 109-110

Intellectual disability access program 111

Female SES officers 111-112

Tier 1 position contracting 112

PROGRAM 1: FORCES EXECUTIVE

Effect of key performance indicators 113

Transfer of functions - resultant personnel increase 113

Planning guidance paper 113

Counter disaster management training 113-114

1.1 Operations & Plans Operations sustainability 114-115

NORCOM - geographic responsibility 115

CNN 115-116

Kangaroo 92 - local involvement 116

7-2 Military Strategic and Force Development Military priorities 116

LAV25 acquisition priority 117-120

Ml 13s 119-120

Ready Reserve: Determinations 120

Costing method 120-121

Auditor-General costing 121-123

HF Radio rationalisation 123

13 Personnel Equivalencies review 123-125

Manpower savings 125

Inspector-General's report 125

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Recruiting review 125

Hard Lying/Sea-Going Allowance 126

Reserve Forces: Flying Allowance 126

Part-time employment review 126

Senior officers redundancy process 126

ADF Academy graduation rate 127

Recruitment: Shortfalls 127

Project RECRUIT 127-128

Ready Reserve 128

Direct 128-129

Activities and working hours review 129

Management initiated early retirement 130

1.4 Health Policy and Services HIV testing 130-131

1.5 Executive Support Program presentation 131

Tri-service legal service 131

Director of Public Prosecutions 131-132

Achievement of goals 132-133

CESRF Chairman 132

Civilianisation: Manpower savings 133-134

Man-day availability 134-135

Warehousing 136,137-138

Productivity 136

Efficiency scrutiny unit 136

SERVF INMAN 4 137

Career opportunities 138-139

Combat implications 139-140

Logistics 140

Contracting 140-141

1991 work bans 141

Senior personnel 142-143

Ready Reserve: Legislative implications 143-144

Planned readiness level 144-145

Advertising campaign 145-147

Employer support scheme 147

1.7Public Information Objective and strategies 152-153

Ethnic community contact 153

Strategy evaluation by consultants 153

I S Defence Housing Home loan assistance scheme - transition 154-155

Tindal: variations to contract 155

Darwin area requirements 155

Capital works: indicative cash flow 156

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Second-hand housing 156

PROGRAM 2: NAVY

Program presentation 156,158

Operational program availability 156-158

Coastal minehunters 158

2 1 Combat Forces Salary comparison 158

LADS program 158-159

2 2 Executive HMAS Encounter - computer 159,172-173

2 3 Logistics Support Fremantle: General rights agreement 159-161

Access 161-162

HMAS Nirimba transfer to Cerberus 162-163,164

New training facility 163-164

Cerberus health facilities 164

Technical training 164-165

Submarine refit: Progress 165-166

Facilities upgrade 166

Contract 166-167,171-172,175-176

Emergent work 168-169

Macquarie Bank report 167

Debt to equity ratio 167-168

ADI-NED operations 169-171

Jervis Bay 173-175

PROGRAM 3: ARMY

Sustainability 176

ABCA activities 176

3.1 Combat Forces Chinooks 176-178

Preparedness levels 178-179

Training 179-180

Battlefield mobility 181

Black Hawks 181

Caribou 182

Aircraft serviceability 182

Nomad accident 182

Pilatus Porter 182-183

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3.2 Executive Plan MADONNA 183

ADF profile in community 183-184

Financial reporting 185

Townsville high range training facility 185-186

Duntroon Health Centre 186-187

AUSMIS 187-188

CESRF: ACTU representative 188-189

Army Reserve Advisory Council: ACT U representative 189

Darwin 189-190

UN forces: Western Sahara, Cambodia 190

3-3 Base Logistics Fleet availability 190-191

Enoggera 191-192

Living-out allowance 192

Accommodation preparation 192

Manpower and costs rationalisation 193

Ammunition supply 193-195

16 Air Defence Regiment 195,196-197

Ready Reserve training 195

Puckapunyal tank squadron 1%

Regular unit transfer to Ready Reserve 1%

Rapier modification 197

49 Battalion RQR 197-198

3.4 Individual Training Army technical training review 198-199

Land warfare doctrine review 199

University regiments 199-201

Staff reductions 201-202

3_5 Support Perentie fleet maintenance 202

Operational standard 202-203

Night fighting enhancement 203

Body armour 203

RMC graduates 203

PROGRAM 4: AIR FORCE

VIP Fleet 203-204

National Air and Space Museum 204-205

SOLANIA patrols 205

33 Squadron air refuelling 205-206

4.1 Combat Forces Exercise Cope Thunder 206

Exercise Pitch Black 206-207

Base security 207

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4L2 Executive Pilot surplus 208

Health service 208-209

RAAF Curtin: School of the Air 209

Leave travel entitlements 209

VIP flight costs: Inspector-General 209-210

CAA air space control program 210-211

VISSIM 211

UK Recruiting Officer 211-212

4 3 Logistics T56 engine maintenance 212

F/A-18 212

C130 fleet maintenance 212-213

P3C Orion 213

Cocos Island accident 213

Aerospace Foundation of Australia: airshows 213-215

F/A-18: engine forward compressor case 215-216

4.4 Training CT4 underfly 216

RAAF/RNZAF: cooperative pilot and navigator training 216

PROGRAM 5: STRATEGY & INTELLIGENCE

North West Cape 216-219

Civilian staff increase 219

SES staffing 219

5-2 New Major Investment PARARE 219-220

5 3 Intelligence Staff numbers 220

Over-the-horizon stations 220

5.4 Defence Cooperation Expenditure increase 220

Indonesia 220-221

Papua New Guinea agreement 221

PROGRAM 6: ACQUISITION & LOGISTICS

Value Management Program 221

SES staffing 221

Defence sales representatives 221-222

Tender competition 222-224

6.1 Major Capital Equipment COLLINS Qass submarines contract 224

ANZAC Ships 224,236

Minehunter Project 224-225

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LAV25: selection program 225-231

Vehicle procurement 229-230

RAVEN project 231-233

Communication equipment 233

DISCON project 233-236

6L2 Facilities Maribymong and Albion closures 236

Cockatoo Island Dockyard closure 237

Zetland sale 237-238

63 Logistics Commercial support project 238

6.4 Industry Involvement & Development Projects Defence Industry Development Office 239

Nomad tailplane rectification program 239

ASTA and ADI: Redundancy payments 239-240

Funding 240-241

Public Works Committee Act 240-241

Auditor-General 241-242

Defence Industry Committee 242

PROGRAM 7: BUDG ET & MANAGEMENT

7.1 Personnel and Management SES and colonel equivalent positions 242

Salary increases 242-243

SES salaries 243

Australian Protective Service: cost benefit of two contracts 243-244 Post-separation employment 244-245

Z2 Finance Asset sales 245-246

73 Program Delivery Assessment Fraud control plan 246-247

PROGRAM & SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Electronics research 247

DSTO sales representation 248

8.1 Aeronautical Research F/A-18 fin buffet 249-250

TF30 research program 250

83 Materials Research MRL Scottsdale 249

8 J Weapons Systems Research Project NULKA 250

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&6 Executive Revenue expectations 248

Commercial activity 248-249

Environmental engineering facility 249

Range measurement branch 249

E ST IM A T E S C O M M IT T E E B

List of questions taken on notice during the Committee's consideration of the estimates

DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE:

Senator Date to D ept/

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General MacGibbon 4-9-91/p. 12

1.2 - Relations with Americas and Europe Knowles 4-9-91/p.44

Knowles 4-9-91/p.50

Hill 4-9-91/p.50

Hill 4-9-91/p.50

Hill 4-9-91/p.50

Subject

Exchange rate for budget calculation

Mr Brian Burke - logs of phone calls Comparative totals of telephone accounts for Copenhagen and Madrid Departmental - directions in relation to duty free

purchases Mr Brian Burke - dates of two vehicles purchase purchased Mr Brian Burke - mileage of the two vehicles

13 Relations with South PaciBc, Africa and the Middle East Hill 4-9-91/p.60 Timetable for removal of Syrian troops from

Lebanon

Harradine 11.9.91 4.10.91

Regional approach to the UNCED

Date Received

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3 2 International Political Social and Legal Issues Harradine 11.9.91 Ireland and the CEDAW in relation to abortion

Harradine 11.9.91 Australian delegation to China - briefing papers

Harradine 11.9.91 Bilateral consultations with Indonesia regarding

human rights - situation of workers in Indonesia

4.1 Public Affairs Hill

PROGRAM 5 AID

4.9.91/p.73 Computer network in relation to the Parliamentary, Media Branch and the Public Affairs Division

4.10.91 4.10.91 4.10.91

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MacGibbon 4-9-91/p.78-79 Funds directed to university companies and projects engaged in

MacGibbon 4-9-91/p.80 Indonesian bridge project - problems Hill 4-9-91/p.86-87 India and Paksitan - list of aid projects

Schacht 4-9-91/p.87 South Pacific regional programs

Hill 4-9-91/p.88 Asian Development Fund table of actual

commitments

Harradine 11.9.91 Projects funded under the Development

Education Projects Scheme 1990-91/1991-92

Harradine 11.9.91 Agricultural research funding 1991-92

Harradine 11.9.91 Sub-Saharan Africa - support of activities for

1991-92

Harradine 11.9.91 International seminars support scheme

Harradine 11.9.91 Population sector activities - consultant services

Harradine 11.9.91 China -

family planning policy, abortions, and coercion in population control

3.10.91

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Harradine 11.9.91 Indonesian demographic project - design report

Harradine 11.9.91 Population activities in East Timor in relation to

the World Bank

Harradine 11.9.91 Billings Ovulation Method in relation to IPPF

Harradine 11.9.91 UNFPA population project - PNG

Harradine 11.9.91 Budget of the International Planned

Parenthood Federation

Harradine 11.9.91 Funding for international health programs - iodine

deficiency

5.2 Global Programs Bourne 4.9.91 Woman in Development Fund(WID) - No. of

staff

Bourne 4.9.91 WID - aid allocation

Bourne 4.9.91 WID - government priority

Bourne 4.9.91 WID - staff training

Bourne 4.9.91 WID and the Environmental Assistance Program

(EAP)

Bourne 4.9.91 EAP - population and family planning programs

Bourne 4.9.91 World Summit for Children - Australias'

commitment

PROGRAM 6 CORPORATE AND PUBLIC SERVICES

Short 16.8.91

Short 16.8.91

Short 16.8.91

Grants to trade unions or community groups 1990-91 and outstanding acquittals Research studies and opinion polls 1990-91 Advertising and promotions 1990-91, publications,

videos and television advertisements produced and direct mail campaigns

3.10.91 3.10.91

3.10.91 3.10.91 3.10.91

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Parer 4.9.91 Printing expenses 1990-91

Parer 4.9.91 External printing 1990-91

Parer 4.9.91 Internal printing capacity

Parer 4.9.91 Internal printing - effect of Finance Direction 25F

Kemp 12.9.91 Union officials departmental - employees

4.10.91 4.10.91 4.10.91 4.10.91

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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE:

Note: Number in brackets after the subject is Department o f Defence local question number

OVERVIEW

Newman 9-9-91/p.l05&106 FYDP and DRLP savings (4)

Newman 9-9-91/p.l08 Percentage of women in combat related forces (5)

PROGRAM 1: FORCES EXECUTIVE

1J2 Military Strategic and Force Development Newman 9-9-91/p.l20 M113's replacement^)

Newman 9-9-91/p. 123 Costings for regulars and Ready Reserve (7)

13 Personnel Newman 9-9-91/p. 125 Manpower savings

MacGibbon 9-9-91/p. 126 Hard Lying/Sea-Going Allowance(S) Newman 9-9-91/p. 127 Part-time employment reviews(9)

MacGibbon 9-9-91/p. 127 Graduation timing(10)

Newman 9-9-91/p. 127 Shortfalls in certain categories in each service(ll)

(Further information provided)

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Durack 9-9-91/p.l48 ADFA: Officer cadet training cost(18)

Durack 9-9-91/p.l48 ADFA: Opening courses to civilian students(19)

Durack 9-9-91/p. 148 ADFA: Strategic studies courses(20)

Durack 9-9-91/p. 148 Other strategic studies courses(21)

Durack 9-9-91/p. 148 Strategic studies courses(22)

Durack 9-9-91/p.l48 Entitlements, subsidies and allowances available,

and expenditure(16)

Durack 9-9-91/p.l48 Pet relocation expense allowance(17)

Durack 9-9-91/p.l48 Military bands: scope for reduction(23)

Newman 9-9-91/p. 123 Schools of music: cost, hire of musicians,

recruitment of musicians(24)

Newman 9-9-91 Department of Industrial Relations: ADF

allowances(46)

Kemp 11-9-91 Departmental policy re payments to employees

who are union officials(198)

1.4 Health Policy and Services Newman 9-9-91 ADF Health(43)

1 J Executive support Parer 4-9-91 External printing and print services

expenditure(199)

Durack 9-9-91/p. 123 Geneva protocol requirements(25)

Durack 9-9-91/p.l23 Legal advice to forces on protocols(26)

Durack 9-9-91/p.l23 Legal advisers: peacekeeping operations(27)

Durack 9-9-91/p.l23 Legal advisers to Gulf(28)

Durack 9-9-91/p.l 23 US view on Australian ratification of

protocols(29)

Durack 9-9-91/p. 123 Individual liability under new protocols(30)

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Productivity of servicemen vs civilians (12) Warehousing personnel(13) Civilianisation of warehouse personnel(14) Call out for Navy and RAAF(15) Reserve services: mechanisms to attract(44) ADF Reserve forces(47) Expenditure on certain items(104)

Assessment on implications of Geneva Protocol(31) Students at Mt Macedon College(32) States' contribution to NDO(33) NDO involvement in Kangaroo 92(34)

UN disaster reduction decade recommendations(35) AIDAB approach to Defence(36)

Ready Reserve program: public information programs(37) Public opinion polls on defence issues(38) Contributions to Defence Public Relations(39) ADF unit responsibility for public relations(40) Public Relations Strategy and Plan(41)

DPR civilianisation/commercialisation(42) Private consultants: public relations strategy and plan(45)

Date Received

2-10-91 2-10-91 11-9-91 4-10-91

2-10-91 8-10-91 2-10-91

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1.9 Defence bousing Newman ll-9-91/p.l54 Revocation of DSH entitlements and

correspondence with Department of Veterans' Affairs(48)

Tambling ll-9-91/p.l56 Cash flow: indicative planning(49)

Newman 11-9-91 Personnel entitlement to DSHL(80)

PROGRAM 2: NAVY

Vallentine

2.1 Combat Forces

11-9-91 Activity levels for maritime combat forces pre-

Gulf(184)

MacGibbon ll-9-91/p.l59 LADS program(50)

Durack 11-9-91 Maintenance of Sea Kings(107)

Durack 11-9-91 Ready Reserve use(108)

Durack 11-9-91 Helicopter carrier(109)

Durack 11-9-91 Inter-ship communication by HF

communications( 110)

Durack 11-9-91 Special stock replenishment at sea (lll)

Vallentine 11-9-91 Exercises K92 and RIMPAC 92: dates(185)

2.2 Executive Newman 11-9-91/p. 173 HMAS Encounter. $1000 expenditure on

computer(51)

Durack 11-9-91 Review of submarine arm(112)

Durack 11-9-91 Collins class base at Stirling(l 13)

Durack 11-9-91 Navy Writers(114)

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Date Received

2 3 Logistics Support MacGibbon ll-9-91/p,166 Durack 11-9-91/p. 169

Durack ll-9-91/p.l75

Durack 11-9-91

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PROGRAM 3: ARMY

Vallentine ll-9-91/p.l76

Newman 11-9-91

Newman 11-9-91

Newman 11-9-91

Newman 11-9-91

3.1 Combat Forces Newman ll-9-91/p.l79

MacGibbon ll-9-91/p,182 MacGibbon ll-9-91/p.l83 Durack 11-9-91

Durack 11-9-91

Durack 11-9-91

Otama refit(53) General rights agreement(52) Relocation to Newington depot: cost Lady Gowrie House(115) Retention of commercial vehicle fleet(l 16)

Implementation of Repair Authorisation Service(117) Purchase of hotels at Cairns(118) Relocation of Newington depot to Jervis Bay(119)

ABCA activities: 1990-91, 1991-92(54) Evaluation of 6 capability objectives(Sl) Achievement of readiness objectives(82) Army Individual Emergency Reserve(83) Australian Cadet Corps as recruiting base for

ARA and ARES(84)

Training days allocations and usage(55) Aircraft serviceability standards(56) Pilatus Porter withdrawal(57) Rifle Company, Butterworth, Malaysia: cost(120) Continued presence at Butterworth,

Malaysia(121) Performance measurers for Army Reserve(122)

3-10-91 2-10-91 8-10-91 2-10-91

2-10-91 2- 10-91

3- 10-91

2-10-91

2-10-91 2-10-91 2-10-91 2-10-91

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2-10-91

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Date Received

Durack 11-9-91 Cost of disposal of Mirage aircraft to

Pakistan(123)

Durack 11-9-91 Blackhawk availability(124)

3 3 Executive Vallentine 11-9-91/p. 184 ARES Commissioning course and Executive Stretch exercise(58) MacGibbon ll-9-91/p.l86 Dotswood Station EIS: tender process,

competition(59)

MacGibbon 11-9-91/p. 186 Duntroon Health Centre(60) Newman ll-9-91/p.l89 CESRF and Army Reserve Advisory Council:

ACTU representative(61)

Durack 11-9-91 Travel: introduction of new equipment(125)

Durack 11-9-91 Plan MADONNA(126)

Durack 11-9-91 Profile of ARES(127)

Durack 11-9-91 Tri-service training in certain areas(128)

Durack 11-9-91 Review of cadet movement(129)

Durack 11-9-91 Painters and decorators(130)

Durack 11-9-91 Catering supervisors(131)

3 3 Base Logistics MacGibbon 11-9-91/p. 191 Long haul transport fleet(62) MacGibbon 11-9-91/p. 195 Ammunition and weapon theft(63) Newman 11-9-91/p. 196 Ready Reserve units(64)

MacGibbon ll-9-91/p.l97 16 Air Defence Regiment upgrade(65) Durack 11-9-91 Privatisation of commercial vehicle services(132)

Durack 11-9-91 Minimum levels of capability(133)

Durack 11-9-91 Direct Unit Purchasing(134)

2-10-91

2-10-91

3-10-91

2-10-91

2-10-91 2-10-91

2-10-91 2-10-91 2&4-10-91 2-10-91 2-10-91 2-10-91 2-10-91

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3.4 Individual Training Durack ll-9-91/p.l99

Durack 11-9-91

Durack 11-9-91

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Durack 11-9-91

Durack 11-9-91

Durack 11-9-91

Durack 11-9-91

3.5 Support MacGibbon ll-9-91/p.203 Vallentine 11-9-91

Vallentine 11-9-91

PROGRAM 4: AIR FORCE

MacGibbon ll-9-91/p.206

4.1 Combat Forces Durack 11-9-91

Durack 11-9-91

Durack 11-9-91

Durack 11-9-91

Army technical training review(66) Costing and timing for training of certain officers(135) ADFA: cost of education of officer cadet(136) ARES commissioning course(137)

Redevelopment of Army Maritime School at Chowder Bay(138) Civilian recognised qualifications(139) Training of helicopter pilots at Canberra(140)

Military police: single service basis(141)

Body armour: type (67) Army and ADF involvement in DACC and DFACP(186) Copies of Defence Instructions (General) for

DACC and DFACP(187)

B707 Refuelling(68)

Flying hours(142) Support for naval force(143) Operational aircraft availability(144) Percentage availability of air to air refuelling

group(145)

Date Received

2-10-91 4-10-91

2- 10-91

3- 10-91

2-10-91

2-10-91 2-10-91 2-10-91

2-10-91 2-10-91

2&3-10-91

2-10-91

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Durack 11-9-91

Durack 11-9-91

Durack 11-9-91

Durack 11-9-91

Vallentine 11-9-91

4.2 Executive Newman ll-9-91/p.209

Durack 11-9-91

Durack 11-9-91

Durack 11-9-91

Durack 11-9-91

Durack 11-9-91

Durack 11-9-91

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Durack 11-9-91

Vallentine 11-9-91

4.3 Logistics Newman ll-9-91/p.215

Durack 11-9-91

Durack 11-9-91

Durack 11-9-91

Durack 11-9-91

Subject

F ill overhaul and maintenance facility(146) Time scale for lead-in trainer(147) Upgrades to airlift capability(148) New Zealand Air Force: lead-in training(149)

Exercise Cope Thunder: alternative site(188)

Travel leave entitlements(201) RAAF officer to UK for recruiting(150) Expenditure for overseas recruitment ,program(151) RAAF Roulettes expenditure per annum(152)

Mirage sale: Training arrangements(153) Mirage sale: Cost incurred(154) RAAF Commercial Support Program Directorate: staffing(155)

Introduction of commercialisation(156) Commercialisation opportunities for industry(157) Tier One implementation(l58)

Mirage sale: Final net dollar outcome(189)

F/A-18: engine forward compressor case: manhours, cost, timing(69) Commercial vehicle fleet(l59) RAAF Fairbairn: military police radios(160) C130E aircraft: expected life( 161) Caribou: operational capability(162)

Date Received

2-10-91 2-10-91 2-10-91 2-10-91 2-10-91

9-10-91 2-10-91 2-10-91

2-10-91 2-10-91 2-10-91 2-10-91

2-10-91 2-10-91 2-10-91 2-10-91

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Senator Subject Date to D ept/ Hansard Page No.

4.4 Training Durack Durack Durack Durack Durack Durack

11-9-91 11-9-91 11-9-91 11-9-91 11-9-91 11-9-91

Civilian pilot training(163) Strike Reconnaissance force: Ready Reserve(164) RAAF catering courses(165) RAAF tailors(166) RAAF cinema operators(167) RAAF steward: duties(168)

PROGRAM 5: STRATEGY & INTELLIGENCE

Newman

5 3 Intelligence Vallentine Vallentine

ll-9-91/p.219

11-9-91 11-9-91

North West Cape: civilian staff increase(70)

Kojarena: Operational date(190) Kojarena: timing and budget(191)

5.4 Defence Cooperation Vallentine 11-9-91

Vallentine 11-9-91

PROGRAM 6: ACQUISITION & LOGISTICS

Newman ll-9-91/p.221

6.1 Major Capital Equipment MacGibbon ll-9-91/p.225-228

DCP figures(192) DCP increase(193)

Colonel equivalent staffing(71)

Durack 11-9-91

LAV25 trial: report, tyre type, mileage, turret weight(72) Collins class submarines: air independent propulsion system(169)

Date Received

2-10-91 2-10-91 2-10-91 2-10-91

2-10-91 2-10-91

2-10-91

2-10-91 2-10-91

2-10-91 2-10-91

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2-10-91

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Subject

Durack 11-9-91 PC9 problems(170)

Durack 11-9-91 Sonar trials on Rushcutter minehunters(171)

Durack 11-9-91 Submarine project delays(172)

Durack 11-9-91 Project DISCON(173)

Durack 11-9-91 Jindalee project(174)

Vallentine 11-9-91 Submarine project delays(194)

Vallentine 11-9-91 Project DISCON delays(195)

6 3 Facilities Newman ll-9-91/p.237 Maribyrnong and Albion closures: cost

breakdown(73)

Newman ll-9-91/p.237 Cockatoo Island dockyard closure: cost

breakdown(74)

Durack 11-9-91 RAAF buildings and land in Tasmania(175)

Durack 11-9-91 RAAF properties in Victoria(176)

Durack 11-9-91 Beaumaris house maintenance^77)

Durack 11-9-91 RAAF properties: use by Air Training Corps(178)

Durack 11-9-91 Sale of property stock used for Air Training

Corp(179)

Durack 11-9-91 Formation relocation to Darwin(lSO)

6 3 Industry Involvement & Contracting Vallentine 11-9-91

Vallentine 11-9-91

Missile Technology Control Regime(196) Amendments to Customs (Prohibited Exports) Regulations(197)

Date Received

2-10-91 2-10-91 2- 10-91 3- 10-91 2-10-91 2-10-91 2-10-91

2-10-91

2-10-91

2-10-91 2-10-91 2- 10-91 3- 10-91 2-10-91

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Received

6.4 Industry Involvement & Development Projects Newman

Newman Newman Newman Newman Durack

Durack Durack

ll-9-91/p.239

ll-9-91/p.242 11-9-91 11-9-91 11-9-91

11-9-91 11-9-91 11-9-91

Defence Industry Development Office: functions in NT, Queensland and Western Australia(75) Defence Industry Committee(76) ASTA contracts(85) Pacific Aviation contracts(86) Hawker de Havilland contracts(87) ADI negotiations with Governmental)

Report on Defence Procurement in 1992(182) Publication of Defence Industry Book(l83)

PROGRAM 7: BUDGET & MANAGEMENT

2-10-91

2-10-91 4-10-91 4-10-91 2-10-91 2-10-91

2-10-91 2-10-91

Short 18-8-91

Short 16-8-91

Short 16-8-91

Newman 11-9-91

Newman 11-9-91

Newman 11-9-91

Newman 11-9-91

Newman 11-9-91

Newman 11-9-91

Newman 11-9-91

Newman 11-9-91

Newman 11-9-91

Newman 11-9-91

Grants to trade unions/community groups 1990-91(1) Commissioning of research studies/opinion polls 1990-91(3)

Advertising or promotional projects 1990-91(2) Departmental newsletters(88) Rent paid by Department(89) 1990-91 advertising budget: breakdown(90) DMPLS(91) Trade union representation within Department(92) Comcar expenditure 1990-91(93) Cabcharge expenditure 1990-91(94) Provision of personal cars to personnel(95)

Production of films and videos(96) Airline guest lounge fees(97)

2-10-91

2-10-91

8-10-91 2-10-91 2-10-91 4-10-91 2- 10-91

3- 10-91

2-10-91 2-10-91 2-10-91 2-10-91 2-10-91

Senator Date to D ep t/

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Newman 11-9-91

Newman 11-9-91

Newman 11-9-91

Newman 11-9-91

Newman 11-9-91

Newman 11-9-91

Newman 11-9-91

Newman 11-9-91

Newman 12-9-91

7.1 Personnel and Management Newman ll-9-91/p.243,244

Newman ll-9-91/p.245

PROGRAM 8: SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Subject

Inspector-General evaluations(98) Savings identified by Management Audit(99) Topical management issues on civilianisation and contracting(lOO) Central Defence database for manpower(lOl) Defence courses and workshops(102) Copy of evaluation on ADF living-in

accommodation and Defence Force recruiting(103) 1990-91 expenditure for DNATS(105) 1990-91 travel allowance(106) Defence Fraud Control Plan review(200)

Australian Protective Service: cost benefits of two contracts, establishments protected(77) Post separation employment: three consultancies(78)

Date Received

2-10-91 8-10-91 2-10-91

4-10-91 2-10-91 2-10-91

2-10-91 2-10-91 2-10-91

2-10-91

2-10-91

8.1 Aeronautical Research MacGibbon ll-9-91/p.250 TF30: Pratt & Whitney(79) 2-10-91

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ESTIMATES COMMITTEE C

REPORT TO THE SENATE

October 1991

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Report to the Senate

Index to Hansard of public hearings

Minutes of Proceedings

Appendix 1 - List of questions on notice:

Department of the Arts, Sport, the Environment, Tourism and Territories

Appendix 2 - List of questions on notice:

Department of Social Security

Appendix 3 — Reservations

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ESTIMATES COMMITTEE C

Report to the S en ate

Estimates Committee C presents its report to the Senate.

Introduction

1. On 22 August 1991 the Senate referred to the Committee:

(1) That the particulars of proposed expenditure in relation to the Parliamentary Departments in respect of the year ending on 30 June 1992, the particulars of proposed expenditure for the service of the year ending on 30 June 1992 and the particulars of certain proposed expenditure in respect of the year ending on 30 June 1992 be referred to estimates committees for examination and report.

(2) That expenditure under the Advance to the Minister for Finance for the year ended 30 June 1991 be referred to estimates committees for examination and report prior to its consideration in committee of the whole.

(3) That the committees consider proposed expenditure and departmental expenditure under the Advance to the Minister for Finance in the estimates committee groupings agreed to by the resolutions of the Senate of 9 and 10 May, 11 September 1990 and 13 February 1991.

(4) That the committees report to the Senate on or before 9 October 1991.

(5) 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 - 4, 9 and 11 September.

(b) Committees D, E and F - 5, 10 and 12 September, and

(c) if required, on such other days as determined by the

committees.

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The Departments relating to Estimates C are:

• The Department of the Arts, Sport, the Environment, Tourism and Territories;

• The Department of Social Security.

2. The Committee met on 4, 9 and 11 September to examine the Estimates of these Departments. These estimates were considered with the assistance of the Program Performance Statements provided by the Departments and tabled on 22 August 1991, and by draft copies of annual reports provided by both Departments.

The Committee received explanations of the estimates from the Minister for Social Security, Senator the Hon. G.F. Richardson and Senator the Hon. M.C. Tate, Minister for Justice and Consumer Affairs; and from officers of the relevant Departments and authorities.

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. 1 (1991-92) and Appropriation Bill No. 2 (1991­

1992). A copy of all questions on notice is at Appendices 1 and 2. Written answers to questions taken on notice during the Committee's hearings will be tabled separately in the Senate.

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ISSUES

1. General

1.1 Annual Reports

The Committee note its appreciation of Departments' forwarding copies of draft annual reports to assist in the consideration of Program Performance Statements1, especially given that the Estimates program was brought forward.

DEPARTMENT OF THE ARTS, SPORT, THE ENVIRONMENT, TOURISM AND TERRITORIES (4 September, 9 September)

1. Structural Adjustment Funding - Wet Tropics (pp. 19-24) (Sub-program 6.4)

Concern was expressed about the funding available for structural adjustment projects in the wet tropics area of Northern Queensland. The phrase 1 up t o " in respect of amounts of money available for projects had led to an expectation of considerably more funding than actually expended on short and

long-term projects.

The Minister undertook to provide further information about this matter when available.

2. Ravenshoe Mill (Sub-program 6.4)

The possibility of an ex-gratia payment being made in order to satisfy creditors, was raised (pp. 26-27). While the Minister referred to earlier decisions not to make such a payment, he undertook to raise the issue again with the Portfolio Minister (p. 27).

3. Magnetic Keys (Sub-program 6.9)

Several issues were discussed in respect of the incomplete marina project at Magnetic Keys, including the nature of the insurance policy entered into by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and the apparent shortcomings of this policy (pp. 61-65, 114).

1 Department of Social Security annual reports were provided on 27 August 1991, replaced with a new version on 28 August 1991; DASETT reports were provided on 2 September 1991.

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Additional information on the m atter was provided by the Secretary of DASETT, Mr Blunn (at p. 114) and further information was provided in answers to questions on notice.

4. Social Justice - Geographic Equity (Sub-program 1.1, 1.3)

The Committee considered that Departments and statutory authorities/non statutory bodies needed to be more pro-active in ensuring an equitable distribution of funds to less populated/more remote areas (pp. 74, 80-82).

5. Antarctic — Antarctic Monuments (Sub-program 2.1)

The Secretary of the Department undertook to obtain a detailed critique of work being done on Antarctic monuments, particularly Mawson's Hut (p. 102).

6. Secrecy provisions of Legislation — (Sub-program 5.5)

On the basis of a recent opinion provided by the Australian Government Solicitor (No. 4001, tabled in the Senate on 16 August 1991) Senator Crichton-Browne requested further information on the position of the Australian Sports Drug Agency with respect to s.67(3) of the Australian

Sports Drug Agency Act (1990). The Secretary of DASETT declined to comment at that time on the grounds of requiring legal advice on the opinion (p. 170).

DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SECURITY (11 September)

7. Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) — Reports (Sub-program 1.1, Program 4, Sub-program 5.3)

The Committee examined the ANAO report on the Department of Social Security. The issues discussed, in particular the ANAO's position that policy decisions could be challenged if it was perceived that desired outcomes could not be achieved, raise interesting issues vis-d-vis the role of ANAO reports in

identification of policy and management practices. The Department agreed that the ANAO could have a role in commenting on policy issues but believed this role was one in which the Department should not be directly involved (p. 258).

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8. Non-aged persons in nursing homes — rate of pension/benefit

(Sub-program 2.1)

The Minister undertook to examine the situation of persons in nursing homes who would receive a lower rate of pension because of their age but who might still be subject to nursing home fees based on the adult pension rate plus rent assistance (p. 227).

9. Inter-Departmental Programs/Funding Arrangements (Sub-program 3.2)

The Committee noted difficulties of Departments in accounting for estimates of likely expenditure made by other Departments through inter-departmental program arrangements, for example, the estimates of child care places for the JET Program (p. 266) and the DEBT responsibility for appeals in respect of

Job start Allowance and Newstart (p. 240 and p. 270). This had meant that Departments sometimes were unable to explain the basis of estimates for programs or to answer questions adequately.

In respect of this problem, the Secretary of the Department of Social Security stated:

I suspect that it may well be necessary to have somebody from the other Department present in such discussions. Alternatively, it may be that for these programs it would be taken up in a committee where both aspects, or in

some cases all the aspects, could be covered. It is definitely something that is going to have to be looked at.2

The Committee agrees that this is a useful suggestion.

10. Family Allowance/Family Allowance Supplement (Program 4)

The Secretary of the Department undertook to bring the following apparent inequity to the Minister's attention:

• the situation of people being excluded from Family Allowance Supplement payments because of their income (even when part of that income was to be paid as child support); and

• by contrast, the fact that people receiving child support income did not have this income counted in assessment of their eligibility for Family Allowance Supplement.

2 Transcript o f Evidence, pp. 240-1..

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11. RECOMMENDATIONS

1. The Committee recommends that all questions put on notice and not answered by 8 October 1991 be subject to further examination by the Senate.

2. The Committee recommends that the Senate approves expenditure in accordance with the estimates considered by the Committee.

Rosemary Crowley Chair

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INDEX TO HANSARD

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GUIDE TO CONTENTS FOR HANSARD TRANSCRIPTS OF HEARINGS HELD BY ESTIMATES COMMITTEE C ON 4, 9 AND 11 SEPTEMBER 1991

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4 September 1991

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

PROGRAM 6: ENVIRONMENT Sub-program 6.1: Policy and Program Support

Shark Bay agreement 3

UNCED Conference 3

Defence force land 4

Establishment of Environment Protection Agency 5

Sub-program 6.2: Climate Change and Environmental Liaison

Greenhouse gas emission 6-7

Carbon tax proposal 6

Tasman Institute study on greenhouse targets 8

Greenhouse - Aboriginal information program 8-13

- performance indicators 11

Agri-Koori Management consultants 10

Sub-program 6.3: Environmental Planning

Cape York land use study 13-18

One Billion Trees program 18

Sub-program 6.4: Native Conservation

Queensland Wet Tropics 19, 27-28

Structural adjustment projects 19

- North Queensland program 19

- evaluation 21-22

- program termination 23

Shark Bay project 22, 28

Ravenshoe sawmill 25-28

Pilotage through reef 29

World Heritage - listing of cultural properties 29

- information kits 29

- grants for nominations 35-37

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- Nullarbor Plain listing 37-38

Country link 30, 35

Torres Strait environment study 30

Fraser Island 30-31

Tully millstream hydro-evaluation 31-35

Mimosa Pigra control program 35

Sub-program 6.5: Environment Protection

Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre 38

Environment Protection Agency 39

- relationship to Office of the Supervising Scientist 39, 41

- staffing 39-41, 43

- establishment 39

- funding increase 40

- legislation 42

- statutory authority 43-45

- relationship to ANZECC 43

- priorities and functions 45

Importation of rainforest timber 47

World Environment Day - information package 48

Pesticide strategy 48

Pesticides on Parliament House lawns 48-49

Waste recycling program 49

Grants to ACF and WWF 49

Questions on notice - programs for Aboriginals 51

Office of the Supervising Scientist - review of OSS 51

- relocation costs 52

- administrative expenses 53

- travel costs 53

- Industry Commission report 53-54

Sub-program 6.8: Australian National Parks and Wildlife Service

Draft plan of management - Kakadu National Park 54

- Aboriginal input 55

- control of aircraft movements 55

Draft plan of management - Uluru National Park 55

- issues raised 55

- commercial franchises 56

- film guidelines 56

- climbers 56-7

World Heritage Listing - Kakadu National Park Questions on notice

57

- ANPWS 57-58

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Sub-program 6.7: Australian Heritage Commission

Social justice element 58

Objections to nominations 58

Antarctica - site management 58

Gerroa littoral rainforest 58

Nominations 59

Recycled paper 60

Nominations listing policy 60

Sub-program 6.9: Great Barrier R eef Marine Park Authority

Magnetic Keys tourist development - holding company 61

- development approval 61

- environmental impact assessment 61

- insurance cover 62, 64-65

- financial problems of developer 63

- removal of wall 63

- completion of project 65

- new developer 67

- further environmental assessment 67

PROGRAM 7: TERRITORIES Sub-program 7.1: Policy and Program Support

Implementation of report "Islands in the Sun" 67

Appointment of administrators to Christmas and Cocos Islands 67

Christmas Island - sewerage disposal 68

- sale of properties 69

- VIP travel 69

Sub-program 7.3: Cocos (Keeling) Islands

Taxation revenues 69

Tourism 70

Sub-program 7.4: Norfolk Island

Legislation - social justice and equity principles 70

Environmental issues 71

Sub-program 7.5: Jervis Bay

EIS on defence land 71-72

Bowen Island 72

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Sub-program 7.6: Other Territories

Ashmore Reef - illegal landings 72

Sub-program 7.2: Christmas Island

Christmas Island Services Corp - annual report 72

PROGRAM 1: CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT Sub-program 1.1: Policy and Program Support

Functions discontinued 73

Publications 73

Objectives 73

Sub-program 1.2: Arts

Elizabethan Theatre Trust - tax deductions 74

Funding of Australian Opera 75

Funding of NIDA and Australian Ballet School 75

Tax expenditures 75

Artbank 76-78

Trust accounts 76

Report on cultural tourism 76

- commercial-in-confidence material 77

Public lending rights scheme 77

PSA report on sound recordings 78

Australia Council - evaluation 79

Sub-program 1.3: Australia Council

Art-form specific staff units 79

Grants by State 79

Funding imbalance - Queensland 80

Festival funding 80

Chamber music festival 81

Ballarat meeting 82

Funding criteria 82

- multicultural objective 82-83

Writers Grants awards 83

- grant to Louis Deporte 83

Peer group assessment panels 84

Unacquitted grants 84

Booklet on cultural funding in Australia 85

Multicultural Australia program -cost of non-grant activities 85

Grants to Patrick Cranney 85

Policy - investment grants 85-86

Book publishing 86

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State Writers Centres 86

"On Tour Australia" proposal 87

Small grants 87

Visual Arts and Crafts Board - grants 87

Affirmative action 87

Public relations costs 87

Aboriginal arts 88

Gay writing workshop 88

Sub-program 1.4: Film

Australian Children's Television Foundation 89

- broadcast time 89, 91

- funding production 89

Film Australia - national interest program 89

Film Finance Corporation - funding 90

- tax expenditure costs 90

- revenues 90

Anti-dumping action 91

FFC review 92

10BA and 10B review 92

Film Australia 93

Sub-program 1.5: Australian Film Commission

Objectives 93

Marketing of Australian films nationally 93-95

Revenue decline 95

Buy-outs 95

Tax concessions 95

Joint productions 96

Joint ventures with overseas countries 96

Guidelines for development and production investments 96

Sub-program 1.6: Australian Film, Television and Radio School

Contractors - Auditor-General's report 96

Expenditure on professional actors 97

Administrative costs 97

Use of NIDA students 97

Revenue reduction 97-98

Foreign students 98

Sub-program 1.9: Australian National Maritime Museum

Revenues 99

Integrated "tourist" ticket 99

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PROGRAM 2: ANTARCTIC

Scientific research 99

Sub-program 2.1: Policy and Planning

Mawson's hut 100

- site inspection 100

- expenditure on preservation 101

- Dick Smith's comments 101

- historical importance 102

Tourist operations 102

- safety regulations 103

Huskies 103

Sub-program 2.2: Expeditions

Shipping charges 103

Ice pilot 104, 107

Spare parts inventory 104

Vessel "Aurora Australis" 104-106

Vessel "Icebird" 105

- incident during hurricane 106

- cargo lost 107

- compensation 107

Casey base 107

- runway proposal 107

- oil spills 108

Questions on notice

- ANPWS 109

- Cultural Development 109-110

- Environmental program 110-111

- Meteorology 110

- Printing and publishing 111

9 September 1991

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

PROGRAM 1 - CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT Sub-program 1.7: National Film and Sound Archive

Outlays - adjustments 114

Formation as statutory authority 115

Setting priorities 116

Acquisitions policy 116

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Taxation policy re donations 116

Television tapes 117

COMAT program 117

Disposal of material 118

Vulnerable nitrate stock 118

Promotional activities 119

Sub-program 1.8: Cultural Heritage

Question on notice - cost of Aboriginal sub-program 119

Grants to voluntary heritage organisations 119

Sub-program 1.10: Australian N ational Gallery

Review of collection policy 120

De-accession policy 120

Wolfensohn Gift travelling exhibition 120

Major exhibitions 120

Indemnity scheme 121-22

Sale of publications 121

Overseas revenue 122

Re-roofing 122

Air conditioning system 123

Art from USA 123

Waterhouse 124, 129

Regional art galleries 124

Administrative costs 125

Donations 125

Tax expenditures 125

Lending - overseas galleries 126

Tobacco sponsorship 127

Sub-program 1.11: National Museum o f Australia

Questions on notice - Aboriginals' 129

Strategic plan 129

Siting - consultancies 130-31

- Yarramundi Reach 131-132

- old Parliament House site 132

- Aboriginal concerns 133

Vietnamese research fellowship 133

Staffing 134

Lendings 134

Revenues 135

Museum of Political History 135

State of repair old Parliament House 135

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Storage space problems 137

Additional funding 138

Sale of Lancaster bomber 139

Maritime items 139

Women's cricketing memorabilia 140

Tax concessions 140

Disposal program 141

National Air and Space Museum 141

Sub-program 1.12: National Library o f Australia

Capital expenditure programs 141

Sub-program 1.13: National Science and Technology Centre

Review of activities 143

Sponsorship 143-45

Visitation level 143

'Integrated' admission ticket 144

Tourists 144

PROGRAM 4: TOURISM AND INFORMATION Sub-program 4.5: Information and Advertising

Commission members - criminal charges 145

Advertising 146

PROGRAM 5: SPORT AND RECREATION Sub-program 5.1: Policy and Program Support

Co-ordination of programs 146

Olympic Games bid - Sydney 148

- Adelaide 148

Commonwealth Games bid - Brisbane 149

Technical papers on government expenditure on sport 150

Gender and equity issues 151

Sub-program 5.2: Facilities

Breakdown by State 151

Grants 151, 156-7

- criteria for grants 152

- local government 153

Evaluation of program 155

Increased use of facilities 155-56

Target groups 156

Administrative costs 157

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Illawarra sporting facilities 157

Sub-program 5.1: Policy and Program Support

Sport in South Africa 153

Inquiry into sports funding 154

Tobacco sponsorship 154

Export potential of sports' industry 154

Sub-program 5.3: Recreation and Fitness

"Every Body" TV program 157

Fitness programs for blue-collar workers 158

Reports, surveys 158

Sub-program 5.4: Australian Sports Commission

Funding for Sydney bid 158

Review of sports medicine centre 159

Funding for athletes - STEP program 159-162

Funding for coaches 162

Funding - Barcelona Games 163-66

- Seoul Olympics 163-64

Sports Commission 166-7

Staff conferences 167

Australian Sports Foundation 167-8

Sponsorship 168

Funding of shooting organisations 168-69

"Sustain" program 169

Canberra Raiders 169

Oceania Olympic Training Institute 169

East German coaches 169

Sub-program 5.5: Australian Sports Drug Agency

Secrecy provisions of Act 170

Drug hot line 171

Drug testing - cyclists 171-73

- Mr M. Vinnicombe 171-73

Caffeine study 173

Drug testing 173

- number of tests 173

- professional sports 173, 179

- education programs 174

- effectiveness of program 174

Overseas drug testing agencies 174

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Research Customs seizures of drugs Sports tested Facility passes Social drugs International Amateur Athletic Federation Overseas testing Information programs

Policy advice Revenues Annual report - printing delays

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PROGRAM 8: CORPORATE SERVICES AND PORTFOLIO CO-ORDINATION Sub-program 8.2: Departmental Support Services

National Media Liaison Service - administrative costs Questions on Notice - Senator Short

- Senator Baume

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DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SECURITY

PROGRAM 6: CORPORATE AND OTHER SERVICES Sub-program 6.5: Australian Institute o f Family Studies

Membership of the Board 189,190

Studies relating to the cost of raising children 189

Appointments to the Board 190-191

Attendance and remuneration of Board members 190-191

Family Matters - circulation 189,192

Board's priorities and directions - corporate plan 193

Australian Living Standards Study 194,202-203

Domestic violence 194-195

Impact of a consumption tax on living standards 196

Youth suicide rate 197

Impact of the wholesale sales tax 197-200

Locational Disadvantage Study - not undertaken by AIFS 202-203,229

Sub-program 6.4: Social Security Appeals Tribunal (see also pp. 230-231)

Timeliness of submissions to the SSAT 201-202

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PROGRAM 1: INCOME SECURITY FOR THE RETIRED

Resources and staffing 204-205

Sub-program 1.1: Age Pension

Auditor-General's reports 205-206,208,212-214

Review of overseas pensioners 205

Checking of income and assets test 205-206

Quality of medical evidence for the Invalid Pension 206

Eligibility for the Invalid Pension - impairments 206-207

Review of real estate valuations 207-210

Properties with a zero valuation 209-210

Inequity between investment in property and money in the bank - assets test 210-214

Valuation of property criteria for a new pension 211-214

Deeming 213

Age Pension News - circulation 214-215

FISP survey - basis - cost - results 215

Rationale for increase in numbers of FISP officers 215

Role of FISP officers - training 216,276

Impact of CPI index on pensions - review of criteria used 216-217

Increase in retirement age population 217

Age pension trends - assessment 217-218

Independence, 'self help' of age pensioners 218

Pensioner entitlements - Control of incorrect payment and fraud - data matching with the Tax Office 219,220

- income documentation 219

Notification of change to entitlements 220

Improving service to pensioners - trial tele-service type centre 220

Harassment of Social Security staff - suppression of officers' surnames 221-222

Procedure for parliamentarians to make inquiries 222

Department officers liaising with clients 222

Sub-program 1.3: Carer Pension

Expected take-up 222-223

PROGRAM 2: INCOME SECURITY FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES AND THE SICK Sub-program 2.1: Disability Support Pension

Rationale for reduction in staffing for Program 2 203-205

Transfer of sickness benefits to invalid pensions and vice versa 223

Increase in outlays 223

Reclassification of sickness beneficiaries 224

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Access to training, rehabilitation etc. 224-225

Increase of expenditure on sickness benefits - $2.50 pharmaceutical allowance 224

- indexation 224

Analysis of invalid population 224-225

Problems of people of NESB 225

Implementation of disability reform package 225

Inappropriate referral to doctors 225

Take-up rate 226

Monitoring of numbers of people with disabilities in the community 226,228 Assistance to young people with disabilities 226-227

Disability entitlements for residents in nursing homes - problems 227-228

Sub-program 2.3: Carer Pension

Take-up rates 228-229

Australian Bureau of Statistics survey of aged and people with disabilities 228

Interdepartmental study for assistance to carers 229

Sub-program 2.4: Sickness Allowance

Fraud control and incorrect payment 229

Data matching - agencies concerned 229-230

SSAT and AAT - proportion of appeals resolved in favour of the client 230-231

Sub-program 2.5: Mobility Allowance

Number of disabled employed on assessment panel 231

Assessment of client 231-232

Sub-program 2.6: Child Disability Allowance

Evaluation of program - design - strategy 232

Take-up - statistics 232

Increasing awareness of Child Disability Allowance - pilot project in Geelong and South Brisbane 232

Increase in numbers receiving CDA 232

Evaluation of pilot project - modifications 232

PROGRAM 3: INCOME SECURITY FOR THE UNEMPLOYED

Average number of unemployment beneficiaries 1991-92 233

Number on JSA-Newstart 233

Numbers of Departmental officers harassed by clients 233-234

Strategies to reduce staff harassment 233-234

Proportion of unemployed claims not processed within standard processing time 234

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- Newstart Allowance figures 235

- factors accounting for delays 235

Rent assistance for the homeless 235-236

- need for change to legislation 225

- criteria for rent assistance 235

- assistance by welfare agencies 235

- Departmental officers liaising with prospective landlords 235

Increasing uptake of Youth Homeless Allowance (YHA) 235

- numbers on YHA 238

- pilot projects 236-237

- cooperation with DEBT 236

- need for the extension of pilot projects 237

- involvement of State and local authorities 237

- involvement of private enterprise 237

- funding of project at Ardoch Windsor high school 237

Estimate of homeless youth 237-238

Dual payments - CDEP and other allowances 238

Payment of rent assistance and break in the entitlement period 238-239 State payment of fostering allowance - criteria 239

Consultations between Commonwealth and State bodies on fostering allowances 239

Sub-program 3.2: Newstart Allowance

Number of unemployed who have not complied with the Newstart activity agreement 239-240

Coordination between DSS and DEBT concerning JSA and Newstart 240-241

Cross-portfolio information and responsibilities 240-241

Problems of people of NESB 241

PROGRAM 4: INCOME SECURITY FOR FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN

Family Allowance, Family Allowance Supplement (FAS) and Austudy assets test - new provision for testing based on family assets 241-242

- existence of family trusts to minimise earnings 242-243

- expected savings due to new provision 242

- effect location has on the assessment of assets 243

Assessing eligibility to benefits - sharing of information relating to taxable income with the Australian Taxation Office 243-245

- assessing information on the use of proprietary limited company accounts for tax reduction 244

Family Allowance - criteria for hardship provisions 245-246

Effects of maintenance payments on FAS - consideration of payments by non-custodial parent as a deduction for the purpose of being eligible for FAS when supporting a second family 246-247

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- integration of family payments across pension and benefits scheme from 1993 247

- income received by the custodial parent not currently assessed for FAS eligibility 247-248

Time lag between eligibility for FAS and when income drops 248-249 - rationale for 25% decrease rule concerning income 248-249

- affect the 25% decrease rule has on low income earners 249-250

Income and assets test for families 250-251

- assessing value of rural properties 251-252

- application of hardship provisions 252

Rationale for including rent assistance in the integrated family payment 252-253

Number of families eligible under $600,000 assets test but not eligible under $300,000 limit of last year 253

- number that satisfy hardship criteria 253

Difference between available funds test and liquid assets test 253-254 Confirmation of estimate of income and available funds test estimates under the hardship provisions 254

Verification of income estimates through Tax Office 254

Repayment of FA payments received under hardship provisions 255 Number of families eligible for FAS under hardship provisions 255 Income threshold - Health care card eligibility - FAS 255-256

Benefits indexation - average weekly earnings (AWE) 256

Auditor-General's Report - recommendations on administrative matters 256

- efficiency audits and Government policy 257-258

Sub-program 4.2: Assistance for Sole Parents and their Dependent Children

Sole parent reconciliation - notification to DSS Verification of sole parent status Financial assistance for education courses - monitoring

Survey conducted by Roy Morgan Research Centre - tenders

- authorisation for survey - Child Support Evaluation Steering Committee - Child Support Evaluation Advisory Group - objectives and results

Shared custody of children Private child support agreements between parents JET (Jobs, Education and Training) - Funding 1991-92 - Previous Committee concern about child care funding

being returned to consolidated revenue - Child care

- Increased take-up rate - JET advisers

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260- 261

261-262

262-263,265,271 262,265 262,263 271-272

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263-265 261

265-266,269-270

267,269-270 266,268-269 266-267 261,268

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PROGRAM 5: PROVISION FOR SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES

Public housing rents - warranty scheme 272-273

Sub-programs 5.1: Special Benefits

Eligibility for JSA and SA - employment history 273

Minister's power to declare a major disaster 273-274

- cooperation between States and the Commonwealth 274

Increase in recipients of, and expenditure on, special benefits 274-275 - reduction of overlap with other benefits 275

- homeless youth 275

- gender difference in take-up of benefits 275

Act of grace compensation payments 275

Other compensation payments 276

Sub-program 5.2: Assistance to Widowed Persons

Widow B pension - incentives, advisory and training services 276

- FISP 276

- financial advisory skills of staff 276

- job training for pension recipients 276-277

- possible program for recipients 277

Sub-program 5.3: Telephone Rental and Postal Concessions

Telecom rental concessions - value of vouchers 277

- abolition of household income test 277-278

- verification of telecom subscription 278

- fraudulent use of vouchers 278

- Auditor-General's report 278-279

- monitoring the issuing of vouchers 279

- access to telephone concessions - limits 279-280

- possibility of communications allowance for non-subscriber pensioners 280

PROGRAM 6: CORPORATE AND OTHER SERVICES

Computer services - contracting out, 'outsourcing1 280-281,283

- consultants 281

- government policy in outsourcing 281, 283

Submission of tender for DVA computing services 281,284

IDC report on possibilities for integration of DVA pension payments with DSS system 282

ADP audit 282-283

ADP acquisition council 283

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Outsourcing - break-up 284-285

Non-duplication policy of publications 285-286

Cost of the fiftieth birthday celebrations for Department 287-289

Cost of incorporating needs of NESB and ATSI people in publicity campaigns 289

DSS costs in joint publicity campaign of PBS changes 289

Ministerial committee for government information and advertising and OGIA 289-290

Sub-program 6.1: Executive and Corporate Coordination

Access to internal audits 290

Recommendations of internal audits 290

ANAO audit 290

Sub-program 6.2: Management support

Training programs 290-291

Permanent part time work 291

Substantive vacancies - level of 291-292

Staff selection process 292

Australian Government credit card holders 292-293

Electronic mailing facilities 293-294

Access to client mailing list 294

Sub-program 6.2.4: Property and Service Management

DSS building at Tuggeranong - roof colour 294-295

- design error 295

- gymnasium 295-298

- child care facilities 296-297

Sub-program 6.2.5: Legal Services

Beneficiaries tax file numbers 299-300

Privacy Commissioner's comments on data matching activities 299 Misinterpretation of mobile review teams statistics 299

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Estim ates Committee C

Minutes of Proceedings

No. 1

Wednesday, 4 September 1991

Present: Senator R.A. Crowley (Chair) Senator the Hon. T. Aulich Senator M. Baume Senator I. Campbell

Senator the Hon. M. Reynolds

1. Meeting

The Committee sat in private session at 1.35 p.m. in Committee Room 2S3. Senator Crowley took the Chair.

2. Order of Departments to be considered by the Committee

The Secretary noted that Committee members had been advised that the Department of the Arts, Sport, the Environment, Tourism and Territories (DASETT) would be considered first (beginning with Program 6, Environment), followed by the Department of Social Security (DSS).

3. Estimates process

Senator Baume stated that he would like the following to be noted, to be considered at a later time: •

• the short time available for Senators to prepare for Estimates - Program Performance Statements had only been tabled on 22 August, leaving Committee members a week for preparation.

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• that the order of Estimates was changed, with DASETT being considered first. The short notice of this change left insufficient time for proper consideration of material.

• the short notice of the change of order of Departments to be considered. Senator Baume had not been advised until Monday, 2 September.

4. Televising of proceedings

• The Secretary advised that the Committee was scheduled to be televised on 9 September, and that if Committee members agreed to this, a resolution should be passed to this effect. Copies of draft resolutions were distributed.

Agreed, without resolution, that the Committee would consider the matter at a later meeting.

5. Adjournment

The Committee adjourned at 1.45 p.m. to reconvene at 1.50 p.m. in public session.

Confirmed

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Minutes of Proceedings

No. 2

Wednesday, 4 September 1991

Present: Senator RA. Crowley (Chair) Senator the Hon. T. Aulich Senator M. Baume Senator I. Campbell

Senator the Hon. M. Reynolds

Senators Coulter, Macdonald and Tambling sat with the Committee.

1. Meeting

The Committee met in public session at 1.50 p.m. in Committee Room 2S3. Senator Crowley took the Chair.

2. Statement by Chair

Senator Crowley made a statement relating to the Senate's resolution of 22 August 1991 and the procedure to be followed by the Committee in its examination of the Estimates.

3. Particulars of proposed expenditure 1991 -92: Department of the Arts, Sport, the Environment, Tourism and Territories

In attendance - Senator the Hon. G. Richardson, Minister for Social Security, representing the Minister for the Arts, Sport, the Environment, Tourism and Territories. (Senator the Hon. M.C. Tate, Minister for Justice and Consumer Affairs replaced Senator Richardson between 5.00 p.m. and 6.00 p.m.).

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The following officers accompanied the Minister:

Department o f the Arts, Sport, the Environment, Tourism and Territories -

Mr A. Blunn, Secretary

Cultural Development Mr G. Dempster, First Assistant Secretary, Arts, Film and Cultural Heritage Dr K. Daniels, Assistant Secretary, Arts Mr R. Brent, Assistant Secretary, Film

Dr D. McIntyre, Assistant Secretary, Cultural Heritage Ms L. Alway, Director, Public Lending Right

Australia Council Ms L. Esdaile, Acting General Manager Ms D. Temby, Director, Corporate Services

Australian Film Commission Mr T. Burke, Acting Chief Executive Mr R. Neale, Director, Finance and Systems

Australian Film, Television and Radio School Mr T. Jeffrey, Acting Deputy Director School Miss P. Carl, Head of Business Affairs School

National Film and Sound Archive Mr G. Gilmour, Director

Australian National Maritime Museum Mr G. Fry, Deputy Director Mr Q. Howarth, Assistant Director, Corporate Services

Australian National Gallery Mr A. Froud, Assistant Director, Administration Mr K. Munn, Assistant Director, Marketing Ms J. Ford, Financial Manager

National Museum of Australia Ms K. Dal Bon, Director

National Library of Australia Mr W. Horton, Director-General Mr A. Cahill, Assistant Director-General

National Science and Technology Centre Dr M. Gore, Director Ms C. Bee, Acting Deputy Director Mr G. Bullivant, Manager

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Antarctic Mr R. Moncur, Director

Meteorology Dr J. Zillman, Director Mr K. Wilson, Supervising Meteorologist, Long Term Planning

Tourism Mr D. Mazitelli, First Assistant Secretary, Tourism, Sport, Recreation and Information Ms J. Harrison, Assistant Secretary, Tourism Development and Events

Mr R. Spurr, Assistant Secretary, Tourism Policy Mr N. Smail, Assistant Secretary, Office of Government Information and Advertising

Dr B. Faulkner, Director, Bureau of Tourism Research

Australian Tourist Commission Mr. G. Santer, Director, Marketing Operations

Sport and Recreation Mr D. Mazitelli, First Assistant Secretary, Tourism, Sport, Recreation and Information Mr S. Amaudon, Assistant Secretary, Sport and Recreation

Australian Sports Commission Mr J. Ferguson, Executive Director Mr K. Norris, Acting Director, Sports Development Mr R. De Castella, Director, Australian Institute off Sport

Mr B. Hobson, Director, Corporate Services

Australian Sports Drug Agency Mr S. Haynes, Chief Executive

Environment Ms J. Di Sano, First Assistant Secretary, Environment and Conservation Policy Mr N. Quinn, First Assistant Secretary, Environment Protection

Mr R. Pegler, Assistant Secretary, Environmental Planning Dr A. Turner, Assistant Secretary, Nature Conservation Mr I. Carruthers, Assistant Secretary, Climate Change and Education Mr G. Morvell, Director, Environmental Liaison

Mr C. Griffiths, Assistant Secretary, Wet Tropics Ms K. Campbell, Director, Wet Tropics Ms R. Bromley, Acting Director, Climate Change Policy Ms J. Emerton, Director, Finance and Services Co-ordination Environment

Protection Agency Task Force '

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The Supervising Scientist and the Alligator Rivers Region Research Institute Mr B. Fry, Supervising Scientist Dr G. Riley, Deputy Supervising Scientist Mr D Cottom, Manager, Corporate Services

Australian Heritage Commission Dr. M. Pearson, Acting Deputy Director Dr. R. Bruce, Director, Register

Australian National Parks and Wildlife Service Dr P. Bridgewater, Director

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority Mr P. Burgess, Acting Assistant Executive Officer

Territories Ms C. Santamaria, First Assistant Secretary, Corporate Management and Territories Mr G. Early, Assistant Secretary, Territories

National Capital Planning Authority Mr L. Neilson, Chief Executive Mr P. Carmody, Secretary and Manager, Management Division Mr K. Revell, Director, Management Services Branch

Corporate Services & Portfolio Co-ordination Ms C. Santamaria, First Assistant Secretary, Corporate Management and Territories Mr D. Anderson, Assistant Secretary, Portfolio Co-ordination Mr K. Fairbrother, Assistant Secretary, Corporate Operations

The Chair called for consideration of the following programs:

Program 6 - The Environment

Program 7 — Territories

Program 1 - Cultural Development - as follows:

1.1 Policy and program support 1.2 Arts

1.3 Australia Council 1.4 Film

1.5 Australian Film Commission 1.6 Australian Film, Television and Radio School 1.9 Australian National Maritime Museum

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Program 2 — Antarctic

Program 3 — Meteorology

Together the Expenditure in these programs comprised the following divisions: 135, 136, 137, 138, 139, 142, 143, 146, 147, 151, 152, 154, 811, 812, 813.

4. Adjournment

The Committee adjourned at 12.00 midnight on Thursday, 5 September 1991.

Confirmed

Rosemary Crowley Chair

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Estimates Committee C

Minutes of Proceedings

No. 3

Monday, 9 September 1991

Present: Senator RA. Crowley (Chair) Senator K. Patterson Senator M.S. Walters

1. Meeting

The Committee met in private session at 3.10 p.m. outside the Senate Chamber.

2. Televising/broadcasting of proceedings of Estimates Committee C

Members of the Committee present noted that they had no objection to the televising/broadcasting of proceedings, subject to the agreement of other Committee members.

3. Order of Estimates for Social Security

Committee members noted that consideration of the Department of Social Security would begin with Program 6, sub-program 6.4 (Social Security Appeals Tribunal) and 6.5 (Australian Institute of Family Studies). This would ensure that staff from the Social Security Appeals Tribunal and the Australian Institute of Family Studies would be able to return to Melbourne during the afternoon of 11 September.

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4. Adjournment

The Committee adjourned at 3.18 p.m. to reconvene at 7.30 p.m. on 9 September 1991.

(Note: the Senate did not adjourn until 6.07 p.m.).

Confirmed

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Minutes of Proceedings

No. 4

Monday, 9 September 1991

Present: Senator R.A. Crowley (Chair) Senator the Hon. T. Aulich Senator M. Baume Senator the Hon. M. Reynolds

1. Meeting

The Committee met in private session at 7.40 p.m.

2. Televising/broadcasting of p roceedings

Resolved, on the motion of Senator Reynolds:

(1) That the Committee authorises the recording, broadcasting and re-broadcasting of its public proceedings in accordance with the rules contained in the order of the Senate of 23 August 1990 concerning the broadcasting of committee proceedings; and

(2) Without affecting paragraph (1), that the Committee agrees that its public proceedings in Parliament House may be televised by the Sound and Vision Office, using such television cameras as are necessary to achieve reasonable television coverage of the proceedings.

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3. Adjournment

The Committee adjourned at 7.47 p.m. to reconvene at 7.48 p.m., resuming consideration of the Department of the Arts, Sport, the Environment, Tourism and Territories estimates.

Confirmed

Rosemary Crowley Chair

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Estimates Committee C

Minutes of Proceedings

No. 5

Monday, 9 September 1991

Present: Senator R.A. Crowley (Chair) Senator the Hon. T. Aulich Senator M. Baume Senator I. Campbell Senator N. Crichton-Browne Senator the Hon. M. Reynolds

1. Meeting

The Committee met at 7.48 p.m. in Committee Room 2S3. Senator Crowley took the Chair.

2. Statement

The Chair stated that the Committee would return to the examination of Program 1 (Cultural Development), beginningwith sub-program 1.7 (National Film and Sound Archive).

The Chair stated that the Committee had agreed to the recording, broadcasting and re-broadcasting of the public hearing in accordance with the rules contained in the Senate order of 23 August 1990, and to the presence of additional television cameras for the Parliamentary Sound and Vision

Office to facilitate this.

3. Particulars of proposed expenditure 1991-92

In attendance - Senator the Hon. G. Richardson, Minister for Social Security, representing the Minister for the Arts, Sport, the Environment, Tourism and Territories.

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The following officers accompanied the Minister:

Department o f the Arts, Sport, the Environment, Tourism and Territories —

Mr A. Blunn, Secretary-

Cultural Development Mr G. Dempster, First Assistant Secretary, Arts, Film and Cultural Heritage Mr R. Brent, Assistant Secretary, Film Dr D. McIntyre, Assistant Secretary, Cultural Heritage

National Film and Sound Archive Mr G. Gilmour, Director

Australian National Gallery Ms B. Churcher, Director Mr A. Froud, Assistant Director, Administration Ms J. Ford, Financial Manager

National Museum of Australia Ms K. Dal Bon, Director

National Library of Australia Mr W. Horton, Director-General Mr A. Cahill, Assistant Director-General

National Science and Technology Centre Dr M. Gore, Director Ms C. Bee, Acting Deputy Director Mr G. Bullivant, Manager

Tourism Mr D. Mazitelli, First Assistant Secretary, Tourism, Sport, Recreation and Information Ms J. Harrison, Assistant Secretary, Tourism Development and Events

Mr R. Spurr, Assistant Secretary, Tourism Policy Mr N. Smail, Assistant Secretary, Office of Government Information and Advertising

Australian Tourist Commission Mr. G. Santer, Director, Marketing Operations

Sport and Recreation Mr D. Mazitelli, First Assistant Secretary, Tourism, Sport, Recreation and Information Mr S. Amaudon, Assistant Secretary, Sport and Recreation

Australian Sports Commission Mr J. Ferguson, Executive Director Mr K. Norris, Acting Director, Sports Development Mr R. De Castella, Director, Australian Institute off Sport

Mr B. Hobson, Director, Corporate Services

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Australian Sports Drug Agency Mr S. Haynes, Chief Executive

Corporate Services & Portfolio Co-ordination Ms C. Santamaria, First Assistant Secretary, Corporate Management and Territories Mr D. Anderson, Assistant Secretary, Portfolio Co-ordination Mr K. Fairbrother, Assistant Secretary, Corporate Operations

4. Consideration of programs

The Chair called for consideration of the following programs:

Program 1 - Cultural Development

Sub-programs 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13.

Program 4 — Tourism and Information Program 5 — Sport and Recreation Program 8 — Corporate Services and Portfolio Coordination

Together the expenditure in these programs comprised the following divisions: 135, 140, 141, 144, 145, 148, 149, 150, 153, 811, 813.

The Committee concluded its consideration of the proposed expenditure for the Department of Arts, Sport, the Environment, Tourism and Territories, subject to an undertaking by the Minister and Department to provide additional information to the Committee.

5. Adjournment

The Committee adjourned at 1.33 a.m. on Tuesday, 10 September 1991.

Confirmed

Rosemary Crowley Chair

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Estim ates Committee C

Minutes of Proceedings

No. 6

Wednesday, 11 September 1991

Present: Senator R.A. Crowley (Chair) Senator R. Alston Senator K. Patterson Senator the Hon. M. Reynolds Senator M.S. Walters

1. Meeting

The Committee met in public session at 1.50 p.m. in Committee Room 2S3. Senator Crowley took the Chair.

2. Statement by the Chair

Senator Crowley made a statement relating to the Department of Social Security proposed expenditure and the order in which programs would be examined.

3. Particulars of proposed expenditure 1991-92 Department of Social Security

In attendance: Senator the Hon. G. Richardson, Minister for Social Security. The following officials accompanied the Minister:

Executive Mr D. Volker, Secretary Mr J. Bowdler, Deputy Secretary Mr J. Humphreys, National Manager, Operations

Australian Institute of Family Studies Dr D. Edgar, Director

Budget Estimates Ms A. Robertson

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Change Management Ms C. Hogg, Assistant Secretary

Data Matching Mr R. Elmes, Assistant Secretary

Estimates Analysis and Development Mr K. Bender, Assistant Director

Estimates Planning Mr C. Rayment, Assistant Director

Evaluation & Services Mr J. McWilliam, Acting First Assistant Secretary

Family Assistance Policy Mr G. Deeper, Director

Industrial Relations & Personnel Ms S. Ross, Acting Assistant Secretary

Information & Public Relations Mr C. Stewart, Assistant Secretary

Labour Force Programs Dr K. Ogbom, Assistant Secretary

Legal Ms H. Fleming, Assistant Secretary Ms A. Phelan, Acting Principal Adviser

Privacy, Fraud and Control Mr T. Murphy, First Assistant Secretary

Program Deliveiy Mr C. Butel, First Assistant Secretary Mr I. Carnell, Executive Manager

Resource Estimates & Planning Ms F. Howell, Director

Resource Management Mr B. Godfrey, First Assistant Secretary Mr J. Moore, Executive Manager

Resources Ms K. Barfoot, Assistant Secretary

Retirement Programs Mr D. Tune, Assistant Secretary

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Social Policy Dr O. Donald, First Assistant Secretary

Social Work Ms R. Holt, Director

Sole Parent Programs Ms C. Zanetti, Assistant Secretary

SSAT Ms A. Coghlan, National Convenor

Systems Mr A. Law, Acting First Assistant Secretary

4. Consideration of programs

The Chair called for consideration of the following programs:

Program 6 — Corporate and Other Services

Sub-program 6.4 - Social Security Appeals Tribunal Sub-program 6.5 - Australian Institute of Family Studies

Program 1 — Income Security for the Retired Program 2 — Income Security for People with Disabilities and the Sick Program 3 — Income Security for the Unemployed Program 4 — Income Security for Families with Children

Program 5 — Provision for Special Circumstances Program 6 — Sub-programs 6.1— 6.3.

Together the expenditure in these programs comprised the following divisions: 560, 561, 948.

The Committee concluded its consideration of the proposed expenditure for the Department of Social Security, subject to an undertaking by the Minister and Department to provide additional information to the Committee.

5. Adjournment

The Committee adjourned at 12.48 a.m., Thursday, 12 September 1991.

Confirmed

Rosemary Crowley Chair

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Minutes of Proceedings

No. 7

Tuesday, 8 October 1991

Present: Senator R.A. Crowley (Chair) Senator R. Alston Senator the Hon. T. Aulich Senator M. Baume Senator I. Campbell Senator K. Patterson Senator the Hon. M. Reynolds Senator M.S. Walters 1

1. Meeting

The Committee met in private session at 6.20 p.m. outside the Senate Chamber. Senator Crowley took the Chair.

2. Report

Resolved, on the motion of Senator Reynolds, that the amended report of the Committee be adopted.

3. Minutes

Resolved, on the motion of Senator Aulich, that the minutes of meetings 1-6 be accepted.

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4. Adjournment

The Committee adjourned at 6.46 p.m., Tuesday, 8 October 1991.

Confirmed

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APPENDIX 1

ESTIMATES COMMITTEE C

QUESTIONS ON NOTICE - DEPARTMENT OF THE ARTS, SPORT, THE ENVIRONMENT, TOURISM AND TERRITORIES

Senator Subject Hansard Date Answer

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PROGRAM 1: CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT Sub-program 1.2: Arts

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Baume Unsuccessful applications — Register of Cultural Organisations C74

Baume Calculation of grant to Australian Opera C75

Baume Estimate of tax expenditures on arts, donations

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Baume Copy of report on cultural tourism. C77

Crowley Report on cultural tourism - information included C77

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Percentage of grants to Victoria, New South Wales and ACT.

Details of funding for festivals.

Reasons for rejection of funding of chamber music festival (North Queensland).

Writers’ grants awards - were Arabic, Greek and Italian award winners Australian citizens.

Cost of non-grant activities in multi-cultural Australia program.

Number of jointly-funded arts grants.

Grants to P. Cranney.

State writers' centres — function and costs.

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Cost of Dance Summit, ‘ Moving Forward ’.

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Details of affirmative action program.

Cost of ‘Art Force’ newsletter.

Cost and objectives of public relations and promotions activities.

Refusal of grant to Mr S. Barrie

Functions of Aboriginal Arts Committee.

Performance indicators and information on the extent to which Council funding assists ATSIC communities.

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Baume Amounts granted by Council to Aboriginal artists and Aboriginal run organisations 1990-91.

Baume Cost of the Aboriginal Arts Management Association in 1990-91 and breakdown of costs.

Baume Details on function of Management Association. How many are part of Association.

Sub-program 1.4: Film

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Reynolds FFC - proportion of funds for children's programs and number of hours listed as children's television hours.

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Baume FFC — tax expenditure costs and criteria for ‘success’ in film financing.

Aulich Film production in Australia — papers on anti-dumping proposal.

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Documentaries, short films - where and when screened.

Details of measures to improve marketing of Australian films.

Breakdown of cost for support of indigenous media/ estimates for the financial year.

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Sub-program 1.8: Cultural Heritage

Baume Details of programs for Aboriginals and cost of

programs 1990-91 and estimates 1991-92.

Sub-program 1.10: Australian National Gallery

Baume Reasons for increase in roofing costs.

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Baume Outreach program — attendance by state.

Campbell Policy on Rothman's sponsorship.

Campbell Amount of tobacco sponsorship over last five years.

Sub-program 1.11: National Museum of Australia

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Air Museum.

Sub program 1.12: National Library of Australia

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Baume Increase in administrative expenses.

Baume Commonwealth outlays — Brisbane Commonwealth Games bid.

PROGRAM 2: ANTARCTIC Sub program 2.1: Policy and Planning

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Sub-program 2.2: Expeditions

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Calvert Value of cargo lost overboard - ‘Icebird*.

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PROGRAM 3: METEOROLOGY

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PROGRAM 4: TOURISM AND INFORMATION

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Television campaign promoting Australia in Korea. Applications from Korean visitors. Why campaign undertaken when Qantas not started Korean service.

Promotion by ATC of Taiwan, plans for future. International airline charter market, importance for Australian tourism. Britannia Airways charter program.

PROGRAM 5: SPORT AND RECREATION Sub-program 5.1: Policy and Program Support

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Campbell Location of First Eastern Hills Scout Group. C151

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when available - review of data base requirements — by whom and cost - working party on recreation report - by whom

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Sub-program 5.4: Australian Sports Commission

Crichton-Browne STEP Program - ranking of sports and criteria for eligibility.

Crichton-Browne Criteria for funding coaches

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Amounts paid by sporting organisations to ABC for televising international sporting events in Australia and selling rights.

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which organisations received grants, amounts since 1984-85.

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Sub-program 6.2: Climate and Environmental Liaison

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Baume Cost of Agri-Koori management consultancy and co-ordination arrangements. CIO

Campbell How extensive should the Aboriginal information program on greenhouse be. C ll

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Sub-program 6.3: Environmental Planning

Campbell Trees planted on state and regional basis in One Billion Trees Program. C18

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Reynolds Details of SAP evaluation study. C21

MacDonald Cost of Kinhill evaluation project. C22

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Employment of Aboriginal consultants.

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Tambling Uluru plan of management - guidelines for film agencies. C56

Tambling Details of cancellation of French filming at Uluru. C56

Tambling World Heritage listing of Uluru - copy of agreement between NT and Commonwealth Government. C57

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Baume Amount of collection fees from visitors. C57

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Baume Policy on restrictions on access by photographers in Park Management. C57

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PROGRAM 7: TERRITORIES

Sub-program 7.1: Policy and Program Support

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Tambling Cocos Island — number of residents, employment status, C70 26.9.91

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PROGRAM 8: CORPORATE SERVICES

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- Under what program was the grant made - Was any contribution made by the trade union/ community group towards the project and amount involved.

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Were any campaigns undertaken by the Department C184 to direct mail to relevant target groups in 1990-91. If so, what material was distributed, at what cost and how many direct mail items were involved.

Did the Department or its Statutory Authorities C184 commission any research studies and/or opinion polls in the financial year 1990-91. - What was the subject of the research study or

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- Who conducted the research study or opinion poll - Were the projects subject to a tendering process. If yes, how many tenderers were there. If no, how were the successful agencies chosen.

Details of advertising contracts with the Office of C184 Government Information and Advertising in excess of $20,000 in 1990-91. - amount of contract

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Kemp Department's policy regarding associated enterprises, C301

agencies and other organisations, regarding payment to employees who are union officials when they are working on behalf of the union.

Kemp Number of employees on Department's payroll who are C301 full-time union officials, their names, job classification and salaries.

Kemp Employees on the Department's payroll who are part-time C301 union officials, their names, job classification and salaries.

Sub-program 8.2: Departmental Support Services

Baume National Media Liaison Service:

do they accompany Government personnel on overseas trips, telephone bills. capital costs — purchase of equipment etc for

1990 and 1991. who pays their rent.

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APPENDIX 2

ESTIMATES COMMITTEE C

QUESTIONS ON NOTICE - DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SECURITY

Senator Subject Hansard Date Answer

Page No./ Received Date to Dept.

GENERAL QUESTIONS

Social Justice

Patterson Details of the cost of the following programs since their introduction by financial year and estimates since 1991-92: SNAP, ATS I Interpreter Scheme, Community Agents Scheme, Remote Visiting Teams, ATS1 Information Program on Services.

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Patterson Major findings and key recommendations of the evaluations of SNAP and the Remote Visiting Teams and information pertaining to the organisations involved in the evaluation and the cost.

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Patterson Details of the outcomes of the ATSI Interpreter Service and Community Agents Scheme Projects. 5.9.91

Alston Definition of Social Justice the Department works to, who decreed this was the appropriate form of words. 5.9.91

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Remote areas

Tambling Locations of the 94 agents operating in remote areas C301 under the Community Agents Scheme in 1990-91.

Tambling Funding allocated to the Community Agents Scheme in C301 1991-92.

Tambling Which communities in 1991-92 will have this service C301 made available.

Overseas residents

Patterson Number of current pensioners who are resident 5.9.91

overseas.

Patterson How the number of pensioners residing overseas has 5.9.91 changed over the past decade and major reasons for the change.

Patterson Number of people receiving an Australian pension in C205 Greece and number monitored by DSS officer in Athens.

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PROGRAM 1: INCOME SECURITY FOR THE RETIRED

Sub-program 1.1: Age Pension

Patterson Date the AVO published the figure of 85 percent of pensioners real estate being undervalued. C208 8.10.91 8.10.91

Patterson Time lag between AVO announcement and when action C208 was taken.

Patterson Percentage of properties with unrealistically low values. C208

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Walters, Patterson & Crowley

Number of nursing home residents whose home has C209, C210 4.10.91 been given a zero valuation because their home is exempt from the assets test for up to a 2-year period. Include all breakdowns. C210 8.10.91

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Walters Number of nursing home residents awaiting property C210

valuation.

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Patterson Number and proportion of aged pensioners properties valued at under $10 000. C210

Patterson With respect to real estate revaluations what is the net change of the proportion valued by the pensioner and the proportion valued by the AVO.

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Patterson Estimated net savings from the proposed changes to real estate evaluation methods for the purpose of the assets tests for all pensions.

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Patterson Breakdown of real estate valuations by pensioner type. C212

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Patterson Percentage of age pensioners that have their assets C212

reviewed by DSS questionnaire each year.

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Patterson Number of pensioners with a residential investment property valued at a low rate. C214 4.10.91

Alston Details of FISP officers training. C216 8.10.91

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PROGRAM 2: INCOME SECURITY FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES AND THE SICK

Sub-program 2.1: Disability Support Pension

Patterson

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Number of successful new invalid pension claimants 5.9.91 in each of the last five financial years.

Estimated ongoing annual transfer rate from the new 5.9.91 sickness allowance to the new disability support pension.

DSS's estimate of the number of invalid pensioners who 5.9.91 currently have a spouse receiving the wives pension but who would require a carer if they did not have a spouse.

Results of ‘A Survey into Feasibility of Streamlining 9.9.91 the Invalid Pension Admissions *.

Alston Proportion of persons granted the invalid pension in 9.9.91

1990-91 who were examined by a Commonwealth Medical Officer to establish eligibility, provide figures for 1989-90, 1988-89, and in relation to the invalid/ disability support pension what will it be in 1991-92.

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Alston Circumstances under which the disability support/invalid 9.9.91 pension is granted without CMO review.

Alston Is the department aware of any complaints from doctors C222 concerning clients refusal for unemployment benefit.

Walters What happens to 16-21 year olds who enter nursing C228

homes. Will their rate of payment be reduced.

Alston Number of people with impairment levels below C207

20 per cent granted pensions in the last financial year.

Sub-program 2.4: Sickness Allowance

Alston What proportion of the $292 million savings attributed 9.9.91

to 1990-91 Budget initiatives are due to sickness allowees/beneficiaries transferring to the invalid/disability support pension.

Alston Proportion of the through-the-year-average-number of 9.9.91 sickness beneficiaries transferred to the invalid pension in 1988-89, 1989-90, 1990-91.

Alston Expected proportion for the 1991-92 9.9.91

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Alston Number of mobility allowance claimants who had their 5.9.91 11.9.91

allowances cancelled in 1990-91 in WA.

Alston Details of the error and how long was the period 5.9.91 11.9.91

from when DSS first received a complaint that the allowances were being incorrectly cancelled and were then reinstated.

Sub-program 2.6: Child Disability Allowance

Walters Copy of the Child Disability Reform package, including C232 4.10.91

evaluation design and strategy.

PROGRAM 3: INCOME SECURITY FOR THE UNEMPLOYED

Patterson Provide list of the forms filled out by staff concerning C233 4.10.91

verbal abuse.

Alston Are persons involved in the Community Development 5.9.91 11.9.91

Employment Projects Scheme required to supply tax file numbers to DSS or any other government agency to allow eligibility be assessed via data matching.

Alston Due to the liquid assets test, number of persons who 5.9.91 11.9.91

experienced a 4 week wait in 90-91 for: — unemployment benefits — Job Search Allowance

— sickness benefit.

Sub-program 2.5: Mobility Allowance

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Alston Departmental processing targets in relation to C300 4.10.91

unemployment.

Alston Number of people under each of the 5.9.91 11.9.91

sub-programs 2.4, 3.1, 3.2 DSS expects to experience a 4 week wait for: - benefit due to the liquid assets test - likely savings for each sub-program due to the

liquid assets test - estimated aggregate savings.

Alston Number of claimants for benefits under each of the 5.9.91 -

above sub-programs placed on special benefits due to hardship during the liquid assets test 4 week wait for benefits/allowance.

Sub-program 3.1: Job Search Allowance

Alston Number of occasions and circumstances that the Job 9.9.91 -

Search Allowance/unemployment benefit was granted in 1990-91 where DSS was aware that the applicant was unemployed through leaving employment but completed Work Separation Certificates.

Patterson Outcome of the reviews of Aboriginal recipients and 5.9.91 11.9.91

information as to the outcome of ten Mobile Review teams.

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Alston Average duration of receipt of Youth Homeless Allowance.

Sub-program 3.2: Newstart Allowance

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Strategies and initiatives Department has introduced under Newstart to cater for long term unemployment in Aboriginal communities, including cost and estimates.

Has the Department aligned the rates of JSA with Abstudy and if so when.

Performance report for JSA-Newstart.

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Estimated annual cost of dual payments of CDEP wages C238 and JSA or Newstart allowance.

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PROGRAM 4: INCOME SECURITY FOR FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN

Sub-program 4.1.1: Family Allowance

Alston Sums by way of family allowance paid in 1989-90/1990-91 5.9.91 for children in their care to: - approved religious/charitable institutions — approved government institutions for children

in their care.

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Alston Eligibility of family allowance for parents/guardians 5.9.91

of children held in custody in juvenile centres.

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Harradine Percentage of families with dependent children receiving 11.9.91 4.10.91 full/part FAS.

Harradine Details of whether the means test for FAS is more 11.9.91 8.10.91

restrictive than for child care fee relief.

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Subprogram 4.1.2: Family Allowance Supplement

Patterson Strategies and initiatives the Department has 5.9.91 11.9.91

implemented to ensure that those who are eligible for FAS are receiving it and cost involved.

Subprogram 4.2.1. Sole Parent Pension

Alston Duration of Sole Parent Pension payment. 5.9.91 11.9.91

Alston DSS estimate of the savings that would have been 5.9.91 11.9.91

generated in 1990-91 if payments to claimants made under the assets test were also discounted where the claimant received income above the income test threshold form that person's own labour.

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Proportion of sole parent pensioners currently employed. 5.9.91

Percentage of sole parents reconciling with their partners C258 within 12 weeks of claiming the benefit. Percentage of sole parents failing to inform DSS about reconciliation.

Details of eligibility criteria for Employment Entry Payments (EEPs) for sole parent pensioners, how they differ from proposed eligibility criteria for EEPs for disability support pensioners and rationale for

any differences between the two criteria.

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Sub-program 4.2.2: Jobs, Education and Training

Alston

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Proportion of sole parents requiring child-care because C265 they are working as opposed to training.

Special strategies in the JET program aimed at 5.9.91 Aboriginal people, cost in 1990-91 and estimates this financial year.

What proportion of the 32,000 increase in take-up of C265 JET child care is due to more SPPs in the workforce as opposed to in training.

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Subprogram 4.2.3 Child Support Scheme

Patterson

Walters

Patterson

Details on membership of the Child Support Steering Committee.

Formula for shared child custody.

Child support survey — Roy Morgan questionnaire and report.

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PROGRAM 5: PROVISIONS FOR SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES

Sub-program 5.1: Special Benefit

Patterson

Patterson

Alston

Alston

Number of unemployed people aged under 16 years who 5.9.91 are receiving Special Benefits.

Difference between Special Benefit and DSS overall client C274 population over the last 5 years in terms of client numbers and expenditure.

Details of all act of grace payments made in 1990-91. C275

Miscellaneous payments. C276

Sub-program 5.2: Assistance to Widowed Persons

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Patterson List categories of Special Benefits. C277 4.10.91 4.10.91

Patterson Number of Telecom rental concessions incorrectly issued. C279

Sub-program 5.3: Telephone Rental and Postal Concessions

Alston Special beneficiaries who receive telephone rental and 5.9.91 11.9.91

postal concessions: - categories of special beneficiaries who receive such concessions - numbers for each category - cost to DSS in 1990-91.

PROGRAM 6: CORPORATE AND OTHER SERVICES

Outservicing

Alston Total value of services which were out-sourced in 1990-91. C280

Alston Details of all services out-sourced. C284

Alston What sums did the Department pay the AVO during

1990-91 on a State by State basis.

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Publicity campaigns

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Patterson Cost of DSS fiftieth birthday celebrations. C287 4.10.91 4.10.91

Patterson Cost of incorporating NESB and ATSIC into major publicity campaigns. C289

Patterson Breakdown of amount spent per beneficiary on each sub-program of the DSS information program. C289

Patterson Publicity strategies devised specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people, cost involved 1990-91, estimates for this financial year.

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Alston DSS's total advertising budget for 1990-91. 5.9.91

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Age Pension News

Alston Print run for the last issue of Age Pension News. 5.9.91 11.9.91

Alston Total cost of: 5.9.91 11.9.91

- printing the last edition

- distributing last edition.

Alston Total cost of printing/distributing Age Pension News 5.9.91 11.9.91

1990-91.

DVA's contribution to the production/circulation costs of the Age Pension News.

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Organisation responsible for printing the 5.9.91

Age Pension News.

If printing is done in-house on what occasions have 5.9.91 tenderers been called to do the printing, how many tenders each occasion were submitted.

Duplication of resources and material in other C286 departmental publications. Cost of the Age Pension News, edition 10. Difference between the number of copies of C215

Age Pension News being mailed to age pensioners and the total number of copies printed.

List the advertising or promotional projects 20.8.91

DSS or any of its Statutory Authorities has undertaken during 1990-91 and state: - subject of campaign - cost involved

- conduct of campaign - whether the DSS or Statutory Authorities sought advice or the assistance of the Office of Government Information and Advertising,

and if so, what assistance was given - if the campaign was subject to tendering, number of tenders, if not, how the agency

was chosen.

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Short In relation to publications, videos or television 20.8.91

advertisement produced in 1990-91 state: - number of copies produced - cost.

Short Campaigns Undertaken by the DSS to direct mail to 20.8.91

relevant target groups in 1990-91. Details of material distributed, cost and number of direct items involved.

Short Did the Department or any of its Statutory Authorities 20.8.91

commission any research studies and/or opinion polls in 1990/91. In each case state: - subject of the research study or opinion poll - sum involved

- period involved

- who conducted the survey or opinion poll - were the projects subject to tendering - number of tenders, if none, how the successful agencies were chosen.

Short Has the Department or any of its Statutory Authorities 20.8.91

made available or approved any grants to trade unions or community groups in 1990/91. In each case: - name of the trade union/community group which received the funds

- amount granted

- purpose of grant

- program responsible for the grant - contribution made by the trade union or community group towards the project and amounts involved.

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Outstanding acquittals for grants made in 1990/91. 20.8.91 Provide in each case: - name of the organisation - sum involved

- date of grant.

Printing and Publishing 4.9.91

Details of amount spent by DSS or Statutory Authorities on external printing/print services in 1990-91. Of this total how much was: - contracted to and supplied by AGPS - contracted through AGPS to private sector - contracted direct to private sector.

Details on the amount DSS expects to spend on external 4.9.91 printing/print services 1991-92.

If DSS maintains any internal printing, including 4.9.91 photocopiers, state detail the following: - number of photocopy or similar machines, number of sheets printed by them in 1990-91

- number of offset printing presses, number of sheets printed by them in 1990-91 - number of staff/staff years allocated to internal printing services in DSS.

If DSS maintains in-house printing is it aware of 4.9.91 Finance Direction 25F. If so, has DSS undertaken any evaluation of cost maintaining those in-house facilities. If so, state results.

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Alston Details on outlays, and the number of claimants of, 5.9.91

Employment Entry Payments in 1990-91 and 91-92 for: — Newstart allowees — sole parent pensioners — disability support or invalid pensioners.

Corporate wardrobe

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Alston

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Total costs of moves to introduce a corporate wardrobe. 5.9.91

Breakdown of all costs. 5.9.91

Costs incurred during 1990-91 in the attempt to 5.9.91 introduce a corporate wardrobe.

DBS's estimate of the number of staff who will 5.9.91

purchase items from the corporate wardrobe.

Examination by DSS of staff demand for corporate 5.9.91 wardrobe.

Forms unit

Alston Number of standard forms currently used within 5.9.91

Regional Offices.

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Alston Total cost of the operations of the Department's 5.9.91

Forms Unit in 1990-91.

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Alston Details of the occasions in 1990-91 when the Unit

or some other part of the Department on behalf of the Unit called for tenders.

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Travel

Alston Amount spent on Comcar during 1990-91. 5.9.91

Alston Amount spent on Cabcharge 1990-91. 5.9.91

Alston Amount paid to Comcar in relation to the work

performed by the Mobile Review Teams 1990-91. 5.9.91

Alston Amount paid to Comcar in relation to the work

performed by the Remote Visiting Teams in 1990-91. 5.9.91

Alston Amount of travel allowance paid by DSS in 1990-91. 5.9.91

Alston Other costs incurred by DSS in relation to staff

travel in 1990-91.

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CPI indexing

Alston Details of payments made under the Social Security Act not indexed by CPI. 5.9.91

Alston In respect of every payment which was increased in

1990-91 due to CPI indexation, state the full year saving for 1990-91 had that indexation related rise not occurred.

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Overpayments

Alston Number of overpayments raised in 1990-91. 5.9.91

Alston Number due to claimants deliberately providing false or misleading information. 5.9.91

Alston Number of overpayments raised due to DSS's error. 5.9.91

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Alston Number of overpayments in 1990-91: 5.9.91 11.9.91

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— led to prosecutions pending.

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11.9.91 11.9.91 Alston Number of videos produced by or for the Department 5.9.91 for: - use within the Department for training etc. — use by the Department's clients/prospective clients

For each video: — total cost of production/distribution. — number of authorised copies produced. — f i r m s / b o d i e s responsible for producing the

video and was production subject to tendering. - date video first circulated. - subject matter of each video.

Alston In relation to the video DSS Strategic Plan 1990-2000: 5.9.91 11.9.91

— production and distribution cost. — circulation - whose decision was it to make the video. - number of authorised copies produced.

- evaluation undertaken to establish the benefits to staff after viewing it and outcome of the evaluation.

North Australian Development Unit

Alston Details of the specific examples of recommendations 5.9.91 11.9.91

NADU has made since its inception that have been taken into account in the formation/implementation of policy and program delivery for North Australians.

Alston Details of the ways in which NADU influences policy. 5.9.91 11.9.91

Has it ever been wholly or partially responsible for a submission or proposal the Minister has taken to Cabinet.

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Phone accounts

Alston Amount spent on international phone calls by DSS 5.9.91

in 1990-91.

Regional offices

Alston Regional Offices visited in 1990-91 by 5.9.91

- Minister for Social Security - his Parliamentary Secretary.

Patterson Why reports of client aggression are higher in WA/SA. C233

Staff disciplinary action

Alston Nature of the disciplinary action taken against the 5.9.91

seven staff members disciplined during 1990-91 under the Public Service Act who were found to have improperly accessed/disclosed information and nature of offences committed.

Alston For each of the four staff members successfully 5.9.91

prosecuted: — nature of offence committed — nature of the punishment — is the person still employed by DSS — if no to the above, was the person's employment

terminated by DSS for having been found to have committed the offence, and if not, why not.

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Number of social and welfare workers employed by 9.9.91 DSS and numbers of support staff employed.

Cost in 1990-91 of employing DSS social and welfare 9.9.91 workers and associated support staff.

How many and which Regional Offices have more than 9.9.91 one social or welfare worker.

Social Security Advisory Council

Alston What does the Social Security Advisory Council do 9.9.91

which DSS is not doing.

Alston Given that the Council exists to advise the Minister ‘on 9.9.91

issues relating to the development and administration of social security policy ’ does not the Minister's department already provide advice, and if so, what was wrong with the Department's advice necessitating the formation of

this Council.

Alston On each occasion the Council met in 1990-91 9.9.91

state: - agenda

- members who attended - venue

- cost of hiring venue

- catering cost

- travel costs

Social workers

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Alston What working parties associated with the Council were 9.9.91 4.10.91

in existence in 1990-91 and what was the nature of their work.

Alston With respect to each of these working parties: 9.9.91 4.10.91

— membership in 1990-91 - details of meeting dates, agenda, attendance in 1990-91.

International travel

Alston Details of when DSS sent officers overseas in 1990-91. 9.9.91 8.10.91

Alston Nature and purpose of overseas visits in 1990-91, 9.9.91 8.10.91

length of trip and cost of trips.

Mobile review teams

Alston Number of occasions during the last 9.9.91 4.10.91

12 months that mobile review teams visited the Chaelundi State Forest and environs, state the results.

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Women's Consultative Committee

Alston Membership of DSS Women's Consultative Committee 9.9.91 4.10.91 in 1990-91: — basis for appointment — number of meetings — agenda

— venue.

Press clippings

Alston Cost on a monthly basis for 1989-90 and 1990-91 9.9.91 4.10.91

for all press clipping services — circulation — service.

Alston FISP Advisory Group 9.9.91 4.10.91

- names of representatives and their respective organisations on the Group - occasions the Group met in 1990-91 - costs incurred by DSS in relation to the Group's

activities in 1990-91 and breakdown of costs.

Sub-program 6.1: Executive and Corporate Co-ordination

Patterson Does the Department have a policy of redirecting C222 4.10.91

Senators enquires to the Department back to the Minister.

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Alston Payment of airline guest lounge fees and at which

ASO level.

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Alston Amount spent in 1990-91 on membership fees. 5.9.91 11.9.91

Patterson List of the 38 internal audits undertaken by the audit branch in 1990-91, including findings. C290 -

Kemp Total cost to the Department and associated enterprises

and agencies of these employees.

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Walters Provision of staff/client ratios for all major payments. C205 4.10.91

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Union officials

Alston Number of trade unions DSS officers belong and number 5.9.91 of DSS staff who belong to each of these organisations. 11.9.91

Kemp Department's policy regarding associated enterprises, C301

agencies and other organisations, regarding payment to employees who are union officials when they are working on behalf of the union.

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Kemp Number of employees on Department's payroll who are C301

full-time union officials, their names, job classification and salaries.

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Kemp Employees on the Department's payroll who are part-time C301 union officials, their names, job classification and salaries. 4.10.91

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Sub-program 6.2: Management Support

Patterson Total amount spent on training in 1990-91. Percentage of DSS's payroll this represented.

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Patterson Difference between 1989-90, 1990-91 in terms of C300

the total amount spent on training and the percentage of the total payroll this represented.

Patterson Total amount spent and the number of participants in C300 each of the broad categories of eligible training programs - Operational, Public Contact, Self Development, Trainer Development, Professional Staff

Development, Manager Development, Executive Development, Resource Management, Computer programming, Computer Support.

Patterson Proportion of DSS's total staff of 19,460 who received C300 some type of formal training last financial year.

Patterson Proportion of DSS's total ASOl-2 staff receiving some C300 type of formal training last financial year. Extent of the increase when the Structured Training Program for ASO 1-2 in Regional Offices is implemented.

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4.10.91 Patterson Number of DSS staff who took part in DSS's National Management Development Program last financial year. Cost of conducting this program last financial year.

C300

Patterson Number of staff who took part in DSS's Machinery of Government Program last financial year. Total cost of conducting this program in the last financial year.

C300

Patterson Number of staff who took part in the National Client Service Training Program last financial year. Total cost of program.

C300

Patterson Number of staff who took part in the Client Awareness Training Program last financial year. Total cost of this program.

C300

Patterson Number of staff who took part in the Financial Management System related training last financial year. Total cost of program.

C301

Alston Payment of HECS charges by DSS for staff in 1990-91. 5.9.91

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4.10.91

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Sub program 6.2.1: Work Environment Management

Patterson Major findings and recommendations of the study on 5.9.91 11.9.91

employment barriers for ATSI staff and initiatives implemented.

4.10.91

4.10.91

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11.9.91

11.9.91

Patterson Cost of initiatives to date. 5.9.91

Patterson Employment rate of ATSI people in DSS. 5.9.91

Baume Details of the cost associated with the National 4.9.91

Management Skills Program for ATSI staff in 1990-91 and estimates for this financial year and nature of the program.

Sub-program 6.2.3: Financial Management

Patterson Location of the 291 card holders of the AGCC. C292

Sub-program 6.2.4: Property and Services Management

Crowley

Alston

Alston

Alston

Comparison of the survey response to gymnasiums as C298 apart from child-care.

Rent paid by DSS in 1990-91. 5.9.91

Expected figure for 1991-92. 5.9.91

Details for 1990-91 and 1991-92 of number of, 5.9.91 and rent costs for: - Regional offices - Unemployment offices - Area offices

- Local offices.

Alston Amount of dead rent DSS paid in 1990-91. 5.9.91

11.9.91

11.9.91

4.10.91

4.10.91

11.9.91

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11.9.91

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11.9.91

Sub-program 6.2.5: Legal Services

Patterson

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Breakdown of overpayments identified during last 5.9.91 11.9.91 two financial years according to benefit type.

Breakdown of overpayment recoveries made over 5.9.91 11.9.91 the last two financial years according to benefit type.

Breakdown of the number and value of overpayments 5.9.91 11.9.91 identified during the first six months operation of the data matching program according to benefit type.

Sub-program 6.4: Social Security Appeals Tribunal

Walters Details of AAT cases resolved in clients favour. C201

Sub-program 6.5: Australian Institute of Family Studies

Alston

Alston

Patterson

List of current board members, remuneration C188 4.10.91

entitlements, dates of meetings, attendance.

Who were the external evaluators in the C194 4.10.91

planning seminar in February 1991.

Estimated cost of the Australian Institute of 5.9.91 11.9.91

Family Studies study of comparative infrastructure needs in advantaged and disadvantaged local government areas.

11.9.91

11.9.91

11.9.91

4.10.91

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Patterson Local government areas chosen as samples for this study. 5.9.91

Patterson Program for the release of papers, reports and results from this study. 5.9.91

Reynolds Report on the cost of raising children. C189

Walters Remuneration of board members. C191

Walters External evaluation on the work of the board. C194

Walters Study on homeless families for the Hanover Centre. C195

Walters Youth suicide rate — comparison with other countries. C197

Alston Details of remuneration arrangements for AIFS Board members. C199

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

SEN ATO R RICHARD ALSTON

Shadow Minister for Social Security. Child Care and Retirement Incomes

7 O c to b e r 1991

M s P a u l i n e M o o r e

S e c r e t a r y , E s t i m a t e s C o m m itte e C

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E s t i m a t e s C o m m itte e C r e l a t i n g t o t h e e s t i m a t e s o f e x p e n d i t u r e

f o r p ro g ra m s 2 t o 6 o f t h e D e p a rtm e n t o f S o c i a l S e c u r i t y ,

e s t i m a t e s w h ic h w e re r e f e r r e d t o t h e C o m m itte e , b e f u r t h e r

e x a m in e d b y t h e S e n a t e .

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

RICHARD ALSTON S e n a t o r f o r V i c t o r i a

Shadow M i n i s t e r f o r S o c i a l S e c u r i t y ,

C h i ld C a re a n d R e t i r e m e n t In c o m e s

Canberra Office:

Parliament House. CANBERRA ACT 2600 Phone (06) 277 3605 Fax (06) 277 3308 PRINTED O N RfCrCLED PAPER

Electorate Office:

2/17 Market Street BOX HILL Vic 3128 Phone (03) 890 5177 Fax (03) 890 7375

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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

Dear Dr Moore

SENATOR MICHAEL BAUME SENATOR FOR n e w SOUTH WALES

The Answers on Notice which I wish to be further examined by the Senate relate to the following programs:

1 .3 A u s t r a l i a C o u n c il

1 .4 F ilm

1 .5 A u s t r a l i a n F ilm C o m m issio n

1 .7 N a t i o n a l F ilm a n d S ound A r c h i v e

1 .1 0 A u s t r a l i a n N a t i o n a l G a l l e r y

2 A n t a r c t i c D i v i s i o n

5 .2 S p o r t s F a c i l i t i e s

5 .4 A u s t r a l i a n S p o r t s C o m m issio n

6 E n v iro n m e n t

MICHAEL BAUME

CANBERRA. A.C.T.

THE SENATE

Secretary Senate Estimates Committee C

By way of reservation I recommend th at the following matters be further examined by the Senate. 1

1. Questions relating to the Community Sports Funding Program

2. Grants to voluntary conservation groups

3. World heritage listing of the Nullabor and Shark Bay

4. Matters relating to the sitin g o f the National Museum

8 October 1991

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

SENA10R Ν Ο Π CRICHTON (IRQWNE s e n a t o r t o r w e s t e r n a u s t RAI ia

8 October 1991

Mra Pauline Moore Secretary Estim ates Committee C The Senate Parliament House CANBERRA ACT 2600

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SI MAR I I N S I O W E R

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" 8 OCT W1 ESTIMATES COMMITTEE

Dear Mrs Moore

By way of reservation I recommend that the Senate further consider the activities of the Department o f Arts, Sport, The Environment, Tourism and Territories relating to sport.

Yours sincerely r "TJ J~

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Noel Crichton-Browne SENATOR FOR W A

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SENATOR KAY PATTERSON

SENATOR FOR VICTORIA

PARLIAMENT OF AUSTRALIA · THE SENATE

3 October 1991

Dr Pauline Moore Secretary Senate Estimate· C Parliament House CANBERRA ACT 2600

Dear Pauline

By way of reservation, I re w end that the attached m a t t e r s

which were brought to the Committee's attention in relation to its examination of the estimate· of expenditure for the Department of Social Security be further examined by the Senate.

Tours sincerely

(Dr) Kay Patterson Senator for Victoria

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RKSKKVATTOHS IK RKIATIOW TO DSS ESTIMATES - S: 3ER 1991

1. Any areas of questioning in which the department or the Minister undertook during the hearings to provide me with answers on notice.

2. Real estate valuations for the purposes of the pensioner assets test.

3. The number of transferees fro· sickness benefits to the invalid pension.

4. The applicability of the Disability Ref ora Package to current invalid pensioners.

5. The nost efficient way in which the Senate estimates

process can deal with progress which go across several

portfolios (eg. the Mews tart reforms).

6. The differences between a liquid assets test and an

available funds test.

7. The effect that the 1991 Budget changes in the FAS income threshold and Health Care Card eligibility for FAS recipients will have on the continuity and equity of fringe benefits entitlement for FAS recipients.

8. Areas of administration and/or government policy which the department contends should be excluded from examination by the Australian national Audit Office.

9. The use of public and selective tenders by DSS.

10. The survey of the Child Support Scheme undertaken by the Roy Morgan Research Group.

11. The Telephone Rental Concession Scheme.

12. Expenditure on training programs for DSS officers.

13. Collection of tax file numbers and conduct of computer date-matching by DSS.

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PARLIAMENT OF AUSTRALIA · THE SENATE

SENATOR GRANT TAMBLING S E N A T O R F O R T H E N O R T H E R N TER R ITO R Y

S H A D O W M IN ISTER F O R R E G IO N A L D E V E L O PM E N T .

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Secretary Estimates Committee C Parliament House CANBERRA 2600

Dear Sir

By way of reservation I recommend that the following be the subject of further debate in the Senate:

Arts, Sport, Environment, Tourism and Territories

Program 6.5

- Environmental Protection - Environmental Protection Agency and the Office of the Supervising Scientist (Hansard 4/09/1991 - C39 and C44)

Yours sincerely

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/SENATOR FOR THE NORTHEF TERRITORY

8 October 1991

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

PARLIAMENT HOUSE CANBERRA ACT 2600 TEL: (06) 277 3680

FAX: (06) 277 3679

Ms Pauline Moore Secretary Estimates Committee C Parliament House

CANBERRA ACT 2600

Dear Ms Moore,

SENATOR SHIRLEY WALTERS SENATOR FOR TASMANIA

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MARINE BOARD BUILDING I FRANKLIN WHARF GPO BOX 7C-0H. HOBART 7001 TEL: (002) 34 1409

FAX: (002) 31 0904

8 October 1991

By way of reservation I recommend th a t the following matters arising from the Committee's consideration of the appropriations for the Department of Social Security on 11th September 1991 be subject to further consideration by the Senate:

Subprogram 2.1, Disability Support Pension; and

Subprogram 6.5, Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Yours sincerely,

Shirley Walters Senator for Tasmania.

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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 IAN MACDONALD

I IFSERAI SENATOR ( OR QUEENSLAND

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By way of reservation I recommend that the following matters be further examined by the Senate.

1. Payments actually made under the Structural Adjustment Package referred to in Sub-Program 6.4 and mentioned at Senate Estimates Hansard, page C 2 0 .

2. In the same Program I wish to raise the question of the sale of the timber mill at Ravenshoe referred to in the Senate

Estimates Committee Hansard at page C 2 5 .

3. I also wish to raise under the same Program the question of whether the Senate Minister, Senator Richardson, has yet again raised again with the Minister, Mrs Kelly, the question of ex- gratia payments which were referred to at page C27 of the Senate

Estimates Hansard.

4. Under the same Sub-Program, I wish to raise the question of allocation of monies provided by the Commonwealth for

compensation on the World Heritage Listing of the Fraser Island and Great Sandy Region areas, referred to in the Senate Estimates Hansard at page C30 and C31.

5. Under the same Sub-Program, I wish to raise the results of a detailed analysis to be done by the commonwealth of the report by the Queensland Government into the Tully Millstream Hydro Electricity extension, which analysis had been stalled because

of the inability of the Commonwealth authorities to meet with the Queensland authorities and to receive information from them, referred to at pages C34 and C35 of the Senate Estimates Hansard.

Although I attended the meetings of Senate Estimates Committee C, I have not been advised of the date by which reservations

should be forwarded.

Yours faithfully

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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

SE NATOR MICHAEL BAUME SEN A TO R FO R N E W S O U T H W ALES

MEB:jr S H A D O W M I N I S T E R F O R T H E A R T S , H E R I T A G E S P O R T A N D Y O U T H A F F A I R S

1 October, 1991

Dr Pauline Moore Secretary-Estimates Committee "C"

Dear Dr Moore

ATTENTION MR PETER SHORT

I recommend that the following m atters relating to the estimates of expenditure referred to in Estimates Committee C be further examined by the Senate:

1. The role of the Environmental Protection Agency in line with the letter I submitted to the Chairman on 11 September 1991.

2. The appropriateness of having the funding of the National Media Liaison Unit through DASETT but its administration through DAS, so that no questions relating to the purposes of the DASETT

appropriations could be pursued through our Committee

3. Funding of the Australian Olympic Team for the 1992 Barcelona Games and of the Adelaide bid for the 1998 Commonwealth Games

4. Details of Revenue and Expenditure of the Film Finance Corporation

5. Delays in presenting Annual Reports of Departments to Parliam ent

6. Replies to Questions on Notice

7. The role of tobacco advertising in arts and sport

Yours sincerely

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ESTIMATES COMMITTEE D

REPORT TO THE SENATE

October 1991

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ESTIMATES COMMITTEE D

REPORT TO THE SENATE

Estimates Committee D presents its report to the Senate.

Introduction

1. On 22 August 1991 the Senate referred to the Committee, for examination and report, the Particulars of Proposed Expenditure for the Service of the Year Ending on 30 June 1992, the Particulars of Certain Proposed Expenditure in respect of the Year Ending on 30 June 1992 and the Advance to the Minister for

Finance for the Year Ending on 30 June 1991 in respect of the following portfolios:

• Administrative Services

• Employment, Education and Training

• Immigration, Local Government and Ethnic Affairs

2. The Committee has considered these estimates for the year ending 30 June 1992 and the Advance to the Minister for Finance, for the year ending 30 June 1991, together with the Program Performance Statements and has received evidence from the Minister for Administrative Services (Senator the Hon. Nick Bolkus),

and officers of the departments and authorities concerned. Copies of the minutes of proceedings are appended to this report; the Hansard reports of the evidence taken by the Committee are tabled for the information of the Senate in connection with the Appropriation Bill (No.l) 1991-92 and Appropriation Bill

(No.2) 1991-91 Further written explanations furnished by departments will be tabled when received, in volumes entitled Additional Information.

3. The Committee draws the attention of the Senate to the following matters which arose during consideration of the Estimates:

Administrative Services Portfolio

4. It has become customary for the Committee to focus on the programs and subprograms which have lately come to operate through trust accounts. The Committee's concern about the operation of trust accounts has been noted in two of its most recent reports, its unease prompted by the possibility that the

increased use of trust accounts would remove from the Committee the ability to scrutinise these programs.

5. In the past the Committee has noted the assurances of the Minister that these concerns were unnecessary: that to the extent that disclosure of commercial

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transactions allowed, portfolio enterprises would be, in future, as much open to committee scrutiny as before. The Committee at its most recent hearings was pleased to consider a detailed statement from the Minister relating to operating subsidies, loan facilities and rental rebates as they applied to DAS business service trust accounts.

6. This was the first Budget estimates hearing at which section 41D unaudited profit and loss statements were made available to the Committee for its deliberations, following the offer made by the Department during the Senate Standing Committee on Finance and Public Administration's hearing on 1 November 1990 into estimates committees documentation and procedures. Certain inconsistencies were noted between the 41D statements and the Program Performance Statements, given the earlier finalisation date of the latter. The difficulties were

compounded by the fact that corrigenda were also provided to the Program Performance Statements. The Committee commends the efforts which the Department has put into the provision of this additional information, given the tight time frame within which it has to work. However, the Committee notes that more accurate information could be provided, were the estimates hearings to be

scheduled for a slightly later date.

7. The Committee notes the continuing difficulties experienced by Comcar (sub­ program 2.3) in reducing its high cost structures and that productivity improvements appear to depend upon negotiations with the Transport Workers Union to allow for the employment of casual drivers. The Committee also notes the promised improvement in management practices in Comcar.

8. In its examination of Systems and Technology {sub-program 3.6) the Committee followed up its questioning in the Additional Estimates 1990-91 hearings concerning conflicts of interest between the regulatory and commercial activities in the information technology area of DAS. The Committee was advised that a code of conduct was in operation to prevent situations arising whereby DAS would be both bidder and judge.

9. A considerable number of questions were asked by Committee members of the Minister and officials concerning remuneration and severance entitlements to consultants employed by ministers {People and Support, sub-program 3.7). The Committee awaits details concerning individual cases members raised during the hearings. Also in relation to this sub-program the Committee notes that proposed expenditure includes funds allocated for the salary component of the National Media Liaison Service which is administered by the Department of Arts, Sport, Environment, Tourism and Territories. A limitation of the Program Performance Statements which is occasionally encountered is their failure to itemise in sufficient

detail the programs which are being funded, particularly where, in the case of the administration of the NMLS, the program falls within another portfolio area.

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Employment, Education and Training Portfolio

10. The Committee notes with appreciation the offer made by Dr Neil Johnston, Deputy Secretary to the Department of Employment, Education and Training (DEET), to brief members of the Committee on factual aspects of departmental programs before the hearings.

11. A matter of continuing concern to the Committee over the past two years has been the Department's administration of foreign student entry into Australian educational institutions (International participation, sub-program 7.5). The Committee notes the concerns of the Australian Audit Office with regard to the

transfer of visa processing functions between the Department of Employment Education and Training and the Department of Immigration, Local Government and Ethnic Affairs, and of apparently insufficient liaison between DEET and educational institutions, particularly in regard to changes in government policy.

12. At its most recent hearings the Committee was informed of the difficulties experienced by DEET in keeping educational institutions abreast of changes concerning arrangements for the entry of foreign students into Australian educational institutions. It was assured that improvements in this process had been made. The Committee was also advised that problems arising from incompatible information technology between DEET and DILGEA - a serious impediment to

efficient monitoring of the program - would be overcome by the end of 1991. The Committee will maintain particular scrutiny of the administration of this sub­ program.

13. The Committee notes that the Program Performance Statements for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission were once more late in arriving. The Committee recognises, however, certain budgetary and accountability factors which set the Commission apart from other agencies which fall within its field of

scrutiny. In particular it notes that the completion of the normal Commonwealth budgetary process is not the end of the process for ATSIC. Fund allocations then have to be considered by the Commission and approved by the Minister. Once agreed to, applications for funding various projects throughout Australia had to

be considered by regional councils, along with other bids, ensuring competition for a limited level of funds. The Committee is interested in ensuring that semi- autonomous organisations, all wholly dependent on ATSIC for finance, are carrying out their tasks efficiently. Advice given to the Committee was that

regional councils were performing efficiently the task of funding proposals on their merits but that information concerning these decisions was not being properly communicated to ATSIC (Hansard D180).

14. The Committee heard evidence under Program Support (sub-program 1.5) that auditing of payments under the Community Developmental Employment Program (CDEP) presented problems and that the peculiar circumstances which prevail in remote areas, with highly mobile populations, meant that no guarantee could ever be given that overpayment or underpayment of individuals would not be made.

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The Committee was assured that quarterly crosschecking and scrutiny procedures, now becoming operational, would ensure better accountability of expenditure. The Committee was once again informed of the difficulties of recruiting a stable workforce of administrators in remote areas to assist councils and ATSIC with bookkeeping (Hansard D170).

15. The Committee notes the continuing difficulties of ATSIC in establishing performance measures and in settling on a workable program structure (Hansard D172). While the Committee acknowledges the administrative difficulties brought about by the massive changes to Aboriginal administration in recent times, it

hopes that a firm program structure will be established in the near future and that with it will come improved performance reporting. While the Committee accepts that programs need to evolve, too frequent changes to program structures can be seen as an attempt to obfuscate scrutiny.

Immigration, Local Government and Ethnic Affairs Portfolio

16. In its examination of this portfolio the Committee notes the commitment of the Office of Local Government to streamlining and upgrading development and building approvals in local government, a policy intended to support the better cities program.

17. After some years of questioning whether business migrants were monitored to ensure that they actually established businesses in this country, the Committee notes the demise of the Business Migration Program in its present form. It also notes assurances of improved procedures for monitoring the effectiveness of migration sponsorship schemes, in particular those procedures relating to the

employer nomination scheme which had operated since 1981. A number of questions were taken on notice concerning support agreements for permanent entry, the welfare benefits available to entrants seeking refugee status and costs involved in handling illegal entrants.

General Matters

18. The Committee notes the uncertainty of departments over the matter of the provision to the Committee of draft or actual annual reports. The annual reporting requirements issued by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and tabled in the Senate on 11 April 1991, thus making them formally take effect under the Public Service Act, make the position quite clear.

3.9 The annual report is if possible to be tabled in time for use by members of Senate Estimates Committees ... should the report not be available in its final form in time, material to be included in it should, unless there is a specific reason, be made available to Senate Estimates Committees prior to hearings ... portfolios are also to submit to Committee Secretariats available agency annual reports and, in relation to agencies whose reports are not then available, interim statements. These interim statements need not be drafts of annual reports (or drafts of part

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of them) but should indicate what material could be made available should Committees wish to request it.

19. The Committee expresses concern about the time scheduled for the tabling of its report. To allow members sufficient time to meet to discuss the report, the Committee urges that a minimum of three sitting days should elapse between the final scheduled day of hearings and the scheduled reporting day.

Recommendations

20. The Committee recommends that matters raised specifically in this report in relation to all portfolios, and all questions taken on notice by witnesses at the Committee's hearings and not answered by 8 October 1991, as listed in the Appendix, be subject to further examination by the Senate.

21. The Committee recommends that the Senate approve, without amendment or request, expenditure in accordance with the estimates considered by the Committee.

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SENATOR WARWICK PARER LIBERAL SENATOR FOR QUEENSLAND SHADOW MINISTER FOR ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES. LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND THE ACT

9 October 1991

Mr John Carter Secretary Senate Estimates Committee D Parliament House

CANBERRA.

Dear Mr Carter,

By way of reservation, I recommend that the questions asked by me in Estimates Committee D hearings relating to the following be the subject of further examination in the Senate:

PROGRAM 1 PROPERTY SERVICES

SUB PROGRAM 1.3 ASSET SERVICES

Business Plan 1991-92 to 1993-94

SUB PROGRAM 1.6 AUSTRALIAN VALUATION OFFICE

Clarification of revenues

PROGRAM 3 GOVERNMENT SERVICES

SUB PROGRAM 3.7 PEOPLE AND SUPPORT

Payments to staff of the Leader of the Australian Democrats

Yours sincerely

J ία αΛΑΧλΑ. Warwick Parer

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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 ROD KEMP SEN A TO R F O R VICTO RIA

9 October 1991 N (

Mr John Carter Secretary Estimates Committee D Parliament House CANBERRA ACT 2600

Dear Mr. Carter,

By way of reservation, I recommend that the questions asked by me in the Estimates Committee D hearings relating to the following be the subject of further examination by the Senate:

(a) Program 2, sub program 2.1 - Higher Education System:

The grant given to Mr. Michael Humphrey and Professor Robert Springborg in the amount of $82,000

(b) Program 3 Government Services, sub-program 3.7 People and Support, 3.7.1 Parliamentary Services:

Ministerial staff numbers, including consultants, and entitlements.

1 further wish to raise the general issue of the Chairpersons rulings in relation to answers by Ministers (see for example Hansard D137-8).

Yours sincerely,

itc ( IRod KempSENATOR FOR VICTORIA

TELEPHONE (03) 629 2521

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PARLIAMENT HOUSE. CANBERRA. ACT 2600 TELEPHONE (06) 277 7m

FAX (06) 277 3515

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SENATOR GRANT TAMBLING SENATOR FOR THE NORTHERN TERRITORY SHADOW MINISTER FOR REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT, EXTERNAL TERRITORIES AND NORTHERN AUSTRALIA

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COUNTRY LIBERAL

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Secretary Estimates Committee D Parliament House CANBERRA 2600

Dear Sir

By way of reservation I recommend that the following be the subject of further d e b a t e in the Senate:

Administrative Services

Program 1.1

- Property Services - Sale of Departmental housing.

Program 6

- Australian Electoral Comm ission - 1987 and 1990 Elections, irregularities and

concerns.

- Australian Electoral Com m ission - R equested and/or unsolicited AEC docum entation to th e media.

- Australian Electoral C om m ission - Section 136(3) notices to produce docum ents or give evidence.

- Australian Electoral Com m ission - Different sources of information at state/ Central offices.

- Australian Electoral Com m ission - $100,000 on supplem entary funding for spot audits of political parties.

- Australian Electoral Com m ission - Prosecutions lodged against the CLP in the last 12 months.

- Australian Electoral Comm ission -1987 and 1990 investigation and prosecutions, ALP gifts an d legacies, Curtain H ouse Pty Ltd, State Division of the ALP.

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Employment, Education and Training

Program 1.2 A ssistance to D isadvantaged Schools - Initiatives of the National Reconciliation and Schooling Strategy.

Section 1 Reconciliation of ATSIC Program perform ance S tatem ents and budget p aper No. 7.

Program 1 Land and Economic D evelopment - P urchase of pastoral properties.

Land and Economic D evelopment - Office of Evaluation and Audit inquiring into arms length Aboriginal organisations.

Land and Economic D evelopment - Plebiscite with regard to formation of S.E. Arhnem land Land Council.

Land and Economic D evelopment - T rustees of the Aboriginal Benefits Trust Account.

Program 2.4 Recreation an d Sport - Y uendum u Sports Festival.

Program 2.7 Community Infrastructure - Allocation of funds for Community Infrastructure purposes.

Community Infrastructure - Prem iers C onference outcom es, Nov 1991.

Program 4,2 Corporate Support - ATSIC Officers offering assistan ce ’moonlighting' with Aboriginal organisations.

Corporate Support - ATSIC housing.

Program 4,4 Program Support - Consultancy for $204,500 aw arded to Ian MacKintosh - Local Government/Regional Councils.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission

Yours sincerely

'gr a nt ta m bu n g SENATOR FOR THE NORTHERN TERRITORY t

8 October 1991

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ESTIMATES COMMITTEE D UNANSWERED QUESTIONS AS AT 8 OCTOBER

Administrative Services Portfolio

Department o f Administrative Services

1. Ministers' overseas travel Alston

2. Cost of overseas travel by education ministers Kemp

3. Expenditure on printing, publishing Parer

4. Effect of redundancies on staffing levels, costs Calvert

5. Redundancies - allocation, payment Parer

Program 1 - Property Services

6. Cost of marketing consultant Calvert

7. Database of property holdings Parer

8. Disciplinary action, fraud cases, RAAF Tindal Tambling

9. Cost of refurbishing ASC Sale premises Parer

Program 2 - Supply Services

10. Percentage of female new Comcar drivers Kemp 11. Comcar third party provision Parer

Program 3 - Government Services

12. Continuing entitlements, ex-senator Jenkins Parer 13. Whether Mr Keating has a dedicated car Kemp

Employment, Education and Training Portfolio

Department o f Employment, Education and Training

Notice

Notice Notice

D6 left D6 left

DIO right D ll right

D23 left D27 left

D48 right D49 left

D85 right D90 left

1. Research studies, opinion polls undertaken Short Notice

2. Advertising or promotional projects Short Notice

3. Grants to trade unions, community groups 4. National Reconciliation and Schooling Short Notice

Strategy initiatives Tambling Notice

5. Printing, photocopying details Parer Notice

6. JOBSKILLS Alston Notice

- definition of 'appropriate organisation' - numbers expected to be assisted 1991-92 - target groups for assistance

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- financial responsibility for, tax status of, weekly wage - employer checks - consultation between Department, ACTU on development - correspondence between Department, ACTU on development - guidelines on expenditure to brokers - expected broker numbers, payouts 7. JOBSTART Alston

- delay in subsidy payments - employer obligations - standard forms and their purpose - determination of the level of wage subsidy 8. Poster numbers, print runs, costs Alston

9. HECS charges paid for DEBT staff Alston

10. Advertising budget for Department, CES Alston 11. Airline guest lounge fees Alston

12. Studies on productivity-based wages for disadvantaged groups Alston

13. Measurement of performance indicator 'the degree to which DEET satisfies Senate Estimates related processes' Alston

14. AUSTUDY/ABSTUDY Alston

- running costs - ratio of payments to running costs - number of program staff - travel costs - total, and State-by-State recipients 15. Film and video production Alston

16. Formal Training Allowance Alston

- indexed to CPI, frequency of increases - to which schemes paid, number of claimants - outlays 17. Training for Aboriginals Program Alston

- definition of employment equity - success of the program to date 18. Skillshare Alston

- accountability of project managers - fraud cases, follow-up 19. National Reconciliation and Schools strategy Tambling 20. Staff numbers, Aboriginal programs Kemp

21. Grant details Kemp

22. Consultancies for Aboriginal education Kemp 23. Strategies to increase literacy levels Kemp

24. Costs, capital projects, Aboriginal schools Kemp 25. Strategic plans for AES IP Kemp

26. Scholarships to Aboriginal students Tambling

27. Funding to CAAMA for trainees Tambling

28. Increases in Austudy Tambling

29. Funding for St. John's College Darwin Tambling

Notice

Notice Notice Notice Notice

Notice

Notice Notice

Notice Notice

Notice

Notice

Notice Notice Notice Notice Notice Notice Notice Notice Notice Notice Notice

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30. Award restructuring, Victorian teachers Kemp Notice

31. Aboriginal languages at school Kemp Notice

32. Training for Aboriginal teachers Kemp Notice

33. Programs for Aboriginal teachers Kemp Notice

34. Green Paper on language, literature Kemp Notice

35. ARC equipment purchases Calvert Notice

36. MACSP details, binding Kemp Notice

37. Details of the Curriculum Corporation Kemp Notice

38. Extra staff required, March statement Alston Notice

39. Aboriginal overseas study awards Kemp Notice

40. Social justice review, Aboriginal unemployment Kemp Notice

41. Aboriginal participation in SEAP Kemp Notice

42. Projects assisted under AEIS Calvert Notice

43. Grants for work information tours Kemp Notice

44. Outcome of work preparation program Kemp Notice

45. TAP Kemp Notice

- labour market employment, training - cost of specific training - cost of information, preparation 46. Information and Preparation Kemp Notice

- Aboriginal communities involved - nature of information - breakdown of costs 47. TAP AEA Kemp Notice

- cost since introduction - cost of consultancies - grants to private organisations 48. TAP participation in major employment

strategies Kemp Notice

49. TAP cost of major employment strategies Kemp Notice

50. ABSTUDY Kemp Notice

51. Aboriginal recipients under AIC Kemp Notice

52. NEWSTART series of questions Patterson Notice

53. Management services questions Kemp Notice

54. Why Bond University not listed as exempt Kemp Notice

55. Youth services in Tasmania Calvert Notice

56. Funding for Italian classes Kenij. Notice

57. Employees who are union officials Kemp D102

Program 1 - Schools

58. Training of Aboriginal teachers, aides Kemp D109

59. 45 collaborative projects on curriculum Kemp D ill

- criteria used to determine funding Kemp D ill

- indicators to determine success Kemp D112

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Program 2 - Higher Education

60. Profile data Tierney D113

61. Cost of HECS postgraduate exemptions Kemp D117

Program 3 - Skills Formation

62. Auditor-General's reports on CRAFT, ATS Calvert D125

Program 4 - Labour Market Program Assistance

63. Warmambool freeze on Jobtrain funding Calvert D134

64. Interdepartmental review, adult ESL programs Aulich D137 65. Self-employment assistance program - participants operating after 12 months Calvert D139

66. Skills training funds to mature aged job seekers Calvert D140

67. TAP costs, assistance, employment outcomes Kemp D140 - forward commitments Kemp D141

- specific training measures, by community Kemp D141

Program 5 - Labour Market Operation

68. CES outlet increases Calvert D141

Program 7 - Corporate Services and Portfolio Advising

69. Fraud control plans Calvert D147

70. New area office locations West D148

(interim response received) 71. Purchase of Commodore PCs, problems Tierney D151

Program 8 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission

1. Union officials Kemp Notice

Program 1 - Land and Economic Development

2. Arnhem Land BUNGUL Enterprises application for funding, tourist-related enterprises Tambling D164

Program 2 - Social Advancement

3. Allocation of $2.5m sports funding to regional councils Tambling D181

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Program 4 - Corporate Services

4. Consultation with other departments before sale of staff housing Tambling D188

5. CDEP community development plans Kemp Notice

6. AOT numbers trained, strategies, duration Kemp Notice

7. External consultants, Management Advisory Service Kemp Notice

8. Business Funding Scheme - findings, internal review Kemp Notice

- after-care support, consultancies, costs Kemp Notice

9. Assets - values, locations Kemp Notice

10. Cost of introduction of computer systems Kemp Notice

11. Fate of unauthorised computer purchases Kemp Notice

12. Pre-training for enterprise projects Kemp Notice

13. Aboriginal legal aid service - fee structure for staff Kemp Notice

- differences from mainstream legal services Kemp Notice

14. Impact of Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody Kemp Notice

Immigration, Local Government and Ethnic Affairs Portfolio

Department o f Immigration, Local Government and Ethnic Affairs

Sub-program 1.2 - Permanent Entry

1. Support agreements for permanent entry Kemp D202

2. Assurance of Support Scheme debt recovery Kemp D202

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Thursday 5 September 1991

Administrative Services Portfolio

Department o f Administrative Services

Chair's opening statement D1

Attenders D1

Minister's opening statement D3

Interest payments at long term bond rate D4

Rationale for commercialisation D5

Staff numbers D5

Redundancy payments D6

Staff training expenditure D6

Program 1 - Property Services

Discrepancies between PPS, trust account statements D7,D24

Responsibilities of Australian Property, Estate Management D8

Database of property holdings D8,D11,D59

Variations in development costs D8

Refurbishment decisions D9

DSS building, Tuggeranong Office Park - facilities D9

Future of 400 Flinders Street, Melbourne DIO

Marketing consultant DIO

New product areas, clients D ll

Disposal of residential houses D12

Vacant Commonwealth office space D14

Pre-commitments, Sydney Central building D16

Lease of 40 Cavenagh Street, Darwin D16

Superannuation contributions D17

Badgerys Creek property acquisitions D18

Hobart Commonwealth Centre D19

Operating profit target D19

Implications of enterprise bargaining D20

Account managers D22

Fraud, RAAF Tindal D22

2nd Cavalry Project, Darwin D23

Contract staff D25

International marketing D26

ASC move to Traralgon D27

Project Services advertising D27

Competition with private sector D28

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Asset Services - idle time D29

- review of business centres D30

- business plans D30

- capital structure D31

- recruitment and redundancies D32

Interiors D32

Australian Surveying and Land Information Group - reappraisal of assets D33

- competition, community service obligations D34

- award restructuring D35

Australian Valuation Office - percentage of work done by department D35

- staff training D36

- salaries D37

Program 2 - Supply Services

Debts D37

AGAL - community service obligations D38

- supercritical fluid extractor D40

- drug testing D40

Australian Protective Service - vehicle, plant running costs D41

- tied clients D41

- opportunities for cost reductions D41

Comcar - bad debts D42

- key factors in losses D42

- employment of part-time drivers D43

- ratio of drivers to support staff D43

- discounting for double bookings D44

- use of self-drive cars D45

- parliamentary shuttle D46

- casual drivers D46

- productivity measures D48

- women drivers D48

Fleet - auctioneer appointment D49,D50

- location of staff D49

- role of national office D50

- location of car distributors D52

Collective buying commission D53

International freight D54

Joint Commonwealth/Tasmanian Government bookshop D54

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AGPS - library distribution of titles D55

- instant print service D55

- improved work practices D56

- community service obligations D57

- business with Singapore D58

- Age Pension News D58

- government printers conference D58

- in-house versus external printing D58

Allegations of removals cartel D58

Value-added removals D59

Program 3 - Government Services

Vacancy rates, government office buildings D59

Taxation Office move, Adelaide D60

Outstanding rent D60

Redevelopment of provisional Parliament House D60

Release of surplus land D61

Leasing of properties with heritage implications D62

Tuggeranong Office Park D63

Ionospheric Prediction Service D63

Processing of Question Time briefs D64

Lionel Murphy Foundation D64

Funding of animal welfare bodies D65

Promotion of Australian industry in government purchasing D65

Overseas property holdings D66

Embassy in Jakarta D66

Charging of market rent on overseas properties D67

Beijing Embassy D67

Overseas travel for Public Works Committee D69

Vacant space in Australia House D69

Furniture supply to overseas posts D70

Secure compound, Konedabu, Papua New Guinea D70

Liability terms and conditions, common use IT contracts D72

Supplier versus user pays commissions D73

Capping of liability D74

Outsourcing government ΓΤ requirements D74

Conflict of interest, regulatory and commercial activities D75

Evaluation of ΓΤ tenders on fee-for-service basis D76

ΓΤ business tendered for D76

NOMAD D77

PDBS availability to electoral offices D78

Termination payments, Mr Keating's staff, consultants D79

Mr Keating's car entitlements D81

Overtime payments, staff of Senator Powell D83

Use of third party for postal allowance D86

Transport for shadow ministers in provincial cities D86

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Accuracy of travel details, monthly management report D86

Self-drive versus Comcar for parliamentarians in Canberra D87

Guidelines on relocation of electorate offices D88

Limitations on use of parliamentary telephones D89

Australian Electoral Commission

Irregularities in electoral returns by candidates, parties D90

Public availability of copies of returns D92

Notices issued under s.316(3) D93

Microfilmed returns 1987 federal election D93

Spot audits of political parties D95

Disclosure legislation D96

Tuesday 10 September 1991

Employment, Education and Training Portfolio

Department o f Employment, Education and Training

Attenders D99

Draft annual report D100

Staff who are union officials D102

Staffing levels D102

Program 1 - Schools

Increased retention rates D103

Australian Students Prize D103

Assistance to Aboriginal education D103

Education of gifted children D104

Hostels for rural students D106

Gender equity network newsletter D107

Good Schools Strategy D107

Tasmanian secondary school retention rates D108

Funding for disadvantaged schools D109

ESL access D109

Students at risk program D109

Country area funded projects D109

Indonesian language program D110

Australian language and literacy policy D110

Training of Asian studies teachers D ill

Collaborative work on curriculum issues D ill

Program 2 - Higher Education

Information requirements, national unified system D112

Educational profiles D113

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Student over-crowding, over-enrolment D113

Equity and merit scholarship scheme D116

Australian-Greek travel awards scheme D116

Higher female participation rate D116

Pilot scheme, cost-sharing with employers D116

HECS payments, debts, revenue foregone D117

Student residential accommodation D118

National Priority Reserve Fund D118

Feedback on the amalgamation process D119

ARC research grants evaluation D121

ARC reviews, Institute of Advanced Studies, ANU D125

Program 3 - Skills Formation

National skills audit, TAFE teachers D125

ANAO audits of CRAFT, ATS D125

Funds for vocational training, Tasmania D126

TAFE review, joint ventures with industry D126

Adult literacy programs D127

CRAFT enrolments, numbers assisted D127

Trainees' employment record D128

Tradeswomen on the Move projects D128

Training Guarantee Act D129

Registered Industry Training Agents D130

Skills centres D132

Group schemes problems, training guarantee D133

Program 4 - Labour Market Program Assistance

Jobtrain outcomes D134

Jobsearch program D135

Adult and community education D136

Adequacy of adult ESL training D137

Skillshare project funding D139

Self-employment assistance program D139

TAP costs, assistance, outcomes, review D140

Program 5 - Labour Market Operation

CES - number of offices, fees for service D142

- staffing D142

- share of vacancy turnover D142

Program 6 - Education Systems and Income Support

Austudy eligibility, students of private institutions D143

Assistance for isolated children D144

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Austudy recipients and data matching program D144

Take-up rates, student assistance D145

Marketing, student assistance D145

Evaluation of Austudy D145

Austudy overpayments D146

Program 7 - Corporate Services and Portfolio Advising

Use of consultants D146

Fraud control D146

Consultancy reports on CES D147

Closure of area offices D147

Overseas student charges D148

Transfer of visa processing between DEET, DILGEA D149

Refunds to students of failed English language colleges D150

Commodore Pcs purchase D151

Thursday 12 September 1991

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission

Officers in attendance D153

Minister's opening statement D154

Memorandum of agreement over pastoral property land D155

Delay in tabling of Program Performance Statements D155

Board of Commissioners allocation of funds to programs D156

Program 1 - Land and Economic Development

Purchase of pastoral properties by ATSIC, ABTA D157

Land claim in respect of Atula Station D158

OEA investigations, Kalkarindji, Dagaragu D158

Office of Evaluation and Audit powers D159

New land council plebiscites D159

Conflict of interest re Anyingya D160

Viability of purchased pastoral properties D161

New business enterprises D162

Aboriginal Enterprise Incentive Scheme D163

Arnhem Land BUNGUL Enterprises funding D163

Co-ordination between enterprise division and CDC D164

CDEP D167

- economic development conferences D168

- community work plans D168

- reviews, Audit Report D169

- industrial wage coverage of employees D170

- staff turnover D170

- relationships with municipal councils D171

- failures D172

- performance indicators D172

- award conditions D174

- Auditor-General's report no. 7 D175

Program 2 - Social Advancement

Aboriginal health goals, targets, funding D177

Establishment of council on Aboriginal health D178

Funding of Intjartnama community D179

Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody outcomes D179 Substance abuse performance indicators D180

Joint review ATSIC/HHCS of Aboriginal child-care agencies D181 Sports committees D181

Aboriginal legal service means testing D181

Allocation of funds, housing and rental accommodation D182

Survey of housing infrastructure need D183

Program 3 - Heritage and Culture

Impaija funding D184

Provision of cutlery, crockery for Board D185

Program 4 - Corporate Services

Fraud control D186

Engagement of former redundant officers as consultants D187

Disposal of staff housing D188

Fringe benefits tax appropriated D188

Immigration, Local Government and Ethnic Affairs Portfolio

Program 6 - Office o f Local Government

General purpose assistance to local government D189

- interstate distribution D189

Grants Commission D189

Award restructuring - local government D190

Local Government Productivity Council D190

- membership D191

Building Better Cities - local government D191

- budget D191

- Department of Health, Housing and Community Services D192

- provincial towns D192

- administrative expenses D192

Special Premiers Conferences D192

- local government D192

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- ALGA D193

Local roads funding D193

Subprogram 6.1: Government Relations LOGJOG - Commonwealth Local Government (Financial Assistance) Act D193 - consultancy, recommendations, costs D193

- Local Government Ministers Conference D193

Modernisation - grants to Tasmanian State and local government D194

- MAT D194

- Western Australia D194

- NSW D194

- South Australia D194

Subprogram 6.2: Local Development Country centres project D194

Program 1 - Migration

Evaluation processes D195

Corporate plan D195

Immigration bibliography D195

Bureau of Immigration Research D196

Balance of payments effect of migration D198

Subprogram 1.1: Immigration and Population Research Property operating expenses D198

National immigration outlook conference D198

Social impact of immigration conference D198

Commonwealth-State-Territory research program D198

Atlas of Australian People D198

' At A Glance’ D198

Eastern Europe and immigration D199

- Soviet Union D200

- Yugoslavia D200

Subprogram 1.2: Permanent Entry Property operating expenses D200

Employer nomination scheme D200

D201

New Zealand immigrants D200

Points system, migrant selection D200

Health checking, HIV AIDS D200

Travel loan fund D200

Family migration D201

- spouses, de-facto relationships D201

- National Population Council research D201

Support agreements, assurances D202

Business Migration Program D202

Permanent and long term departures D202

Subprogram 1.5: Refugees, Humanitarian and Special Assistance programs D202

Resident status applications D202

Adoption of children D202

- Eastern Europe, Romania D202

- rights of the child D202

- Australian States D203

Refugee status - applicants D203

- temporary entry permits D203

- permanent residence D203

- welfare benefits D204

- PRC nationals D204

Program 2 - Students, Visitors and Entry

Subprogram 2.1: Students Pre-visa assessment booklet D204

Subprogram 2.3: Entry Criminal record, entry D205

- Victor Chang, Malaysia D205

South African women's netball team D205

- visa conditions D205

Commonwealth Bank cycle classic D206

South African sports people D206

Subprogram 2.4: Compliance Investigations and intelligence D206

- Malaysian syndicate D206

- Australian embassy, Kuala Lumpur D206

- Middle East D206

- fraudulent documents D206

Indonesian fishermen D206

Illegal entrants - removal expenses D207

- employment D207

- deportation D208

- costs D208

- legal aid D208

Indochinese vessels, arrivals D207

Visitors - visitors return visa D209

- return ticket D209

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- overstay rates, countries D209

- tax file numbers D209

- employment of illegals D209

- Industrial Relations department D209

Program 3 - Settlement and Ethnic Affairs

Subprogram 3.5: Ethnic Affairs Women's issues - women's issues co-ordinator D209

- Tasmania, Territory offices D209

Program 4 - Corporate Services

Subprogram 4.1: Executive and Co-ordination National Population Council D210

- Philip Toyne D210

- member's allowances D211

Subprogram 4.4: Legal Legal fees D211

- Federal Court appeals D211

- legal aid D211

Migration Act D211

- amendments to reduce illegal entry D211

Subprogram 4.5: Information and Technology Computer installation D211

Program 5 - Citizenship

Prime Minister's citizenship video D212

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Tuesday, 3 September 1991

THE SENATE

ESTIMATES COMMITTEE D

Minutes of Proceedings

No. 12

1. PRIVATE MEETING: The Committee met in private session at 1.52pm in the Government Advisers Lobby. Senator Zakharov took the Chair.

2. ORDER OF BUSINESS: The Committee agreed to consider the estimates of the portfolios in the following order: Administrative Services portfolio; Employment, Education and Training portfolio; Immigration, Local Government and Ethnic Affairs portfolio.

3. BRIEFING BY DEET OFFICIALS: The Committee was advised of the offer by the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Employment, Education and Training, Dr Neil Johnston, of a briefing on Departmental programs before the hearing.

4. TELEVISING OF COMMITTEE HEARINGS: The Committee resolved to authorise the televising of its public hearings in accordance with the rules contained in the order of the Senate of 23 August 1990.

5. ADJOURNMENT: The Committee adjourned at 1.55pm.

6. ATTENDANCE: Senators Zakharov, Aulich, Calvert, Maguire, Parer and Tiemey. Apologies were received from Senator Kemp.

CONFIRMED:

Olive Zakharov Chair

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Thursday, 5 September 1991

THE SENATE

ESTIMATES COMMITTEE D

Minutes of Proceedings

No. 13

1. MEETING: The Committee met in public session at 1.32 p.m. in Committee Room 2S3. Senator Zakharov took the Chair.

2. PARTICULARS OF PROPOSED EXPENDITURE FOR 1991-92: ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES PORTFOLIO. The Committee commenced its consideration of the proposed expenditure of the Administrative Services portfolio.

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

Department of Administrative Services:

Mr H. Jacka, Executive General Manager, Property Services Mr D. Baguley, General Manager, Australian Property Group Mr G. Weir, Assistant General Manager, Business Management, Australian Property Group Mr P. Ferrari, Assistant General Manager, National Customer Management,

Australian Property Group Mr T. Barrel!, General Manager, Project Services Mr R. Rosenbauer, Business Manager, Project Services Mr I. Woonton, General Manager, Asset Services Mr K. Sweeney, Business Manager, Asset Services Mr E. Hazeldine, General Manager, Interiors Mr G. Lindsay, General Manager, Australian Surveying and Land Information

Group Mr D. Hobson, Manager, Corporate and Finance, Australian Surveying and Land Information Group Mr M. Coleman, General Manager, Australian Valuation Office Mr R. Pascoe-Webbe, Assistant General Manager, Group Finance Mr J. Mellors, Acting Executive General Manager, Supply Services Dr C. Dahl, Australian Government Analyst Mr J. Mackay, General Manager, Australian Protective Service Mr P. Dawson, General Manager, Comcar Mr M. Nelson, National Manager, Comcar Mr W. Gray, General Manager, Fleet Services

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Mr S. Palywoda, General Manager, Supply and Distribution Mr D. Drew, Assistant General Manager, Business Management, Supply and Distribution Ms J. Mills, National Manager, Purchasing Services

Mr R. Rubie, National Manager, Distribution Services Mr P. Grills, National Manager, Australian Government Publishing Service Ms G. Roper, National Manager, Removals Services Mr G. Bashford, General Manager, Business Development Group

Mr R. Hewitt, Assistant General Manager, Business Development Group Mr J. Forestier, Acting Executive General Manager, Government Services Mr B. Holden, Geneal Manager, Australian Estate Management Dr D. Cole, Director, Ionospheric Prediction Service

Mr A Butler, General Manager, Procurement Policy and Government Services Division Mr J. Gavin, Assistant General Manager, Government, Environment and Legal Branch, Procurement Policy and Government Services Division Mr S. Skrzypek, Assistant General Manager, Purchase Australian Office,

Procurement Policy and Government Services Division Mr G. Richards, Manager, Marketing and Implementation, Purchase Australian Office, Procurement Policy and Government Services Division Mr J. Brain, Assistant Manager, Purchase Australian Office Section,

Procurement Policy and Government Services Division Mr G. Nichols, Director-General, Australian Archives Mr J. Kent, General Manager, Overseas Property Group Mr D. Wilson, Assistant General Manager, Overseas Construction and Services

Mr P. Taylor, General Manager, Systems and Technology Division Mr V. Shevchenko, Assistant General Manager, ΓΓ Contracts and Standards Branch, Systems and Technology Division Mr L Le Fevre, Acting General Manager, People and Support Division

Mr P. O'Neill, Assistant General Manager, Parliamentary and Ministerial Services Branch, People and Support Division Mr P. McQuaid, Director, Program Co-ordination, Government Services and Corporate Centre

Mr R. Landsdowne, Acting General Manager, Corporate Policy, Planning and Treasury Mr R. Divett, General Manager, Corporate and Strategic Marketing Division Mr S. Perry, Assistant General Manager, Corporate Performance Review and

Audit

Commonwealth Grants Commission:

Mr A Glasson, Secretary

Australian Electoral Commission:

Mr T. Willson, Assistant Commissioner, Information and Education Mr A. Moyse, Director, Election Operations and Training Mr D. Farrell, Director, Enrolment

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Ms E. Gladwin, Director, Funding and Disclosure Mr P. Green, Executive Officer, Redistribution Secretariat Mr G. Howarth, Assistant Director, Industrial Elections Mr A. Ray, Director, Resources Management Ms A. Bright, Assistant Director, Resources Management

Department of Finance

Mr E. Thom, First Assistant Secretary, Defence and Government Division Ms M. Messner, Chief Finance Officer, Defence and Government Division Mr B. Hackett, Senior Finance Officer, Defence and Government Division

The Chair called on the following programs of proposed expenditure for consideration by the Committee:

Program 1 Program 2 Program 3 Program 4 Program 5 Program 6

Property Services Supply Services Government Services

Corporate Centre Commonwealth Grants Commission Australian Electoral Commission

The Committee concluded its examination of the proposed expenditure for the Administrative Services portfolio 1991-92, subject to an undertaking by the Minister and officers of the Department to provide additional information to the Committee.

3. ADJOURNMENT: The Committee adjourned at 11.42 p.m.

4. ATTENDANCE: Senators Zakharov, Aulich, Calvert, Kemp, Maguire and Parer. Senator Tambling also attended.

CONFIRMED:

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Olive Zakharov Chair

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Thursday, 10 September 1991

TH E SENATE

ESTIMATES COMMITTEE D

Minutes of Proceedings

No. 14

1. MEETING: The Committee met in public session at 7.35 p.m. in Committee Room 2S3. Senator Zakharov took the Chair.

2. PARTICULARS OF PROPOSED EXPENDITURE FOR 1991-92: EMPLOYMENT, EDUCATION AND TRAINING PORTFOLIO. The Committee commenced its consideration of the proposed expenditure of the Employment, Education and Training portfolio.

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

Department of Employment, Education and Training:

Dr N. Johnston, Deputy Secretary Mr A Mawer, First Assistant Secretary, Employment Programs and Services Division Mr M. Cusack, Assistant Secretary, Employment Access Branch

Mr C. O'Connell, Acting Assistant Secretary, Community Strategies Branch Mr D. Power, Assistant Secretary, Planning and Performance Branch Mr P. Reeves, Acting Assistant Secretary, Office of Labour Market Adjustment Mr N. Harrigan, Assistant Secretary, Youth Bureau

Dr M. Gallagher, First Assistant Secretary, Higher Education Division Mr G. Zuber, Acting Principal Adviser, Higher Education Division Ms T. Moran, Assistant Secretary, Higher Education Grants and Finance Branch Mr B. Mutton, Assistant Secretary, Policy and Review Branch

Mr J. Parr, Assistant Secretary, Research Policy and Grants Branch Ms S. Grahame, Director, Higher Education Contribution Scheme and Fees Administration Section Mr C. Bannerman, Principal Adviser, Economic and Policy Analysis Division

Ms W. Jarvie, Assistant Secretary, Evaluation and Monitoring Branch Mr A. Ruby, First Assistant Secretary, Schools and Curriculum Division Ms H. Alnutt, Assistant Secretary, Schools and Curriculum Policy Branch Mr B. Pearson, Director, Review and Analysis Section

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Ms J. Ledgar, Assistant Secretary, Risk Management and Communications Branch, Management Division Mr N. van Weelden, Assistant Secretary Resource Management Branch, Management Division Mr J. Muir, First Assistant Secretary, International Division Ms A Kamarul, Assistant Secretary, Language and Literacy Branch

Ms L. Evans, Acting Assistant Secretary, China Task Force Mr D. Brewster, Acting Principal Adviser, Vocational Education and Training Division Mr T. Greer, Assistant Secretary, Industry Training Programs Branch Mr B. Harvey, Acting Principal Adviser, Student and Aboriginal Programs Division Mr J. McCarthy, Assistant Secretary, Aboriginal Programs Branch Mr K. Clarke, Assistant Secretary, Aboriginal Education Branch Mr R. McGowan, Director, Skills Training Section Mr D. Fisher, Director, National Board of Employment, Education and Training Mr J. Burston, Assistant Secretary, Business and Planning Branch, Systems

Division

Mr R. Peacock, Acting Principal Adviser, Policy Secretary Mr V. Gakhar, Assistant Director, Program Resources Section, Management Division Mr G. Gill, Program Resources Section, Management Division Ms M. Kingston, Administrative Service Officer, Schools and Curriculum Division Ms J. Ford, Administrative Service Officer, Schools and Curriculum Division

Department of Finance:

Ms M. Venner, Chief Finance Officer Ms K. Woods, Chief Finance Officer, Labour and Culture Division

The Chair called on the following programs of proposed expenditure for consideration by the Committee:

Program 1 Program 2 Program 3 Program 4 Program 5 Program 6 Program 7

Schools Higher Education Skills Formation Labour Market Program Assistance Labour Market Operation Education Assistance and Income Support Corporate Services and Portfolio Advising

The Committee concluded its examination of the proposed expenditure for the Department of Employment, Education and Training, 1991-92, subject to an undertaking by the Minister and officers of the Department to provide additional information to the Committee.

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3. ADJOURNMENT: The Committee adjourned at 12.28am.

4. ATTENDANCE: Senators Zakharov, Aulich, Calvert, Kemp, Maguire and Parer. Senators Tambling and West also attended.

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No. 15

1. MEETING: The Committee met in public session at 4.31pm in Committee Room 2S3. Senator Zakharov took the Chair.

2. PARTICULARS OF PROPOSED EXPENDITURE FOR 1991-92: EMPLOYMENT, EDUCATION AND TRAINING PORTFOLIO. The Committee commenced its consideration of the Proposed Expenditure of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission.

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

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission

Mr W. Gray, Chief Executive Officer Dr P. Shergold, Deputy Chief Executive Officer Mr R. Beadman, General Manager, Policy Development Mr R. Palfreyman, General Manager, Corporate Services Mr M. Dillon, Director, Office of Evaluation and Audit Mr J. Eldridge, Assistant General Manager, Finance Mr P. Goggin, Assistant General Manager, Community Support Policy Mr R. Morony, Assistant General Manager, Economic Initiatives Mr I. Myers, Assistant General Manager, Office of Aboriginal Health Mr G. Jones, Assistant General Manager, Land Management Mr M. Stewart, Assistant General Manager, Regional Co-ordination Ms C. Rogers, Assistant General Manager, Information Technology Mr A. Doolan, Registrar of Aboriginal Corporations

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commercial Development Corporation

Mr C. Foord, General Manager Mr B. Kimmings, Financial Controller

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Ms E. Barolits, OAM, General Manager Mr J. Rooks, Assistant General Manager and Company Secretary Mr R. Hampton, Acting Assistant General Manager, Operations Mr J. Higgins, Acting Manager, Finance

Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Dr W. Jonas, Principal Mr J. Ramsay, Deputy Principal Mr D. Firth, Finance Officer

The Chair called on the following programs of proposed expenditure for consideration by the Committee:

Program 1 Land and Economic Development Program 2 Social Advancement Program 3 Heritage and Culture Program 4 Corporate Services

The Committee concluded its examination of the proposed expenditure for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission within the Employment, Education and Training portfolio, subject to an undertaking by the Minister and officers to provide additional information to the Committee.

PARTICULARS OF PROPOSED EXPENDITURE FOR 1991-91: IMMIGRATION, LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND ETHNIC AFFAIRS PORTFOLIO. The Committee commenced its consideration of the proposed expenditure of the Immigration, Local Government and Ethnic Affairs portfolio.

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

Department of Immigration, Local Government and Ethnic Affairs

Mr Chris Conybeare, Secretary Mr David Wheen, Project Manager, Migration and Citizenship Mr Vince McMahon, Assistant Secretary, Migration Planning Ms Jenni Gordon, Assistant Secretary, Residence and Review Mr Peter Hughes, Assistant Secretary, Migration Entry and Citizenship Mr Chris Doepel, Assistant Secretary, Legal Branch

Dr John Nieuwenhuysen, Director, Bureau of Immigration Research Mr Andrew Struik, Deputy Director, Bureau of Immigration Research Mr Ian Simington, Program Manager, Refugees and International Mr Dario Castello, Assistant Secretary, DORS Operations

Mr Chris Dear, Acting Assistant Secretary, DORS Policy and Review Mr Evan Arthur, Director, DORS Policy Mr Trevor Rodgers, Registrar, Immigration Review Tribunal

Aboriginal Hostels Limited

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Mr Laurie Bugden, Acting Program Manager, Student Visitors and Entry Mr Emil Joseph, Assistant Secretary, Visitor and Temporary Entry Branch Mr Des Storer, Program Manager, Settlement and Ethnic Affairs Mr David Page, Assistant Secretary, Settlement Branch Ms Pat McCahey, Program Manager, Corporate Services Mr Eric Brookbanks, Assistant Secretary, Resource Management Mr Alex Blake, Director, Resource Systems Mr Harley Baulch, Acting Director, Budget Management Mr Keith Owen, Assistant Secretary, Overseas Operations Mr Mark Lynch, Program Manager, Office of Local Government Mr Rod Calvert, Assistant Secretary, Office of Local Government Mr Steve Garlick, Assistant Secretary, Local Development Mr Des Harris, Director, Assessment Information and Support Mr Rodney Inder, Assistant Secretary, Executive Support Mr Tom Havas, Director, Ministerial and Parliamentary Business

Department of Finance

Mr K. McAndrew, Acting Chief Finance Officer, Immigration Section Mr P.B. Hoffman, Immigration Section

The Chair called on the following programs of proposed expenditure for consideration by the Committee:

Program 1 Migration Program 2 Students, Visitors and Entry Program 3 Settlement and Ethnic Affairs Program 4 Corporate Services

The Committee concluded its examination of the proposed expenditure for the Immigration, Local Government and Ethnic Affairs portfolio 1991-92, subject to an undertaking by the Minister and officers of the portfolio to provide additional information to the Committee.

4. ADJOURNMENT: The Committee adjourned at 11.33pm.

5. ATTENDANCE: Senators Zakharov, Aulich, Calvert, Kemp, Maguire and Parer. Senator Tambling also attended.

CONFIRMED:

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Minutes of Proceedings

No. 16

1. PRIVATE MEETING: The Committee met in deliberative session at 1.50pm in the Government Advisers Lobby. Senator Zakharov took the Chair.

2. REPORT: The draft report of the Committee, previously circulated to members, was adopted as the report of the Committee, subject to amendments. Reservations to the report were foreshadowed by Senators Kemp and Parer.

3. MINUTES: The Committee agreed to confirm the minutes of meetings nos. 12 - 15, held on 3, 5, 10 and 12 September respectively, subject to reformatting.

4. ADJOURNMENT: The Committee adjourned at 2.00pm.

6". ATTENDANCE: Senators Zakharov, Kemp, Loosley, Parer and Tierney.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

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Report to the Senate 1

Reservations - Senator Campbell - Senator Newman - Senator Patterson - Senator Walters

- Senator Herron - Senator Harradine - Senator Macdonald - Senator Vanstone

Appendix 1: List of Questions taken on notice before and during the public hearings

Appendix 2: List of Questions unanswered as at 9 October 1991

Table of Contents for Hansard of Public Hearings

Minutes of Meetings

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ESTIMATES COMMITTEE Έ'

REPORT TO THE SENATE

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

INTRODUCTION

2. On 22 August 1991, the Senate referred to the Committee the Particulars of

Proposed Expenditure for 1991-92 and the expenditure under advance to the Minister

for Finance for the year ending 30 June 1992 in relation to the following portfolios:

- Attorney-General's

- Veterans' Affairs

- Health, Housing and Community Services

3. These expenditures were considered by the Committee, which took into account

the Program Performance Statements provided by each department and the information

obtained through its hearings on 5, 10, 12 and 19 September 1991. The Committee has

received evidence from the Minister for Justice and Consumer Affairs (Senator the Hon.

Michael Tate) and the officers of the departments and authorities concerned.

4. The Committee tables for the information of the Senate 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 volumes entitled "Additional Information

Provided to Estimates Committee E's Examination of Expenditure for 1991-92". Bulky

bound documents not suitable for inclusion in the Additional Information which were

furnished as part of answers have been listed in the Additional Volumes, tabled

separately and are available for viewing on request.

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5. The Committee draws the attention of the Senate to the following matters of

concern:

ATTORNEY-GENERAL'S DEPARTMENT

Parliament and Privacy Principles

6. The Committee sought information from the Privacy Commissioner and officers

of the Attorney General's Department during these and previous estimates hearings

about the application of privacy principles to Parliamentarians using the Department of

Administrative Services equipment to create an electoral database.

7. Under present legislation, Parliamentarians are not viewed by the Commissioner

as being subject to the principles laid down in the Privacy Act. However, the

Commissioner informed the Committee that one of his roles is to encourage voluntary

compliance with privacy standards by sectors of the community that are not subject to

the Act.

8. The Committee considers it would be appropriate for guidelines to be developed

by and for Parliamentarians concerning the use of this potentially sensitive information.

Copyright Agency Ltd

9. The Committee notes that negotiations are underway concerning payments by the

Commonwealth to the Copyright Agency, and that this may apply to copies made of

newspaper articles. The Committee was informed that there is an obligation under

copyright law for bodies such as newspaper clipping services to make payments.

10. The Committee draws the attention of the Senate to the possible financial

implications for Government agencies, particularly if the rate of payment currently being

sought by the agency is paid.

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DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS

Defence Service Home Loans

11. The Committee notes that two changes to the Defence Service Home Loan

scheme were not handled satisfactorily.

12. In the first case a condition of service for certain defence force personnel, namely

discretionary second assistance, was removed without consultation with the Department

of Defence, which has the responsibility for conditions of service for defence personnel.

13. Secondly, by 22 August, when the Minister for Veterans' Affairs announced that

eligibility for Defence Service Home Loans could be exercised concurrently where two

defence personnel were married, such personnel had only until 31 August to decide

whether to revoke their entitlement under that scheme and take up an entitlement under

the new Australian Defence Force Home Loan Assistance Scheme. Unknown numbers

of such personnel may have revoked their Defence Service Home Loan eligibility on the

basis of advice previously wrongfully given by the Department.

14. It is of concern that the rights of defence personnel may have been extinguished.

The Committee recommends that the Department seek ways to redress this situation.

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, HOUSING AND COMMUNITY SERVICES

Provision of draft Annual Report

15. The Committee notes that the Draft Annual Report of the Department of Health,

Housing and Community Services was not provided to Committee members prior to

consideration of the Appropriations for this Department.

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16. The Committee was advised by departmental officers that the report was not yet

in a condition considered suitable to be provided to the Committee. At the public hearing

on 10 September, the Committee was assured that the Department was "...within a week

or so of having it in a suitable form"... . At the time of tabling this report (10 October)

the draft report still has not been provided.

17. The Committee is aware that the formal requirement for reporting is that reports

be tabled within six months of the end of the reporting period. However, Government

guidelines stipulate that where possible, reports should be made available in draft form

for consideration during the Estimates process. This practice is observed by most

Departments.

18. The draft annual report is considered by Committee members to be a most useful

document to have available for the consideration of a departments' appropriations. The

Committee believes that every effort should be made by the Department of Health,

Housing and Community Services to have its report available in time next year.

GENERAL MATTERS

Time allocated for meeting of Estimates Committees

19. The Committee considers that a greater number of days should be set aside for

the Estimates Public hearings than was the case on this occasion.

20. The minimum number of days which will be required by a particular Committee

is generally reasonably predictable by considering the past record of that Committee's

sittings. It is noted that on this occasion, the Committee sat for almost twenty seven

hours.

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21. Senators' diaries are generally filled several weeks in advance of the actual hearing

days, and it is frequently very difficult for Committee members to allocate extra days that

are mutually convenient.

22. The Committee considers that in future, adequate time should be allocated for

consideration of the Estimates, and that the days to be set aside be agreed well in

advance and in consultation with the Minister.

RECOMMENDATIONS

23. Estimates Committee Έ' recommends that:

- all of the matters of interest raised in this report in relation to each of the

departments under examination be further examined by the Senate.

- all questions taken on notice before and during the Committee's hearings,

as listed in Appendix 1, and not answered before the tabling of this report,

also be subject to further examination by the Senate.

- the Senate approve, without amendment or request for amendment,

expenditure in accordance with the estimates referred to the Committee.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

24. The Committee is grateful for the assistance given by the Minister for Justice and

Consumer Affairs, Senator Tate and the Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer,

Senator McMullan together with officers of the departments examined.

B.Cooney

Chairman

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Mr P .H a l l a h a n

S e c r e t a r y E s t i m a t e s C o m m itte e E

D e a r Mr H a l l a h a n ,

By way o f r e s e r v a t i o n I recom m end t h a t t h e S e n a t e f u r t h e r

i n v e s t i g a t e m a t t e r s r e l a t i n g t o t h e A u s t r a l i a n S e c u r i t i e s

C o m m issio n , c o n t a i n e d i n P ro g ra m 2 . 2 . 1 o f t h e p o r t f o l i o e s t i m a t e s

f o r t h e A t t o r n e y - G e n e r a l 's D e p a rtm e n t.

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

IAN CAMPBELL SENATOR FOR WESTERN AUSTRALIA

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

SENATOR JOCELYN NEWMAN SEN ATO R FO R TASMANIA

S H A D O W MINISTER FO R VETERANS AFFAIRS S H A D O W MINISTER FO R D EFEN C E SCIENCE A N D PERSO NN EL

S H A D O W MINISTER ASSISTING THE LEADER O N THE STATUS O F W O M E N

By way o f r e s e r v a t i o n I recom m end t h a t t h e f o l l o w i n g

a r i s i n g fro m t h e C o m m itte e 's c o n s i d e r a t i o n o f t h e E s t i m a t e s

1 9 9 1 /9 2 f o r t h e D e p a rtm e n t o f V e t e r a n s ' A f f a i r s b e s u b j e c t t o

f u r t h e r c o n s i d e r a t i o n .

DSH Loans - Concurrent Eligi-bility (Program 1)

1. I t i s a m a t t e r o f some c o n c e r n t h a t a t t h e tim e o f t h e

h e a r i n g s t h e D e p a rtm e n t h a d s t i l l n o t r e c e i v e d a n y l e g a l

a d v i c e on i t s s t a n d i n g w i t h r e s p e c t t o t h e w r o n g f u l r e f u s a l

of c o n c u r r e n t e l i g i b i l i t y f o r DSH l o a n s .

M cG irr Report: (Program 1/2)

2 . In a n sw e r t o a q u e s t i o n t a k e n o n n o t i c e t h e D e p a rtm e n t h a s

i n d i c a t e d t h a t a d e f i n i t e d e c i s i o n w as t a k e n b y t h e G o v e rn m en t

n o t t o c h a n g e t h e d i s a b i l i t y p e n s i o n p r o v i s i o n s a p p l y i n g t o

m a r i n e r s u n d e r t h e S e a m e n 's War P e n s i o n s a n d A llo w a n c e s A c t.

War Widows (Program 1)

3. I n a n s w e r t o a q u e s t i o n o n n o t i c e i t w as s t a t e d t h a t t h e

D e p a rtm e n t h a s a n " o n g o in g p ro g r a m o f r e v i e w i n g e x i s t i n g

p o l i c y t o e n s u r e t h a t t h e n e e d s o f v e t e r a n s a n d t h e i r

d e p e n d a n ts a r e p r o p e r l y c a t e r e d f o r " .

4 . T h o se w ar w idow s who f a c e d i s c r i m i n a t i o n a s c o m p a re d w i t h

t h e i r c i v i l i a n c o u n t e r p a r t s a p p e a r t o h a v e b e e n e x c lu d e d fro m

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Integration (Program 2)

5 . E x - s e r v i c e o r g a n i s a t i o n s h a v e r a i s e d s e r i o u s q u e s t i o n s w i t h

r e g a r d t o t h e p o s s i b l e e f f e c t s on q u a l i t y o f c a r e a n d p r i o r i t y

o f a c c e s s f o r v e t e r a n s a n d w a r w idow s s h o u l d i n t e g r a t i o n

p r o c e e d .

6 . I t w as r e m a r k a b l e t o n o t e t h a t i n t h e h e a r i n g s t h e

D e p a rtm e n t i n d i c a t e d i t h a d o n l y v e r y b r o a d e s t i m a t e s o f t h e

c o s t o f im p le m e n tin g t h e P r i v a t e P a t i e n t S ch em e.

7 . No d e t a i l s w e re m ade a v a i l a b l e o n t h e n a t u r e o f t h e

f i n a n c i a l a r r a n g e m e n ts b e i n g n e g o t i a t e d w i t h t h e S t a t e s .

8 . S in c e t h e h e a r i n g s t h e C om m onw ealth a n d T a s m a n ia n S t a t e

G o v e rn m e n ts h a v e a n n o u n c e d t h a t t h e y h a v e r e a c h e d a g r e e m e n t

on t h e t r a n s f e r o f H o b a r t R e p a t r i a t i o n G e n e r a l H o s p i t a l .

Claims System (Program 4)

9 . D i s c u s s i o n on t h e v o lu m e o f d e c i s i o n s o f t h e R e p a t r i a t i o n

C o m m issio n b e i n g o v e r t u r n e d a t t h e V e t e r a n s ' R e v ie w B o ard

y i e l d e d g e n e r a l a g r e e m e n t t h a t i t i s u n a c c e p t a b l e a n d t h a t i t

r a i s e s q u e s t i o n s o f b o t h e q u i t y a n d c o s t .

Australian War Memorial (Program 5)

1 0 . A t t h e t i m e o f w r i t i n g no r e s p o n s e s t o q u e s t i o n s t a k e n on

n o t i c e b y t h e A u s t r a l i a n War M em o rial h a d b e e n r e c e i v e d .

1 1 . I w o u ld r e s e r v e t h e r i g h t t o f u r t h e r i n v e s t i g a t e a n y

m a t t e r s a r i s i n g fro m t h e s e r e s p o n s e s .

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

J o c e l y n Newman S e n a t o r f o r T a sm a n ia

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S E N A T O R KAY P A T T E R S O N

SENATOR FOR VICTORIA

8 O c to b e r 1991

Mr P H a lla h a n

S e c r e t a r y E s t i m a t e s C o m m itte e E

P a r l i a m e n t H ouse

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D e a r Mr H a ll a h a n

By way o f r e s e r v a t i o n , I recom m end t h a t t h e f o l l o w i n g m a t t e r s

r e l a t i n g t o e s t i m a t e s o f e x p e n d i t u r e b y t h e D e p a rtm e n t o f

H e a l t h , H o u s in g a n d C om m unity S e r v i c e s b e s u b j e c t t o f u r t h e r

c o n s i d e r a t i o n b y t h e S e n a t e :

GENERAL:

1) The n o n - a v a i l a b i l i t y o f t h e D e p a r t m e n t 's A n n u a l R e p o r t

a n d i n f o r m a t i o n i n i t t h a t h a s n o t b e e n s u b j e c t t o

e s t i m a t e s s c r u t i n y .

3) Q u e s t i o n s On N o t i c e t h a t r e m a in u n a n s w e re d .

SPE C IFIC :

1) The N a t i o n a l H e a l t h a n d M e d ic a l R e s e a r c h C o u n c il

G u i d e l i n e s f o r t h e U se o f G e n e tic R e g i s t e r s i n M e d ic a l

R e s e a r c h . ( S u b p ro g ra m 1 .4 )

2) E m ploym ent S e r v i c e s f o r P e o p le w i t h D i s a b i l i t i e s .

(S u b p ro g ra m 4 .2 )

3) T h e r a p e u t i c Goods P ro g ra m , i n c l u d i n g t h e Baume R ev iew

a n d t h e R e g u l a t i o n o f I m p o r te d a n d E x p o r te d T h e r a p e u t i c

P r o d u c t s . (P ro g ra m 5 .0 )

4) D e p e r s o n a l i s a t i o n o f M e d ic a re a n d P h a r m a c e u t i c a l

B e n e f i t s i n f o r m a t i o n h e l d b y t h e H e a l t h I n s u r a n c e

C o m m issio n a n d t h e D e p a rtm e n t o f H e a l t h , H o u sin g a n d

C om m unity S e r v i c e s . (P ro g ra m 6 .0 )

5) F i n a n c i a l S u p p o r t t o S e r v i c e P r o v i d e r s , i n c l u d i n g

M e d ic a re B e n e f i t s a n d V o c a t i o n a l R e g i s t r a t i o n .

(S u b p ro g ra m 6 .1 )

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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

S E N A T O R SHIRLEY W ALTERS

S E N A T O R FO R TASM ANIA

AFTER HOURS:

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Mr Peter Hallahan Secretary Estimates Committee E Parliament House

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Dear Mr Hallahan,

By way of reservation I recommend that the following matters arising from the Committee's consideration of the appropriations for the Department of Health Housing and Community Services on 10th and 19th September 1991 be subject to further consideration by the Senate:

* All Programs and Sub Programs for which the Minister or Departmental Officers requested that Questions be taken on notice and for which answers have been subsequently provided or still remain to be answered.

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, particularly AIDS and HIV; Ptor^AH Assistance for People with Disabilities, particularly Employment and Accommodation Services; 9$C&FMA Lf -Ji £ Health Care Access, particularly Medicare and Pharmacy. A .

Yours sincerely,

Shirley Walters Senator for Tasmania.

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8 O c to b e r 1991

Mr P e t e r H a lla h a n

S e c r e t a r y E s t i m a t e s C o m m ittee E

P a r l i a m e n t H ouse

CANBERRA ACT 2600

D e a r Mr H a lla h a n

By way o f r e s e r v a t i o n I recom m end t h a t t h e f o l l o w i n g m a t t e r s

a r i s i n g fro m t h e C o m m itte e 's c o n s i d e r a t i o n o f t h e a p p r o p r i a t i o n s

f o r t h e D e p a rtm e n t o f H e a l t h , H o u s in g a n d C om m unity S e r v i c e s on

10 a n d 19 S e p te m b e r 1991 b e s u b j e c t t o f u r t h e r c o n s i d e r a t i o n b y

t h e S e n a t e :

1 . P ro g ra m 4 - A s s i s t a n c e f o r P e o p le w i t h D i s a b i l i t i e s ;

2 . P ro g ra m 6 - H e a l t h C a re A c c e s s

Y ours s i n c e r e l y

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8 October 1991

Mr P. Hallahan, Secretary, Estimates Committee "E", Parliament House,

CANBERRA A.C.T. 2600

Dear Mr Hallahan,

ESTIMATES COMMITTEE E REPORT TO THE SENATE

RESERVATION BY SENATOR HARRADINE

By way of reservation I recommend that the following matters relating to the estimates of expenditure referred to the Committee be further examined by the Senate.

Department o f Health, Housing and Community Services

1. Written reply to question about the Australian Health Ethics Committee. 6-1 2. Written reply to question about Medicare abortion statistics. I ^3. Written reply to question about NH&MRC grants for 1992 and the apparent failure of the Department to supply the requested information to the Committee.

4. Program 5 - Written reply to question about the drug RU-486. 5. Sub-program 1.3 - Family planning allocation. 6. Sub-program 1.4 - Research (genetic registers).

Attorney-General's Department

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'“Wld-lS. Written reply to question about the CEDAW Monitoring Committee (E98).

Senator Brian Harradine

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

SENATOR IAN M ACDONALD

UBFRAl SENATOR FOR QUEENSLAND

8 t h O c to b e r 1991

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1 . P ro g ra m 4 .8 - I am a w a i t i n g p r o v i s i o n o f d e t a i l s o f r e v e n u e

r a i s e d b y t h e i m p o s i t i o n o f a S e t t i n g Down F ee on a l l F e d e r a l

C o u r t s a n d T r i b u n a l s and w h a t new s e r v i c e s a r e t o b e p r o v i d e d

w i t h t h e r e v e n u e r e s u l t i n g ( E s t i m a t e s H a n s a r d , p a g e E63)

2 . A ls o i n P ro g ra m 4 . 8 - 1 a w a i t d e t a i l s o f t h e num ber o f p e o p l e

who p a y f e e s t o c o u r t s , an d t h e num ber o f p e o p l e who h a v e t h e

p a y m e n t o f f e e s e x e m p te d b e c a u s e o f s p e c i a l r e a s o n s .

3 . I n r e l a t i o n t o S u b -P ro g ra m 2 . 2 , I w is h t o d e b a t e t h e ti m e w hen

t h e A u s t r a l i a n S e c u r i t i e s C o m m issio n i n v e s t i g a t i o n i n t o t h e

R a v e n sh o e M i l l p ay m en t w i l l b e c o m p l e t e d , w h ic h w e re r e f e r r e d t o

a t p a g e s E19 a n d E26 o f t h e S e n a t e E s t i m a t e s H a n s a rd .

4 . I a l s o w is h t o r a i s e f u r t h e r t h e q u e s t i o n o f p a y m e n ts t o t h e

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5 . I n r e l a t i o n t o S u b -P ro g ra m 6 .6 S p e c i a l I n v e s t i g a t i o n s U n i t ,

I w is h t o r a i s e t h e q u e s t i o n o f t h e t o t a l am o u n t o f fu n d s s p e n t

r e l a t i n g t o War C rim es I n v e s t i g a t i o n s a n d p r o s e c u t i o n s r e f e r r e d

t o a t p a g e E90 o f t h e S e n a te E s t i m a t e s H a n s a r d .

T he l e t t e r a d v i s i n g u s o f t h e n e e d t o a d v i s e r e s e r v a t i o n s i s

d a t e d to d a y a n d was o n ly b r o u g h t t o my a t t e n t i o n a f t e r 4PM.

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F a s c i m i l e 3 8 9 9 .

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By w ay o f r e s e r v a t i o n , I recom m end t h a t t h e f o l l o w i n g m a t t e r s be

f u r t h e r e x a m in e d b y t h e S e n a t e .

A t t o r n e y - G e n e r a l ' s D e p t P rogram m e P e r f o r m a n c e S t a t e m e n t s : S I ,

p . 1 4 , S o c i a l J u s t i c e a n d t h e m a t t e r s r a i s e d a t E6 a n d E7 w h ich

c o u l d a l s o b e d i s c u s s e d u n d e r 4 .8 i f a program m e i s r e q u i r e d .

3 . 1 . 2 Human R i g h t s a n d E q u a l O p p o r t u n i t y C o m m issio n ,

p a r t i c u l a r l y r e l a t i n g t o d i s c r i m a t i o n i n i n d u s t r i a l

m a t t e r s

4 .2 F a m ily C o u r t o f A u s t r a l i a a n d i n p a r t i c u l a r e f f o r t s t o

r e d u c e t h e c o s t o f j u s t i c e

4 .7 C o u r ts B u i l d i n g S e r v i c e s , s p e c i f i c a l l y t h e n e e d f o r a

F e d e r a l C o u r t B u i l d i n g i n A d e la id e

4 .8 C o u r ts a n d T r i b u n a l s P o l i c y , p a r t i c u l a r l y t h e new

' s e t t i n g d o w n ' f e e s a n d c o s t o f j u s t i c e m a t t e r s .

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S enator Mai C olston PARLIAMENT HOUSE

CANBERRA A C T . 26( TEL (06) 277 3100 FAX (06) 277 3694

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S e c r e t a r y S e n a t e E s t i m a t e s C o m m itte e E

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( A u s t r a l i a n F e d e r a l P o l i c e ) i n t h e P ro g ra m P e r f o r m a n c e S t a t e m e n t s

o f t h e A t t o r n e y - G e n e r a l ' s P o r t f o l i o f o r 1 9 9 1 / 9 2 .

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

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1 . PUBLIC MEETING

The C o m m ittee m e t a t 1.30pm i n S e n a t e C o m m ittee Room 2S1.

The C h a irm a n , S e n a t o r C o o n ey , t o o k t h e C h a i r .

2 . PARTICULARS OF PROPOSED ADDITIONAL EXPENDITURE 1 9 9 1 -1 9 9 2 - ATTORNEY-GENERAL' S DEPARTMENT

I n a t t e n d a n c e : S e n a t o r t h e H on. M ic h a e l T a t e , M i n i s t e r f o r

J u s t i c e a n d C onsum er A f f a i r s , a c c o m p a n ie d b y t h e f o l l o w i n g

o f f i c e r s :

A t t o r n e y - G e n e r a l ' s D e p a rtm e n t

A la n R ose S e c r e t a r y

S te p h e n S k e h i l l D e p u ty S e c r e t a r y

Norman R e a b u rn D e p u ty S e c r e t a r y

M ike C ra m s ie A /g F i r s t A s s i s t a n t S e c r e t a r y

C o r p o r a te S e r v i c e s D i v i s i o n

O l i v e r W in d e r F i r s t A s s i s t a n t S e c r e t a r y , O f f i c e

o f L e g a l A id a n d F a m ily S e r v i c e s

J o h n D i c k i e C h ie f C e n s o r , O f f i c e o f F ilm and

L i t e r a t u r e C l a s s i f i c a t i o n

Graham B l e w i t t

T e r r y G a l l a g h e r

A /g D i r e c t o r , S p e c i a l

I n v e s t i g a t i o n s U n it

A s s i s t a n t S e c r e t a r y , F i n a n c i a l

M anagem ent a n d G e n e ra l S e r v i c e s

M ike F i s h D i r e c t o r , F in a n c e S e c t i o n

O f f i c e o f P a r l i a m e n t a r y C o u n s e l

I a n T u r n b u l l QC, F i r s t P a r l i a m e n t a r y C o u n s e l

R ic h a r d S a r v a a s A /g S e c o n d P a r l i a m e n t a r y C o u n se l

( F in a n c e )

Don S p e d d in g A d m i n i s t r a t i v e O f f i c e r

A u s t r a l i a n S e c u r i t i e s C o m m issio n

C h a r le s W illia m s D e p u ty C h a irm a n

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E x e c u t i v e D i r e c t o r , I n f o r m a t i o n

D i v i s i o n G e n e r a l M a n a g e r, IPC (M o rw e ll)

P r o j e c t D i r e c t o r , IPC

P r o j e c t M a n a g e r, IPC

T ra d e P r a c t i c e s C o m m issio n

Hank S p i e r F i r s t A s s i s t a n t C o m m is s io n e r

E n fo r c e m e n t a n d L e g a l D i v i s i o n

Human R i g h t s &

K e v in 0 ' C onnor C h r is S i d o t i

B i l l Chapman N ig e l W a te rs

E q u a l O p p o r t u n i t y C o m m issio n

P r i v a c y C o m m is s io n e r A / g R a c e D i s c r i m i n a t i o n

C o m m issio n e r A /g S e c r e t a r y

H e ad , P r i v a c y B ra n c h

F e d e r a l C o u r t o f A u s t r a l i a

Jim Howard R e g i s t r a r

M aureen Crowe M an a g er C o r p o r a t e S e r v i c e s

F a m ily C o u r t o f A u s t r a l i a

Len G l a r e C h i e f E x e c u t iv e O f f i c e r

I a n L oughnan P r i n c i p a l R e g i s t r a r

B ru c e F r a n k la n d P r i n c i p a l D i r e c t o r o f

A d m i n i s t r a t i o n

S uprem e C o u r t o f t h e ACT

A la n T o w i l l R e g i s t r a r

A d m i n i s t r a t i v e A p p e a ls T r i b u n a l

D a v id S c h u lz R e g i s t r a r

H ig h C o u rt o f A u s t r a l i a

Ron G. R o se C l e r k o f t h e H ig h C o u r t

Lex H ow ard S e n i o r D e p u t y M a r s h a l

(A d m i n i s t r a t i o n )

A u s t r a l i a n F e d e r a l P o l i c e

A d r ia n W h id d e tt A c ti n g D e p u ty C o m m is s io n e r

S te v e G a v in A s s o c i a t e C o m m is s io n e r

Bob M i l l s A s s i s t a n t S e c r e t a r y , R e s o u r c e s

N a t i o n a l C rim e A u t h o r i t y

D e n is L e n ih a n C h i e f E x e c u t iv e O f f i c e r

Dene Hawke D e p u ty C h ie f E x e c u t i v e O f f i c e r

A u s t r a l i a n B u re a u o f C r i m in a l

K e it h Askew D i r e c t o r I n t e l l i g e n c e

A la n L u t h e r E x e c u t iv e O f f i c e r

S te v e n D ixon A d m i n i s t r a t i v e O f f i c e r

C ash T r a n s a c t i o n R e p o r ts A gency

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O f f i c e o f t h e D i r e c t o r o f P u b l i c P r o s e c u t i o n s

P a u l C o g h la n A s s o c i a t e D i r e c t o r

I a n B erm ingham S e n i o r A s s i s t a n t D i r e c t o r

Tom M cK night S e n i o r A s s i s t a n t D i r e c t o r

The C o m m ittee e x a m in e d t h e p r o p o s e d e x p e n d i t u r e b y p ro g ra m

a s s e t o u t i n t h e P ro g ra m P e rf o rm a n c e S ta t e m e n t s 1 9 9 1 -9 2 .

The f o l l o w i n g d o c u m e n ts w e re t a b l e d a n d i n c o r p o r a t e d :

. Q u e s t i o n s p l a c e d o n n o t i c e b y S e n a t o r V a n s to n e

. L i s t o f C o s ts r e l a t i n g t o P ro g ra m 6 . 6 ; S p e c i a l

I n v e s t i g a t i o n U n it

. Q u e s t i o n s p l a c e d o n n o t i c e b y S e n a t o r H a r r a d i n e .

. Q u e s t i o n s p l a c e d o n n o t i c e b y S e n a t o r M a c d o n a ld .

The C o m m ittee c o n c lu d e d i t s c o n s i d e r a t i o n o f t h e p r o p o s e d

e x p e n d i t u r e f o r t h e A t t o r n e y - G e n e r a l ' s D e p a r tm e n t, s u b j e c t

t o u n d e r t a k i n g s t o p r o v i d e a d d i t i o n a l w r i t t e n i n f o r m a t i o n

t o t h e C o m m itte e .

3 . PARTICULARS OF PROPOSED EXPENDITURE 1 9 9 1 -9 2 - DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS

I n a t t e n d a n c e : S e n a t o r t h e H on. M ic h a e l T a t e , M i n i s t e r f o r

J u s t i c e a n d C onsum er A f f a i r s , a c c o m p a n ie d b y t h e f o l l o w i n g

o f f i c e r s :

D e p a rtm e n t o f V e t e r a n s ' A f f a i r s

Mr K e it h L yon D e p u ty P r e s i d e n t , R e p a t r i a t i o n

C om m ission

Mr R o b e r t Somes

Mr R ic h a r d B e a r

Mr G a r r y Webb

Mr R o b e r t Hay

A c tin g N a t i o n a l P ro g ra m D i r e c t o r ,

C o r p o r a te S e r v i c e s

A s s i s t a n t S e c r e t a r y , B u d g e t

A s s i s t a n t S e c r e t a r y , I n f o r m a t i o n

T e c h n o lo g y F a c i l i t i e s

A c tin g A s s i s t a n t S e c r e t a r y ,

P a r l i a m e n t a r y a n d C o r p o r a te

A f f a i r s

Ms F e l i c i t y B a r r A c tin g N a t i o n a l P ro g ra m D i r e c t o r ,

B e n e f i t s

Ms Kay G r im s le y A s s i s t a n t S e c r e t a r y , C o m p e n s a tio n

a n d R eview

Mr Jim D a lto n A s s i s t a n t S e c r e t a r y , C o m p e n s a tio n

a n d R eview

Mr Don F a g e t A c tin g A s s i s t a n t

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Mr Tony A s h f o r d N a t i o n a l P ro g ra m D i r e c t o r , H e a l t h

Dr G raem e K i l l e r P r i n c i p a l M e d ic a l A d v i s e r

Mr M ike G o l d s t e i n D e p u ty N a t i o n a l P ro g ra m D i r e c t o r ,

H e a l t h

Mr B i l l M axw ell A s s i s t a n t S e c r e t a r y , H o s p i t a l

S e r v i c e s

Mr J o h n Z a r e c k y A s s i s t a n t S e c r e t a r y , C om m unity-

b a s e d H e a l t h C a re

Mr B ru c e M anning A s s i s t a n t S e c r e t a r y , H e a l t h

P ro g ra m M anagem ent a n d S e r v i c e s

Mr A r t h u r E d g a r A s s i s t a n t S e c r e t a r y , H o s p i t a l

I n t e g r a t i o n

Mr P a t r i c k C a l l i o n i A s s i s t a n t S e c r e t a r y , H e a l t h

P la n n i n g

Ms A l i s o n T u r n e r A s s i s t a n t S e c r e t a r y , TAS/PARS

R ev iew

Mr F r e d W oodhouse P r i n c i p a l R e g i s t r a r , V e t e r a n 's

R ev iew B o ard

Mr B re n d o n K e ls o n D i r e c t o r A u s t r a l i a n War M e m o ria l

Mr J o h n P e a r s o n A s s i s t a n t S e c r e t a r y ,

A d m i n i s t r a t i o n B ra n c h

Mr A la n H eggen D i r e c t o r , O f f i c e o f A u s t r a l i a n

War G ra v e s

The C o m m itte e e x a m in e d t h e p r o p o s e d e x p e n d i t u r e by p ro g ra m

a s s e t o u t i n t h e P ro g ra m P e rf o rm a n c e S t a t e m e n t s 1 9 9 1 -9 2 ,

D e p a rtm e n t o f V e t e r a n 's A f f a i r s .

The f o l l o w i n g d o c u m e n ts w e re t a b l e d a n d i n c o r p o r a t e d :

. D e r i v a t i o n t a b l e s f o r A t t o r n e y - G e n e r a l ' s , O f f i c e o f

P a r l i a m e n t a r y C o u n s e l , ABCI, NCA, F e d e r a l C o u r t , AFP

a n d Law R efo rm C o m m issio n .

. The O f f i c e o f I n t e r n a t i o n a l Law - Q u a l i t y an d

P r o c e d u r a l S t a n d a r d s .

. Q u e s t i o n s p l a c e d o n n o t i c e by S e n a t o r C a m p b e ll.

. Q u e s t i o n s p l a c e d o n n o t i c e b y S e n a t o r V a n s t o n e .

The C o m m itte e s u s p e n d e d i t s c o n s i d e r a t i o n o f t h e p r o p o s e d

e x p e n d i t u r e f o r t h e D e p a rtm e n t o f V e t e r a n s ' A f f a i r s .

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The C o m m ittee a d j o u r n e d a t 11.30pm o n T h u r s d a y , 5 S e p te m b e r

1 9 9 1 .

5 . ATTENDANCE

S e n a t o r s C ooney ( C h a ir m a n ) , F a u l k n e r , H e r r o n , Newman,

P a t t e r s o n , M a c d o n a ld , C a m p b e ll, V a n s to n e a n d W e st.

A ls o i n a t t e n d a n c e w e re S e n a t o r s P a n i z z a , C o l s t o n , B o s w e ll

a n d R e id .

CONFIRMED

B . Cooney CHAIRMAN

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T u e s d a y 10 S e p te m b e r 1991

1 . PUBLIC MEETING

The C o m m ittee m et a t 7.30pm i n S e n a te C o m m itte e Room 2 S 1 . The

C h a irm a n , S e n a t o r C ooney, t o o k t h e C h a i r .

2 . PARTICULARS OF PROPOSED EXPENDITURE 1 9 9 1 -1 9 9 2 - DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS

I n a t t e n d a n c e : S e n a t o r t h e H on. M ic h a e l T a t e , M i n i s t e r f o r

J u s t i c e a n d C onsum er A f f a i r s , a c c o m p a n ie d b y t h e f o l l o w i n g

o f f i c e r s :

D e p a rtm e n t o f V e t e r a n s '

Mr K e it h Lyon A f f a i r s

D e p u ty P r e s i d e n t , R e p a t r i a t i o n

C om m ission

Mr R o b e r t Somes A c ti n g N a t i o n a l P ro g ra m D i r e c t o r ,

C o r p o r a te S e r v i c e s

Mr R i c h a r d B e a r A s s i s t a n t S e c r e t a r y , B u d g e t

Mr G a rry Webb A s s i s t a n t S e c r e t a r y , I n f o r m a t i o n

T e c h n o lo g y F a c i l i t i e s

Mr R o b e r t Hay A c ti n g A s s i s t a n t S e c r e t a r y ,

P a r l i a m e n t a r y a n d C o r p o r a t e

A f f a i r s

Ms F e l i c i t y B a r r A c ti n g N a t i o n a l P ro g ra m D i r e c t o r ,

B e n e f i t s

Ms Kay G rim s le y A s s i s t a n t S e c r e t a r y , C o m p e n s a tio n

a n d R eview

Mr Jim D a lto n A s s i s t a n t S e c r e t a r y , C o m p e n s a tio n

a n d R eview

Mr Don F a g e t A c ti n g A s s i s t a n t S e c r e t a r y ,

H o u sin g A s s i s t a n c e

Mr Tony A s h fo rd N a t i o n a l P ro g ra m D i r e c t o r , H e a l t h

Dr G raem e K i l l e r P r i n c i p a l M e d ic a l A d v i s e r

Mr M ike G o l d s t e i n D e p u ty N a t i o n a l P ro g ra m D i r e c t o r ,

H e a lth

329

Mr B i l l M axw ell A s s i s t a n t S e c r e t a r y ,

S e r v i c e s

H o s p i t a l

Mr Jo h n Z a re c k y A s s i s t a n t S e c r e t a r y ,

b a s e d H e a l th C a re

C om m unity-

Mr B ru c e M anning A s s i s t a n t S e c r e t a r y ,

P ro g ra m M anagem ent a n d , H e a l th

S e r v i c e s

Mr A r t h u r E d g a r A s s i s t a n t S e c r e t a r y ,

I n t e g r a t i o n

H o s p i t a l

Mr P a t r i c k C a l l i o n i A s s i s t a n t S e c r e t a r y

P la n n i n g

, H e a l th

Ms A l i s o n T u r n e r A s s i s t a n t S e c r e t a r y ,

R eview

TAS/PARS

Mr F r e d W oodhouse P r i n c i p a l R e g i s t r a r ,

R eview B o a rd

V e t e r a n s '

Mr B re n d o n K e ls o n D i r e c t o r A u s t r a l i a n War M em o rial

Mr J o h n P e a r s o n A s s i s t a n t S e c

A d m i n i s t r a t i o n B ra n c h r e t a r y ,

Mr A la n H eggen D i r e c t o r , O f f i c e o f

War G ra v e s

A u s t r a l i a n

The C o m m itte e e x a m in e d t h e p r o p o s e d e x p e n d i t u r e b y p ro g ra m a s s e t

o u t i n t h e P ro g ra m P e r f o r m a n c e S ta t e m e n t s 1 9 9 1 -9 2 , D e p a rtm e n t o f

V e t e r a n s ' A f f a i r s .

The f o l l o w i n g d o c u m e n ts w e re t a b l e d an d i n c o r p o r a t e d :

. Q u e s t i o n s p l a c e d on n o t i c e by S e n a t o r A l s t o n

. Q u e s t i o n s p l a c e d on n o t i c e by S e n a t o r S h o r t .

The C o m m itte e c o n c lu d e d i t s c o n s i d e r a t i o n o f t h e p r o p o s e d

e x p e n d i t u r e f o r t h e D e p a rtm e n t o f V e t e r a n s ' A f f a i r s .

3 . PARTICULARS OF PROPOSED EXPENDITURE 1 9 9 1 -9 2 - DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, HOUSING AND COMMUNITY SERVICES

D e p a rtm e n t o f H e a l t h , H o u sin g a n d C om m unity S e r v i c e s

M ick R oche D e p u ty S e c r e t a r y

G le n R ees D e p u ty S e c r e t a r y

A la n B an sem er D e p u ty S e c r e t a r y

M ary M urnane F i r s t A s s i s t a n t S e c r e t a r y Aged

an d C om m unity C a re

B a r r y W ig h t F i r s t A s s i s t a n t S e c r e t a r y C h ild

C a re

330

M a r g a r e t F o rd F i r s t A s s i s t a n t S e c r e t a r y

C o r p o r a t e S e r v i c e s

B r i a n C o r c o r a n F i r s t A s s i s t a n t S e c r e t a r y

D i s a b i l i t y P ro g ra m s

B r i a n M ac d o n ald A s s i s t a n t S e c r e t a r y

R e h a b i l i t a t i o n S e r v i c e s B ra n c h ,

D i s a b i l i t y P ro g ra m s

T e r r y S l a t e r F i r s t A s s i s t a n t S e c r e t a r y

H e a l t h A d v an cem en t

M ary S c o t t A s s i s t a n t S e c r e t a r y AIDS

P o l i c y a n d P r o g r a m s , H e a l t h

A d v an cem en t

L iz F u r l e r A s s i s t a n t S e c r e t a r y H e a l t h

P ro m o tio n a n d D e v e lo p m e n t, H e a l t h

A d v an cem en t

I a n M cN eil F i r s t A s s i s t a n t S e c r e ta r y -

H e a l t h C a re A c c e s s

D a l l a s A r i o t t i A s s i s t a n t S e c r e t a r y H e a l th C a re

E v a l u a t i o n B r a n c h , H e a l th C a re

A c c e s s

J o a n L ip sc o m b e A s s i s t a n t S e c r e t a r y H e a l th

C a re S t r a t e g i e s , H e a l t h C a re

A c c e s s

B r ia n C h a n d le r A s s i s t a n t S e c r e t a r y H o s p i t a l s

a n d H e a l th S e r v i c e s , H e a l t h C a re

A c c e s s

C o l B a i l e y A s s i s t a n t S e c r e t a r y M e d ic a re

B e n e f i t s B ra n c h , H e a l t h C a re

A c c e s s

J o h n Loy F i r s t A s s i s t a n t S e c r e t a r y

H e a l t h R e s e a r c h a n d S e r v i c e s

Dr Jo h n P r im r o s e P r i n c i p a l M e d i c a l A d v i s o r

P h a r m a c e u t i c a l B e n e f i t s B ra n c h

I a n C a m p b e ll F i r s t A s s i s t a n t S e c r e t a r y

H o u sin g

M a rc ia F u r l e r A /g F i r s t A s s i s t a n t S e c r e t a r y

I n f o r m a t i o n S e r v i c e s

W arren B u t l e r O p e r a t i o n s M an ag er N a t i o n a l

A c o u s t i c s L a b o r a t o r i e s

P a t G r i f f i n E x e c u t iv e M an ag er N a t i o n a l

Food A u t h o r i t y

331

A la n S te v e n s

J e f f r e y H arm er

C l a u d i a Thame

I a n W in g e tt

J o h n C a b le

B r e w s te r A s h le y

P e t e r P fla u m

Ken H a z e l l

M. M u rra y

M ic h a e l W helan

Jo h n N e a rh o s

C h r i s t i n e F u so

A /g P r i n c i p a l A d v i s o r

P h a r m a c e u t i c a l B e n e f i t s

F i r s t A s s i s t a n t S e c r e t a r y

P o l i c y D e v e lo p m e n t

A /g P r i n c i p a l A d v is o r P o l i c y

D e v e lo p m e n t

A s s i s t a n t S e c r e t a r y P ro g ra m

S u p p o r t a n d D e v e lo p m e n t, P o l i c y

D e v e lo p m e n t

A / g N a t i o n a l M a n a g e r

T h e r a p e u t i c G oods A d m i n i s t r a t i o n

A s s i s t a n t S e c r e t a r y D rug

E v a l u a t i o n B r a n c h , T h e r a p e u t i c

Goods A d m i n i s t r a t i o n

T h e r a p e u t i c Goods A d m i n i s t r a t i o n

A s s i s t a n t G e n e r a l M an ag er

H e a l th B e n e f i t s H e a l th

I n s u r a n c e C o m m issio n

A s s i s t a n t G e n e r a l M an ag er

F in a n c e a n d P la n n i n g H e a l th

I n s u r a n c e C o m m issio n

M anager A c c o u n tin g H e a l th

I n s u r a n c e C o m m issio n

M e d ic a l D i r e c t o r H e a lth

I n s u r a n c e C o m m issio n

A /g H ead o f C o r p o r a t e S e r v i c e s

A u s t r a l i a n I n s t i t u t e o f H e a l t h

Tony G r e v i l l e A /g H e ad , W e lf a r e D i v i s i o n

A u s t r a l i a n I n s t i t u t e o f H e a l t h

The C o m m ittee e x a m in e d t h e p r o p o s e d e x p e n d i t u r e b y p ro g r a m a s s e t

o u t i n t h e P ro g ra m P e r f o r m a n c e S ta t e m e n t s 1 9 9 1 -9 2 , D e p a rtm e n t o f

H e a l t h , H o u sin g a n d C om m unity S e r v i c e s .

The f o l l o w i n g d o c u m e n ts w e re t a b l e d a n d i n c o r p o r a t e d :

. Q u e s tio n s p l a c e d on n o t i c e b y S e n a t o r Newman

. Q u e s tio n s p l a c e d o n n o t i c e b y S e n a t o r T a m b lin g

. Q u e s tio n s p l a c e d o n n o t i c e b y S e n a t o r B o s w e ll

. Q u e s tio n s p l a c e d o n n o t i c e b y S e n a t o r S h o r t

332

The C o m m ittee s u s p e n d e d i t s c o n s i d e r a t i o n o f t h e p r o p o s e d

e x p e n d i t u r e f o r t h e D e p a rtm e n t o f H e a l t h , H o u s in g a n d C om m unity

S e r v i c e s .

4 . ADJOURNMENT

The C o m m ittee a d j o u r n e d a t 11.31pm on T u e s d a y 10 S e p te m b e r

1991.

5 . ATTENDANCE

S e n a t o r s C ooney ( C h a ir m a n ) , G i l e s , H e r r o n , Newman,

P a t t e r s o n , W a lt e r s a n d W e s t.

A ls o i n a t t e n d a n c e was S e n a t o r C o l s t o n .

CONFIRMED:

B.Cooney CHAIRMAN

333

ESTIMATES COMMITTEE Έ '

M in u te s o f M e e tin g No. 3 6 /1 4

T h u r s d a y 12 S e p te m b e r 1991

1 . PUBLIC MEETING

The C o m m itte e m e t a t 4.2 6 p m i n S e n a te C o m m itte e Room 2 S 1 . The

C h a irm a n , S e n a t o r C o o n ey , t o o k t h e C h a i r .

2 . PARTICULARS OF PROPOSED EXPENDITURE 1 9 9 1 -9 2 - DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, HOUSING AND COMMUNITY SERVICES

D e p a rtm e n t o f H e a l t h , H o u s in g a n d C om m unity S e r v i c e s

M ick R oche D e p u ty S e c r e t a r y

G le n R ees D e p u ty S e c r e t a r y

A la n B an se m e r D e p u ty S e c r e t a r y

M ary M urnane F i r s t A s s i s t a n t S e c r e t a r y Aged

a n d C om m unity C a re

B a r r y W ig h t F i r s t A s s i s t a n t S e c r e t a r y C h ild

C a re

M a r g a r e t F o rd

B r i a n C o r c o r a n

B r ia n M ac d o n ald

T e r r y S l a t e r

F i r s t A s s i s t a n t S e c r e t a r y

C o r p o r a te S e r v i c e s

F i r s t A s s i s t a n t S e c r e t a r y

D i s a b i l i t y P ro g ra m s

A s s i s t a n t S e c r e t a r y

R e h a b i l i t a t i o n S e r v i c e s B ra n c h ,

D i s a b i l i t y P ro g ra m s

F i r s t A s s i s t a n t S e c r e t a r y

H e a l th A dv an cem en t

M ary S c o t t

L iz F u r l e r

A s s i s t a n t S e c r e t a r y AIDS

P o l i c y a n d P ro g ra m s , H e a lth

A dvancem ent

A s s i s t a n t S e c r e t a r y H e a lth

P ro m o tio n a n d D e v e lo p m e n t, H e a lth

A dvancem ent

I a n M cN eil F i r s t A s s i s t a n t

H e a l th C a re A c c e ss

S e c r e t a r y

334

D a l l a s A r i o t t i A s s i s t a n t S e c r e t a r y H e a l t h C a re

E v a l u a t i o n B r a n c h , H e a l t h C a re

A c c e s s

J o a n L ip sc o m b e A s s i s t a n t S e c r e t a r y H e a lth

C a re S t r a t e g i e s , H e a l t h C a re

A c c e s s

B r ia n C h a n d le r A s s i s t a n t S e c r e t a r y H o s p i t a l s

a n d H e a l t h S e r v i c e s , H e a l t h C are

A c c e s s

C ol B a i l e y A s s i s t a n t S e c r e t a r y M e d ic a re

B e n e f i t s B r a n c h , H e a l t h C are

A c c e s s

J o h n Loy F i r s t A s s i s t a n t S e c r e t a r y

H e a l t h R e s e a r c h a n d S e r v i c e s

Dr J o h n P r im r o s e P r i n c i p a l M e d i c a l A d v i s o r

P h a r m a c e u t i c a l B e n e f i t s B ra n c h

I a n C a m p b e ll F i r s t A s s i s t a n t S e c r e t a r y

H o u s in g

M a rc ia F u r l e r A /g F i r s t A s s i s t a n t S e c r e t a r y

I n f o r m a t i o n S e r v i c e s

W a rre n B u t l e r O p e r a t i o n s M an ag er N a t i o n a l

A c o u s t i c s L a b o r a t o r i e s

P a t G r i f f i n E x e c u t i v e M an ag er N a t i o n a l

F ood A u t h o r i t y

A la n S te v e n s A /g P r i n c i p a l A d v is o r

P h a r m a c e u t i c a l B e n e f i t s

J e f f r e y H arm er F i r s t A s s i s t a n t S e c r e t a r y

P o l i c y D e v e lo p m e n t

C l a u d ia Thame A /g P r i n c i p a l A d v i s o r P o l i c y

D e v e lo p m e n t

I a n W in g e tt A s s i s t a n t S e c r e t a r y P ro g ra m

S u p p o r t and D e v e lo p m e n t, P o l i c y

D e v e lo p m e n t

Jo h n C a b le A / g N a t i o n a l M a n a g e r

T h e r a p e u t i c G oods A d m i n i s t r a t i o n

B r e w s te r A s h le y A s s i s t a n t S e c r e t a r y Drug

E v a l u a t i o n B r a n c h , T h e r a p e u t i c

G oods A d m i n i s t r a t i o n

P e t e r P fla u m T h e r a p e u t i c G oods A d m i n i s t r a t i o n

335

Ken H a z e l l A s s i s t a n t G e n e r a l

H e a l t h B e n e f i t s

I n s u r a n c e C o m m issio n

M an a g er H e a l th

M. M u rra y A s s i s t a n t G e n e r a l

F in a n c e a n d P l a n n i n g

I n s u r a n c e C o m m issio n

M a n a g e r H e a l th

M ic h a e l W h elan M anager A c c o u n tin g

I n s u r a n c e C o m m issio n H e a l th

Jo h n N e a rh o s M e d ic a l D i r e c t o r

I n s u r a n c e C om m ission H e a l th

C h r i s t i n e F u so A /g H ead o f C o r p o r a te S e r v i c e s

A u s t r a l i a n I n s t i t u t e o f H e a l t h

Tony G r e v i l l e A /g H e ad , W e lf a r e

A u s t r a l i a n I n s t i t u t e

D i v i s i o n

o f H e a l t h

The C o m m ittee e x a m in e d t h e p r o p o s e d e x p e n d i t u r e b y p ro g ra m a s s e t

o u t i n t h e P ro g ra m P e r f o r m a n c e S ta t e m e n t s 1 9 9 1 -9 2 , D e p a rtm e n t o f

H e a l t h , H o u sin g a n d C om m unity S e r v i c e s .

The f o l l o w i n g d o c u m e n ts w e re t a b l e d a n d i n c o r p o r a t e d :

. Q u e s t i o n s p l a c e d o n n o t i c e b y S e n a t o r Kemp t o t h e A t t o r n e y -

G e n e r a l 's D e p a r tm e n t, D e p a rtm e n t o f H e a l t h , H o u s in g and

Com m unity S e r v i c e s a n d D e p a rtm e n t o f V e te r a n s A f f a i r s

. Q u e s t i o n s p l a c e d o n n o t i c e b y S e n a t o r P a t t e r s o n

. Q u e s t i o n s p l a c e d o n n o t i c e b y S e n a t o r R e y n o ld s

. Q u e s t i o n s p l a c e d o n n o t i c e b y S e n a t o r A l s t o n

The C o m m ittee s u s p e n d e d i t s c o n s i d e r a t i o n o f t h e p r o p o s e d

e x p e n d i t u r e f o r t h e D e p a rtm e n t o f H e a l t h , H o u sin g an d C om m unity

S e r v i c e s .

3 . PRIVATE MEETING

The C o m m ittee d i s c u s s e d p o s s i b l e f u t u r e s i t t i n g d a y s and

t i m e s . I t was a g r e e d t h a t t h e C o m m itte e w o u ld s i t on

19 S e p te m b e r a t 9 .0 0 am a n d t h a t c o n s i d e r a t i o n o f P ro g ra m 6

w o u ld b e p o s tp o n e d u n t i l a l l M embers o f t h e C o m m itte e w e re

p r e s e n t .

4 . ADJOURNMENT

The C o m m ittee a d j o u r n e d a t 11.52pm o n T u e sd a y 10 S e p te m b e r

1 9 9 1 .

5 . ATTENDANCE

S e n a t o r s C ooney ( C h a ir m a n ) , G i l e s , H e r r o n ,

P a t t e r s o n , W a lt e r s a n d W e s t.

A ls o i n a t t e n d a n c e w e re

a n d H i l l .

tors Colston, Kemp, Reynolds

CONFIRMED:

B.Cooney, Chairman

336

ESTIMATES COMMITTEE Έ '

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T u e s d a y 19 S e p te m b e r 1991

1 . PUBLIC MEETING

The C o m m ittee m et a t 9 .0 0 am i n S e n a t e C o m m itte e Room 2 S 1 . The

C h a irm a n , S e n a t o r C o o n ey , to o k t h e C h a i r .

2 . PARTICULARS OF PROPOSED EXPENDITURE 1 9 9 1 -9 2 - DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, HOUSING AND COMMUNITY SERVICES

D e p a rtm e n t o f H e a l t h , H o u s in g a n d C om m unity S e r v i c e s

Mr S t u a r t H a m ilto n S e c r e t a r y

Mr M ick R oche D e p u ty S e c r e t a r y

Mr A la n B ansem er D e p u ty S e c r e t a r y

Mr B a r r y W ight F i r s t A s s i s t a n t S e c r e t a r y

C h ild C a re

Ms M a r g a r e t F o rd F i r s t A s s i s t a n t S e c r e t a r y

C o r p o r a te S e r v i c e s

Mr T e r r y S l a t e r F i r s t A s s i s t a n t S e c r e t a r y

H e a l th A d v a n cem en t

Ms L iz F u r l e r

Dr M a r g a r e t Dean

Mr I a n M cN eil

Ms D a l l a s A r i o t t i

Ms G a il Batm an

A s s i s t a n t S e c r e t a r y H e a l t h

P ro m o tio n a n d D e v e lo p m e n t,

H e a lth A d v a n cem en t

M e d ic a l S e r v i c e s A d v i s o r

H e a l t h P r o m o t i o n a n d

D e v e l o p m e n t , H e a l t h

A dvancem ent

F i r s t A s s i s t a n t S e c r e t a r y

H e a lth C a re A c c e s s

A s s i s t a n t S e c r e t a r y H e a l t h

C a re E v a l u a t i o n B r a n c h ,

H e a lth C a re A c c e s s

A /g A s s i s t a n t S e c r e t a r y

H e a lth C a re S t r a t e g i e s ,

H e a lth C a re A c c e s s

337

Mr B r i a n C h a n d le r A s s i s t a n t S e c r e t a r y

H o s p i t a l s a n d H e a l t h

S e r v i c e s , H e a l t h C a re A c c e s s

Mr C o l B a i l e y A s s i s t a n t S e c r e t a r y

M e d ic a re B e n e f i t s B ra n c h ,

H e a l t h C a re A c c e s s

Mr I a n C a m p b e ll F i r s t A s s i s t a n t S e c r e t a r y

H o u s in g S e r v i c e s D i v i s i o n

Mr Bob B o a t w r i g h t A /g A s s i s t a n t S e c r e t a r y

L and D e v e lo p m e n t a n d H o u sin g I n d u s t r y B ra n c h

Ms M a r c ia P u r l e r A / g F i r s t A s s i s t a n t

S e c r e t a r y I n f o r m a t i o n

S e r v i c e s D i v i s i o n

Mr A la n S te v e n s A /g P r i n c i p a l A d v i s o r

P h a r m a c e u t i c a l B e n e f i t s

Dr J e f f r e y H arm er F i r s t A s s i s t a n t S e c r e t a r y

P o l i c y D e v e lo p m e n t

Dr C l a u d i a Thame A /g P r i n c i p a l A d v i s o r

P o l i c y D e v elo p m e n t

Dr J o h n P r i m r o s e P r i n c i p a l M e d ic a l A d v is o r

P h a r m a c e u t i c a l B e n e f i t s

B ra n c h

Mr I a n W in g e tt A s s i s t a n t S e c r e t a r y P ro g ra m

S u p p o r t a n d D e v e lo p m e n t,

P o l i c y D e v elo p m e n t

Dr J o h n C a b le A /g N a t i o n a l M a n a g e r

T h e r a p e u t i c G o o d s

A d m i n i s t r a t i o n

Dr B r e w s t e r A s h le y A s s i s t a n t S e c r e t a r y Drug

E v a l u a t i o n B r a n c h ,

T h e r a p e u t i c G o o d s

A d m i n i s t r a t i o n

Mr P e t e r P fla u m T h e r a p e u t i c G o o d s

A d m i n i s t r a t i o n

Mr N ic k M e r s ia d e s P r i n c i p a l A d v is o r B u d g e t

M anagem ent B ra n c h

Mr J e f f B u c k p i t t D i r e c t o r B u d g e ts , B u d g e t

M anagem ent B ran c h

338

Mr Ken H a z e l l A s s i s t a n t G e n e r a l M an ag er

H e a l t h B e n e f i t s H e a l th

I n s u r a n c e C o m m issio n

Mr M. M u rra y A s s i s t a n t G e n e r a l M an ag er

F in a n c e a n d P la n n i n g H e a l th

I n s u r a n c e C o m m issio n

Mr M ic h a e l W helan M an ag er A c c o u n tin g H e a l th

I n s u r a n c e C o m m issio n

Dr J o h n N e a rh o s M e d ic a l D i r e c t o r H e a l th

I n s u r a n c e C o m m issio n

The C o m m ittee e x a m in e d t h e p r o p o s e d e x p e n d i t u r e b y p ro g ra m a s s e t

o u t i n t h e P ro g ra m P e r f o r m a n c e S t a t e m e n t s 1 9 9 1 -9 2 , D e p a rtm e n t o f

H e a l t h , H o u sin g a n d C om m unity S e r v i c e s .

The f o l l o w i n g d o c u m e n ts w e re t a b l e d a n d i n c o r p o r a t e d :

. G .P . S a v in g s E s t i m a t e s

. Q u e s tio n s p l a c e d on n o t i c e b y S e n a t o r P a t t e r s o n

The C o m m ittee c o n c lu d e d i t s c o n s i d e r a t i o n o f t h e p r o p o s e d

e x p e n d i t u r e f o r t h e D e p a rtm e n t o f H e a l t h , H o u s in g a n d C om m unity

S e r v i c e s .

3 . ADJOURNMENT

The C o m m itte e a d j o u r n e d a t 6.4 1 p m on T h u r s d a y 19 S e p te m b e r

1991.

4 . ATTENDANCE

S e n a t o r s C ooney ( C h a ir m a n ) , G i l e s , H e r r o n , P a t t e r s o n ,

W a lte r s a n d W e st.

B.Cooney CHAIRMAN

339

ESTIMATES COMMITTEE E

M in u te s o f M e e tin g No. 3 6 /1 6

W ed n esd ay 9 O c to b e r 1991

1 . MEETING

The C o m m ittee m et i n d e l i b e r a t i v e s e s s i o n a t 7 .5 0 p m i n t h e

A d v i s e r s A re a a d j a c e n t t o t h e S e n a te C h am b er. The C h a irm a n ,

S e n a t o r C o o n ey , to o k t h e C h a i r .

2 . CONSIDERATION OF DRAFT REPORT

The C o m m itte e c o n s i d e r e d t h e C h a ir m a n 's d r a f t r e p o r t . A m endm ents

t o t h e r e p o r t w e re s u g g e s t e d b y S e n a t o r s C ooney (o n b e h a l f o f

S e n a t o r Newman), P a t t e r s o n , V a n s to n e a n d W e s t. A f t e r d i s c u s s i o n

a n d a l t e r a t i o n t h e am endm ents w e re a g r e e d t o .

The r e p o r t a s am ended w as a g r e e d t o .

3 . MINUTES

The C o m m itte e 's M in u te s o f P r o c e e d i n g s f o r 5 , 1 0 , 12 a n d 19

S e p te m b e r 1991 w e re c o n f ir m e d .

4 . ADJOURNMENT

The C o m m itte e a d j o u r n e d a t 8 .2 5 p m .

5 . ATTENDANCE

S e n a t o r s C ooney ( C h a ir m a n ) , C a m p b e ll, G i l e s , H e r r o n , P a t t e r s o n ,

V a n s t o n e , W a lt e r s an d W e st.

CERTIFIED CORRECT

B . C ooney C h a irm a n

340

341

APPENDIX 1

QUESTIONS TAKEN ON NOTICE BY DEPARTMENTAL OFFICERS BEFORE AND DURING THE HEARINGS

342

Program 6.6 All costs of the investigation under War crimes legislation to dale and costs of the Special Investigations Unit since inception. Program 5 Financial administration impact for High Court

Macdonald

7 EEO statistics Vanstone

349

351

Kemp

(written)

1. Policy for payments to employees as union officials 2. Any full time union officials 3. Any part time union officials 4. Total cost of these employees.

Newman Program 1

Page 21- review of Dept performance copy of corporate plans for evaluations new claims review determining system Why were 2,800 claims not appealable

Increase entitlement of a widow on death of spouse Minister's Letter of September 4th savings out of disability pensions, war pensions or service pensions where derived from

reduction of service pension numbers, what savings projected reduction in pension numbers interdepartmental committee

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•Number of children in the Veterans' children's education scheme • amendment to the legislation to extend the deadline

for military superannuation scheme PROGRAM 2.1 Reason for not repealing the SWPA Act

Newman

(written)

Aged Accommodation 23 Supplementary Assistance for carers of Vets 23 Vets affairs 4.1 Contracting 4.2

Management 5.4 Research 5.5 Staffing 5

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Program 7 __ ________________________________________

1. Move of the Housing Cost Reduction Program 2. Impact of this 3. Did staff agree 4. If not where placed 5. Staffing of housing division

Program 7.1 __________________________________________

I. Housing Industry Development Program Z $ 3. Council Members 4. Aims 5. Aims 6. Action and funding 7. Australian Model Okie for Residential Dev. 8. Regulations 9. Performance indicator

10. 2nd Performance indicator II. Salaries 1Z Admin expenses 13. Staffing levels

14. Grdh Street Joint Venture 15. Activities Planned PROGRAM 7.2 Housing Industry ________________________

1. Housing Industry Development Strategy Z Activities 3. ___________________________________________________

4. 56% increase in costs 5. Details of projects under the Housing Development program 6. Homcshow program

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2. First Home owner Scheme

3. New deposit assistance arrangements 4.Shared home ownership schemes 5-State households assisted ό-Stalc expenditure on mortgage and rent relief

7.Public houses S.waiting list 9. average waiting time

10. proportion of funds given to states 11. National Housing strategy 12. * * * for 1992

13. Consultanls

14. Wind up

15. cost of NHS

16. recommendations 17. cost to promote NHS

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9.2 List of organisations by funding level

9.2 Nos of people die of drug and alcohol related diseases

Program 5 - foreign language on labels

5- listing in the 15 month period, how many assessed

5- Figures on imported gcxxiyimplcmentation of Act

5- Broncho-dilators 5- when was Bcrotcc taken off the PBS

6.2 - figures for perscriptions in MArch April 6.2 - figures on overcharging complaints from 008 6.2 - copy of Prices Survicllance Authority report -membership of guild in WA, Nos of patients involved 6.2- Breakdown of queries from 008 line 6.2 - Distribution list of who sent copy of infomation

package on PBS 6.2 - details of projects undertaken by groups funded by the PBS education Program Program 6.1

Universities overrepresented in 3000 6.1 terms of reference for review of health care professionals indemnity ( one sheet tabled and given to Patterson) 6.1 vocational register 6.1 exact figure for overpayments to HIC

- debt recovery 6.1 No of services reduced this year 6.1 non GP services benefits cost more than $120 6.1 Breakdown of services to prolonged professional attendance

6.1 Date that Medicare Safely Net ceased sending out 6.1 Cost of discrimination ease fc i X o U n t i ' v ) ' z p c s i 5_____________________________________

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APPENDIX 2

QUESTIONS TAKEN ON NOTICE FOR WHICH NO WRITTEN REPLY HAS BEEN RECEIVED

AS AS 9 OCTOBER 1991

JOO

QUESTIONS TAKEN ON NOTICE TO WHICH NO REPLY HAS BEEN RECEIVED AT 9 OCTOBER 1991

1. ATTORNEY-GENERAL'S DEPARTMENT 1. Pre-Program (e 13) Copy of the draft Client Service Agreement between AGs Department and Australian Taxation office. Vanstone 5.9, Letter received

2. DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS Program 5. Australian War Memorial: Detail about the travel of officers

3. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, HOUSING AND COMMUNITY SERVICES 1. Patterson's Written Questions on Programs 1.1, 1.3, 2.1, 3, 4, 4.5, 6, 7, 8

J b t i

ESTIMATES COMMITTEE E

TABLE OF CONTENTS

FOR

HANSARD OF HEARINGS

Thursday 5 September 1991 Tuesday 10 September 1991 Thursday 12 September 1991 Thursday 19 September 1991

J/U

371

ATTORNEY-GENERAL'S DEPARTMENT

Program 6 - Maintenance of Law, Order and Security

Firearms and Security in Parliament House 2

- Turkish foreign delegation 3

AFP - recruitment program 4,74-75

- consultants used 4,74-75

- cost to applicants of medical examination 4,56-57

- Aboriginal deaths in custody Royal Commission 14

- construction of goal at Jervis Bay 14,15

Program 1 -Legal Services to the Commonwealth

Program evaluations 4

- evaluation of the Human Rights & Equal Opportunity Commission 4,5

Assessment of the Criminal Environment 5

- National Crime Authority 5

Do-it-yourself legal kits 6

Social Justice 7

- access by people in rural areas 7

- financial assistance 8

Practice Management 8

- GLEAM 8

- LOIS 9

- prime contract arrangement 9

- national integrated system (network) 10

Copyright 10

- Copyright Agency Ltd 10

- charge for newspaper articles 10

- cost to Commonwealth 10,11

- Australia Musical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS) 11

- payment to individual journalists 11

- proposed changes to copyright laws 11,12

- collection of charges 12

- revenue from copyright charges 12

Client service agreements 13

- user pays implementation 13

- standards for delivery of legal services in Commonwealth departments 13

372

Parliamentary Counsel 13

- plain English drafting manual 13

Program 2 - Business and Community Affairs

Insolvency & Trustee Service 15

- repeal of Bankruptcy Act 15

- possible amendments to the Bankruptcy Act 15

- staffing of service 15

- workload resources formula 16

- strategies for the prevention of bankruptcy 17

- complaints regarding the Services performance 17

- audit or registered trustees 18

- provision of information and advice to financial counsellors 18

- achievement of revised business plan initiatives 18

Australian Securities Commission 18

- Ravenshoe investigation 18,20

- staff numbers in the Commission 20

- number of additional staff employed to deal with enforcement and litigation 20

- budget for enforcement for current financial year 20

- involvement in major litigation cases 21

- numbers of staff working on each major litigation case 21

- delays in litigation due to West Australian Royal Commission 21

- cost of investigating breaches of the Corporations law 1990-91 22

- breakdown of expenditure on individual cases 22

- cost of establishing state offices of the Commission 22

- ESSO proposal 22

- administrative expenses 22

- activities of the Companies Auditors and Liquidators Disciplinary Board 22

- proposed expenditure 23

- prospectus provisions 23

- performance indicators 24

- corporate plan 24

- registered company bankruptcy figures 25

Trade Practices and Consumer Affairs - grant to maximise community awareness 27

- level of compliance activity 27

- cost of legal services 27

- monitoring of waterfront 29

- authorisation of collective bargaining 30

- amalgamations and aggregations 31-33

- Berger-British Paints merger 31,32

- Griffith Committee Report 32

- Superannuation 32-33

- monitoring of 'environment friendly' products 34-36

Incorporation of questions from Senator Vanstone 36

Program 3 - Community Affairs

Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission - co-operative arrangements with the States 36

- free speech 37

- credit referencing and Social Security data matching 37

- evaluation of strategies relating to the Aboriginal community 37-38

- National inquiry into racist violence 38

- youth project 39

- cost of programs 37-40

- assessment of Commission performance 40

- finalisation of data matching guidelines 41-42

- genetic registers in medical research 43

- 'hot line' advertisement 44-45

- use of sensitive data by parliamentarians 45-47

- out-sourcing by the Department of Veterans Affairs 47

Establishment of new committee to review applications for refugee status 48

Law Reform - status of reports 48

- administrative expenses 49

Censorship - revenue relating to the number of classifications 50

Legal Aid and Family Services - administrative review of Aboriginal legal aid services 50

- family services for Aboriginals 51

- war crimes defence costs 51

- marriage guidance counselling services 52

374

Program 4 - Administration of Justice

Courts and tribunals policy - administration of Courts 58-63

Incorporation of questions on notice from Senator McDonald 63

Family Court - refurbishment of Melbourne Family Court 64

- Marland House 64

- re-introduction of pleadings 65

- statistics in relation to allegations of child abuse 66

- cost of justice 67-68

Administrative Appeals Tribunal - Access and Equity Committee 68

Other tribunals - running costs 69

Commonwealth Reporting Service - transcript production system 69-70

Courts Building Services - Federal Court building in Adelaide 70,72

- refurbishment of Adelaide Family Court 70

- AAT building at Kindersley House 71

Courts and tribunals policy - cost of justice 72

Program 5 - High Court of Australia

High Court Corporate Services 72

- performance indicators 72

- transcription costs 73

Investigation of Crimes against the Commonwealth 73

- NCA 74

- AFP 74

National Crime Authority 75

- increase in appropriations 75

- decrease in revenue 76

- law reform unit 76

- Commonwealth take over of South Australian office 76

- investigation of HYDRA 76-77

- payment of fees by NCA in Dempsey v Mengler Case 78

Special Investigations Unit 7g

- salary costs 7 8

- number of persons employed 7 9

- new Deputy Director 7 9

- cost of unit since inception 7 9

- cases under investigation 81

Program 7 - Corporate Services

Executive 8 2

- EEO policies 82

Corporate Services 83

- Ozton project 83

- capital equipment cost 83

- construction of departmental facilities 84

VETERANS' AFFAIRS

Program 1 - Benefits

Income Support - evaluation of management and programs 85

- organisational culture 85

- new claims review 8 6

- claims processing 87

- widows pension transfer to a single rate age pension with DSS 87

- savings accrued from introduction of data matching 88-89

- progress towards four-tier pension system 89-90

- campaign medals approach to qualifying service for a service pension 90

- projected savings due to reducing pension numbers 90

- savings related to the plain English re-write 90

Compensation - sales tax exemption scheme for new vehicles 90

- assessment of disability pensions 91

- veterans' children's education scheme 91

- costs relating to the strikeout of appeal claims over two years old 91-92

Housing Assistance - legality of the concurrent exercise of entitlement and repercussions for pre 22 August applicants 92-95

- military superannuation scheme extension of deadline 94

Program 2 - Health

Treatment Management 96

- amendment to the Seamans' War Pension Act in relation to the extension of repatriation treatment benefits 96

- recommendations of the McGirr Report 96

- Dapsone study report 96

- study by Professor Garry Andrews relating to nursing home and domiciliary care - 96-97

- major review of domiciliary nursing 97

- savings relating to a decrease in demand for nursing home beds 97

- development and evaluation of health program packages piloted in the Canterbury-St George region 104

- beneficiary transport 105-107

- level of inappropriate institutionalisation 107-108

- independent living assistance 108

- access to mainstream services 108

- non-mainstream treatment for veterans and their dependants 109

Health Care Services - integration of the repatriation hospitals and also the repatriation private patients' scheme 1 1 0 -1 1 1

- specialisation repatriation hospitals 1 1 0

- continuation of the private patients' scheme 110

- future of the Repatriation Commission 111

- services in public hospitals 112-113

- financial arrangements relating to palliative care 114-115

- privacy relating to veterans' hospital files 116

- delivery of community services 116

- policy regarding treatment outside Repatriation General Hospitals (RGH) 116

- closure of beds at RGH Concord 117

- divesting of Repatriation Artificial Limbs and Appliance Centre (RALAC) by the Department 117

Community based health care - review of the national Local Medical Officer (LMO) advisory committee 118

- increased demand for LMO's 118

- *benefit drift' 118

- stoma therapy supplies 118

War Graves - completion of Rookwood Garden of Remembrance Memorial (GRM) 119

Program 4 - Corporate Services

General - resource needs of the Veterans' Review Board (VRB) 120

- rate of decisions of the Repatriation Commission overruled by States and Territory 121

- cases rejected by the VRB and subsequently appealed to the AAT 122-123

- consultancy costs regarding information campaign integration 123

- cost of legal expense for appeal by Westpac in relation to stamp duty assessment 123

- contracting out of computing services 124-125

- aspects of departmental operations suitable for contracting out to the private sector 125

- military compensation scheme 125

378

Program 5 - Australian War Memorial

General - evaluation of client services 126

- sources of non-government revenue 126

National Collection 127

- Gulf war collection and documentation 127

Education and Information Services - availability and extent of information service facilities 127

- training of voluntary guides 128

- tour services provided by guides 128

Corporate Services - overseas trips relating to the War Memorial Program 128

- new exhibition hall 128-129

- review of the Memorial mail order service 129

- sponsorship for the construction of a theatre 129

- free airport advertising of the Memorial 130

- level of sponsorship 1990-91 130

- procedure for dealing with complaints 130

- gallery maintenance 130-131

- retrenchment of security staff 131-132

- review of staffing 132-33

Incorporation of Questions on Notice by Senators Alston, Short, Parer and Newman 133

HEALTH, HOUSING AND COMMUNITY SERVICES

General - staffing increases 134

- employment of persons with disabilities 134

- Annual Report 135-137

Program 1 - Health Advancement

General - attainment of goals 137

- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) 137-140

Drug Abuse Reduction - 'Smoking. Who Needs It?' campaign 140

- decline in mortality rate due to tobacco 141

- expenditure relating to the National Campaign Against Drug Abuse 141

- Anti-alcohol campaign 142

- Aboriginal health strategies relating to substance abuse 142-143

- consumption and trends relating to illicit drugs 144

Health Promotion and disease prevention 145

- incidence relating to communicable diseases 145

- alternative birthing services program 145

- family planning allocation 145

- women's health program 147

- FPA pilot program for rural residents 147

Incorporation of questions on notice from Senators Tambling and Boswell 147

Health Promotion and disease prevention (cont'd) - birthing services in Victoria 154-155

- Australian Government Health Service 156

- HIV and AIDS reporting requirements 157-159

- transmission of AIDS 159-162

- reporting requirements Hepatitis A 162-163

- women's health screening 164-165

- tuberculosis screening 166-167

- human quarantine and communicable disease surveillance 168

- alternative birthing programs for Aboriginal women 168-169

Research (excluding the Australian Institute of Health) - National Health and Medical Research Council 169

- genetics register guidelines 169-171

- ABS research on health issues 171-174

380

Program 2 - Home and Community Care

Home and Community care services - HACC - promotional funds spent (by state) 174-176

- extent of tied funds for HACC and the Geriatric Assessment Team (GAT) 176

- growth funds for HACC programs 176

- administration of HACC program 177-178

- Departmental reviews of HACC program 178-179

Program 3 - Residential Care for Older People

Assessment - teams with delegation 179-180

- nursing home turnover between 1987-88 and 1898-90 180

- Residential Classification Instrument - checking procedures 181-183

Financial Support - strategies for coping with increased aged population 183-186 - CAM and SAM and public nursing homes 185-186

- hostels classifications 186-187

- multi-purpose centres 187

- small rural nursing homes and bush hospitals 187-188

- development of special services for Aboriginal community 188-189

- private enterprise hostel beds 189

- increase in administrative expenses 189

Quality of Residential Care - user rights 189-190

Program 4 - Assistance for People with Disabilities

General - variations in program costs 191

- ECO - employment of people with disabilities 192-199

- exempt homes 199-201

- DISCUS system - consumer focus funding 202-203

- July Premiers Agreement 204

- staffing and funding level for national technical assistance unit 205

Employment Services - funding level for new and old services 207-209

- funding of competitive employment training or placement services 209-211

- administrative expenses 211

- award conditions 211

- ACROD 212

- breakdown of costs relating to CETP or sheltered workshops 2 1 2

- funding by Commonwealth 2 1 2

Accommodation - people assisted over 2 years 213

- services not achieving minimum outcomes 213-214

Community Participation - participation rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in disability services 214-215

- backfilling of current accommodation units 215-216

Commonwealth Rehabilitation Service - running costs for Commonwealth Rehabilitation Service 216-217

Program 7 - Housing

General - better cities program 226-232

Program 8 - Services for families with children

General - accreditation of profit making child care centres 232

- family resource centres in relation to the Aboriginal Community 233

- level of child care demand met by non-profit and commercial centres for 0-4 year olds 233-235

- review of Aboriginal and Islander child care agencies 235

- situation regarding high cost centres, long hour centres and centres in isolated area 236

Program 9 - Corporate Management

Corporate leadership and resource management - strategies in relation to personnel and office services 237

- rehabilitation programs for staff involved in cases of discrimination or harassment 238

- the South Australian Sex Discrimination Case 238-240,317

382

Strategic policy analysis and evaluation - mental health strategy in relation to the Burdekin inquiry into human rights and the mentally ill 240-242

- Schizophrenia Fellowship Centre program 241-242

- financial management in relation to request for exemption from full audit examination 242-243

- classification of national organisations in relation to the community organisation support program 243-245

Community advisory and resource services - level of funding to SICH 245

- articles in the publication 'Catalyst' 245

- national mental health strategy paper 246

- Macklin inquiry 246

Therapeutic Goods - implementation of the Baume report 247-248

- time taken to evaluate new products 248

- approval of products for export only 249,256-257

- translation of instructions on imported therapeutic goods 250

- agreement with Asian authorities in relation to cooperation and acceptance of Australian therapeutic goods on export markets 251

- assessment of imported grand-father products for good manufacturing practice standards 251-253

- delisting of Berotec from the PBS 253

- non-compliance with good manufacturing practice 254

- prescription of heroin to terminally ill patients 255

Program 6 - Health Care Access

Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme - depersonalisation of health-related information 258-262

- cost sharing in relation to the Pharmacy Restructuring Authority 262

- number of prescriptions filled 262

- hoarding of prescription drugs 263

- data collection in relation to non-PBS and non prescription drug usage 264-265

- impact of $2.50 prescription charge 266-269

- proposal to publish an Australian National Formulary 269

- overcharging by pharmacists 270-273

- survey undertaken by Roy Morgan Research Centre in relation to overcharging by pharmacists 273-275

- information package on PBS 275

- community projects funded by the PBS education program 275 - essential pharmacies’ allowance payments 275

- assessment of program performance 276

- payment by Commonwealth to pharmacists in relation to restructuring 276

- computer lodgement of claims by pharmacists 277

- evidence regarding the unnecessary over-prescribing of drugs and subsequent benefit to PBS and taxpayers 278

- costs associated with the PBS education campaign 278

Financial support to individuals - program goals in relation to health care services 279-280

- evaluation of health care services 280

- $3.50 co-payment for general practitioner services 281,289,312 - differentials between vocationally registered doctors and non-vocationally registered doctors 282

- trends in the demand for services 282-284

- overservicing 284-286

- oversupply of doctors 286

- immigration of doctors 287

- maldistribution of doctors 287

- number of acute hospital beds 288

- review of the Medicare benefits schedule 288

- scheduled fee rise for November 1991 290-292

- redefinition of professional services 292

- funding of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) 295-297

- benefit schedule rationale 297-298

- cost of the National Health Strategy 298

- use of computers to detect inappropriate service patterns by GPs 299

- cost benefit of Medical Services Committees of Inquiry (MSCI's) 300

- practice grants 301-303

- reduction in specimen collection centres 303-305

- review of professional indemnity arrangements for health care professionals 305-306

- financial and staffing resources 306

- vocational register of doctors 307-311

- debt recovery in the Health Insurance Commission (HIC) 311 - impact of the $3.50 co-payment for GP services 312-314

- correlation between GP services and direct billing 314-315

- out-patient services 316

- Medicare Safety Net brochure 316

- overall costs relating to the Sex Discrimination Case in South Australia 317

- new Medicare Card 318

- project grant to the Australian Council of Trade Unions 318

- patient contributions per service 319

- evaluation of services and technology by the Australian Health Advisory Committee 319

Financial Support to Service Providers - Early Detection of Breast Cancer Program

Health Services Provision - stoma appliances in relation to Department of Veterans' Affairs beneficiaries

320-324

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ESTIMATES COMMITTEE F

REPORT TO THE SENATE

October 1991

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Page

Report to the Senate 1

Reservations 9

Appendix 1: List of questions taken on notice by portfolio officers before and during the hearings 17

Index to Hansard

Thursday 5 September 1991 59

- Industrial Relations Portfolio - Primary Industries and Energy Portfolio

Tuesday 10 September 1991 70

- Transport and Communications Portfolio

Thursday 12 September 1991 75

- Transport and Communications Portfolio

Minutes of Proceedings

Public hearing, Thursday 5 September 1991 81

Public hearing, Tuesday 10 September 1991 87

Public hearing, Thursday 12 September 1991 91

Private Meeting, Wednesday 9 October 1991 93

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ESTIMATES F

REPORT TO THE SENATE

Estimates Committee F presents its Report to the Senate.

INTRODUCTION

1. On 22 August 1991 the Senate referred to the Committee the particulars of proposed expenditure for the service of the year ending on 30 June 1992 relating to the following portfolios:

. Industrial Relations

. Primary Industries and Energy

. Transport and Communications.

2. The Committee has considered the estimates of these portfolios as presented in the respective program performance statements and has received explanations of the estimates from the Minister for Industrial Relations, the Minister for Shipping and Aviation Support, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, and officers

of the departments and authorities concerned.

3. The Committee tables for the information of the Senate in conjunction with Appropriation Bills No 1 and No 2, 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 Expenditure for 1991-1992".

4. The Committee wishes to bring certain matters of interest to the attention of the Senate.

PROGRAM 1 - AVIATION

SUB-PROGRAM 1J: FEDERAL AIRPORTS CORPORATION -BANKSTOWN AIRPORT 5

5. In relation to Bankstown Airport, Senator Bishop expressed concern about the 'many complaints that have come to me in regard to the way the Federal Airports Corporation is managing that airport; the way it is managing the resources that go into that airport; and the way that one particular section of the airport, where

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there are tenants, has less than adequate upkeep on the runway, resulting in damage to planes.'1

6. Representatives of the Federal Airports Corporation (FAC) undertook to provide

answers to the Senator's detailed questions. In assessing the performance of the representatives of the FAC, Senator Bishop commented on their lack of knowledge of this area, which resulted in many questions being taken on notice.

SUB-PROGRAMS L5 AND 1.6: FEDERAL AIRPORTS CORPORATION AND CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY - MANAGEMENT OF ASSETS

7. Apart from the FAC's management of Bankstown Airport, the Corporation was queried about its management of aircraft parking, the basis of its profit and dividend calculations, the gate access for Compass Airlines at terminal buildings, the application of parking fees, the progress in commercial leases at Darwin and Alice Springs, general aviation facilities at Darwin, its program to acquire works of art, the profitability of the airport terminal at Hobart and its handling of duty­ free concessions that are tendered for at overseas terminals.1 2

8. Senators Schacht, Bishop and Crane queried representatives of the Civil Aviation

Authority about the tendering process for the integrated national system of air traffic control. Senator Schacht observed:

The nub of the question is whether you, as a statutory authority, charged with operating civil aviation in Australia at a commercial level as far as possible, should be involved in encouraging associated industry

development.3

9. Senator Bishop expressed concern that the step by step procurement requirements of the Department of Administrative Services had not been complied with.4

1 Senate Hansard Estimates Committee F, page F90

2 Senate Hansard Estimates Committee F, pages F98-F118

3 Senate Hansard Estimates Committee F, page F130

4 Senate Hansard Estimates Committee F, pages F138-F140

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PROGRAM 2 - BROADCASTING

SUB-PROGRAM 2.2: AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION

BIAS IN ABC PRODUCTIONS

10. Two issues were raised with the representatives of the ABC with regard to claims of bias in ABC productions. Senator Bishop expressed concern at the ABCs coverage of the republican movement in Australia, particularly given the public support of some senior managers of the ABC for the movement.5 Senator

Bishop's second area of concern was perceived lack of evenhandedness in the treatment of political parties by the 7.30 Report during the last Federal election campaign.6

11. The Managing Director of the ABC, Mr David Hill, responded by explaining that the ABC has rules for the conduct of current affairs programs (a copy was provided to the Committee). These apply to all staff. The rules are supported by a complaints procedure which enables the public to comment on programs to which they take exception. The complaints procedure also enables management

to monitor compliance with its rules. Mr Hill noted that '...across the range of programs we provide, and from program to program and from day to day, overall we get the balance right.'7

12. In response to Senator Bishop's concerns, Mr Hill undertook to investigate any complaint about program content and to respond to the Senator. With regard to the specific interview on the 7.30 Report of which Senator Bishop complained, Mr Hill noted that it had been the subject of complaints and been assessed in

accordance with the ABC's procedures. He undertook to provide the committee with outcome of that assessment.

PLAGIARISM

13. In the wake of a recent episode involving a print media journalist, Senator Bishop asked whether the ABC had a policy on plagiarism. Mr Hill was not aware of any specific reference to plagiarism in the ABC's guidelines for its staff. .He undertook to investigate the matter, report to the committee and have guidelines

put in place if required.8

5 Senate Hansard Estimates Committee F, pages F149-F151

6 Senate Hansard Estimates Committee F, page F167

7 Senate Hansard Estimates Committee F, page F168

8 Senate Hansard Estimates Committee F, pages F168-F169

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CO-PRODUCTION COST POLICY

14. Senator Bishop sought details of the ABC's policy with regard to co-production costs for sports programs on ABC television. Mr Hill stated that:

...there are roughly three levels of sports coverage in Australia. ...very popular sports that the ABC covers and is prepared to pay a rights fee for, and the ABC Board accepts that it is sufficiently valuable as part of the ABC's comprehensive broadcasting role...Secondly, there are those that do not involve any significant rights fee, but nevertheless the ABC believes that it is worthwhile undertaking the expenditure to cover those sports....then there is a category of sport that we would like to cover but we simply do not have the money, where we try to attract co-production

fees...9

15. Mr Hill noted that there were no guidelines 'as such' as to the level of co­ production funding which individual sports had to raise. The decision as to which sports would be televised was '...an editorial decision that is made within the ABC' on the basis of '...the quality and value of the program's subject matter and how it is going to meet the needs and interests of audiences.'10 1 1

16. In response to further questioning from Senators Bishop and Panizza, Mr Hill undertook to provide details of the cost of putting each sports broadcast to air together with the details and source of the co-production funding.11

PROGRAM 3 - COMMUNICATIONS

SUB-PROGRAM 3.2: AUSTRALIAN TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

17. Senator Panizza raised the issue of 0055 services provided by Telecom. The Senator's particular concern was with the content of the 'adult entertainment' services and open access to those services.

18. In response, representatives of Telecom outlined a proposal to split the existing 0055 services into two separate services - a general information service covering news, sport, weather,etc and an entertainment service. Access to the first would be available without any action by the subscriber while access to the second would require the subscriber to ask specifically for access to the service and also meet certain conditions such as proof of age. Access would be by way of a PIN number.

9 Senate Hansard Estimates Committee F, page F151

10 Senate Hansard Estimates Committee F, page F152

11 Senate Hansard Estimates Committee F, page F153

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19. The proposal also includes the creation of an independent committee representing a broad range of community views which would monitor the content of the 'entertainment' services.12

20. This whole issue is the subject of detailed examination by a select committee of the Senate.

PROGRAM 4 - LAND TRANSPORT

SUB-PROGRAM 4 J : AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS COMMISSION

TASMANIAN RAIL NETWORK (TASRALL)

21. In relation to redundancies in Tasrail, the Committee is concerned that information provided by a senior departmental officer on the morning of 11 September 1991 appears less than accurate. As part of an effort by the Australian National Railways Commission to restructure Tasrail, the officer referred to offers of a redundancy package.13 Less than one week later, the

Commission gave notice that approximately 160 employees of Tasrail would be compulsorily retrenched. The Committee is concerned that it was not advised of the forthcoming compulsory retrenchments in response to Senator's Sherry's questions.

TIMING OF THE LODGEMENT OF MATERIAL

22. The Committee notes that program performance statements were required to be lodged with the Senate Table Office earlier this year than in previous years. While the three portfolio areas reporting to the Committee were able to meet the tighter deadline, members are concerned about the reduced time they have available to analyse the performance statements prior to the Estimates hearings.

As one member remarked:

[The program performance statements] were only available eight working days ago. When you have three or four departments to analyse, it makes it very difficult... [It] has prevented adequate and timely analysis...14

12 Senate Hansard Estimates Committee F, pages F185-F186

13 Senate Hansard Estimates Committee F, pages F196-F197

14 Senator Chapman, Senate Hansard Estimates Committee F, page F3

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23. The same member made a similar observation in regard to the late receipt of draft annual reports:

... the report from the Department of Primary Industries and Energy was only received yesterday. In a sense, it makes the reports of very limited use if we do not have time to consider them before we appear at Estimates committees and to use them effectively.15

24. With respect to the draft annual reports of statutory authorities, the Committee was dismayed that only one of these agencies was in a position to lodge a draft annual report for the estimates hearings. The Committee gives notice that it will utilise the completed annual reports during its hearings into the Additional Estimates in April next year.

25. The Committee observes that providing members with adequate time to analyse the program performance statements can only be achieved by delaying estimates hearings until two full weeks after the statements are tabled. Estimates hearings could then take place either in a non-sitting period or in the first available sitting week.

SCHEDULING OF ESTIMATES HEARINGS

26. This year, Estimates Committee F sat on three occasions as follows (meal breaks excluded):

5 September 2.05pm-12.15am Industrial Relations; Primary Industries and Energy

10 September 7.40pm-4.50am Outriders of Transport and

Communications

12 September 4.29pm-9.30pm Transport and Communications

27. The Committee notes that the scheduled starting times this year (namely, 1.30pm for day hearings and 7.30pm for the evening hearing) are as recommended in the report of the Senate Standing Committee on Finance and Public Administration on Estimates Committee Documentation and Proceduresfiggil. That Committee observed that these commencement times would permit sufficient time on each sitting day for Question Time and for an urgency debate or matter of public importance debate, should one be proposed, or for some progress on legislation.

28. This Committee considers that both senators and officials would be better served if the starting time for each estimates session was 10.30am and the finish time was 6.00pm. The Senate should give consideration to sitting at 9.00am for Question Time and suspending at 10.30am to enable estimates committees to meet. The Senate could then resume sitting at 8.00pm to deal with normal business. This

15

Ibid

3 9 5

would reduce the probability of departmental officials being required to attend late at night.

29. The Committee also observes that scheduling the appearance of component parts of a portfolio is somewhat hit or miss at present. It is difficult to give precise starting times for examination of discrete divisions, branches or agencies. Thus officials are often kept 'hanging about' unproductively, waiting for their hearings

to commence.

30. This Committee believes that consideration should be given to scheduling five sessions per committee, as far as possible during normal working hours (see paragraph 28). This would reduce the perceived pressure on committees to finish in three sessions. Greater time would enable committees to schedule their witnesses more precisely.

31. Under present arrangements, the committees' role of monitoring the performance reporting of departments and Budget-dependent agencies is hindered by the limited time available to members to consider program performance statements together with the scheduling problems and the frequent late sittings.

ATTENDANCE OF OFF-BUDGET AUTHORITIES AT ESTIMATES HEARINGS

32. The Chairman expressed concern about the distinction that seems to be made between off-budget authorities that are included in the estimates hearings and off- budget authorities that are not. He raised the example of Australian Airlines and Qantas not appearing before the Committee whereas the Federal Airports

Corporation did appear.16

33. In response, the Minister for Shipping and Aviation Support, the Hon. Bob Collins, explained that his practice was to arrange for off-budget authorities to be represented where his office had been contacted by senators about particular areas of interest affecting such authorities.17

34. The Committee commends the Minister for this practice. It may be desirable to formalise this practice for examining off-budget agencies in the estimates process, particularly given the proposal by the Senate Standing Committee on Finance and Public Administration that these agencies be examined by standing committees of

the Senate in the context of scrutiny of annual reports and not by estimates committees.

16 Senator Beahan, Senate Hansard Estimates Committee F, page F118

17 Ibid

RECOMMENDATIONS

35. Estimates Committee F recommends that all of the matters of interest raised in this report be further examined by the Senate.

36. Estimates Committee F recommends that all questions taken on notice before and during the Committee's hearings, as listed in Appendix 1, and not answered before the conclusion of hearings, be further examined by the Senate.

37. Estimates Committee F recommends that the Senate approve, without amendment or request for amendment, expenditure in estimates considered by the Committee.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

38. The Committee takes the opportunity to thank the Minister for Industrial Relations, Senator the Hon. Peter Cook, the Minister for Shipping and Aviation Support, Senator the Hon. Bob Collins, and the Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, Senator the Hon. Bob McMullan, for their assistance during the hearings. The Committee also thanks the officials of the three portfolios for their attendance and cooperation in answering questions, and for providing detailed written responses where sought.

Michael Beahan Chairman

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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

John H. Panizza Senator for Western Australia

3rd Floor. Durack Centre.

263 Adelaide Terrace. PERTH W A 6000 Telephone: (09) 325 8449 Facs.rn.le: (09) 325 5943

Telephone: Southern Cross (090) 401080

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S u b p ro g ra m 4 . 1 - R oad a n d r a i l p o l i c y d e v e lo p m e n t

w i t h r e g a r d t o r o a d f u n d i n g i n t h e P ro g ra m P e r f o r m a n c e

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John H. Panizza Senator for Western Australia

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Telephone: Southern Cross (090) 401080

Parliament House. CANBERRA A C T 2600 Telephone: (062) 77 3625

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SENATOR CHERYL KERNOT Australian Democrat Senator for Queensland

October 8, 1991

Derek Abbott

By way of reservation to the report of Estimates Committee F, I recommend that the Senate further consider programs and sub-programs in the Program Performance Statements 1990-1991 and 1991-1992, Transport and Communications Portfolios.

1. Aviation

1.6 Civil Aviation Authority

2. Broadcasting 2.5 Broadcast Operations

6. Corporate Direction and Support 6.3 Research

Yours sincerely

Senator Cheryl Kernot Australian Democrats

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By way of reservation I recommend that the following be the subject of further debate in the Senate:

Primary Industry and Energy

Program 2.1

- Natural R esource M anagem ent - North Australia future developm ent conference Oct/Nov 1991. (H ansard 5/09/91 - F62)

Program 2.3

- Q uarantine an d Inspection - Development of Tropical Horticulture. (H ansard 5/09/91 - F72)

Program 4.1

- Corporate Policy - G overnm ent response to the Alice Springs Transport Conference.

Transport and Communications

Program 1.5

- Federal Airports C orporation - Relocation of general aviation operators, Darwin. (Hansard 10/09/91 - F109)

Program 4.1

- Road and Rail Policy Development - Commitment to Victoria Highway.

Yours sincerely

GRANT TAMBUNG /SENATO R FOR THE NORTHERN TERRITORY

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T H E S E N A T E

SENATOR WINSTON CRANE

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Dear Mr Abbott,

By way of reservation to the report of Estimates Committee F, I recommend that the Senate further consider:

DEPARTMENT OF INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS

Program 1 - Industrial Relations Wages, Incomes and Labour Market Development

sub-program 1.3 Special Industry Services

sub-program 1.7 Australian Trade Union Training Authority

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT AND COMMUNICATIONS:

Program 1 - Aviation

sub-program 1.5 Federal Airports Corporation

sub-program 1.6 Civil Aviation Authority

Program 2 - Broadcasting

sub-program 2.1 Broadcasting Policy

sub-program 2.2 Australian Broadcasting Corporation

sub-program 2.3 Special Broadcasting Service

Program 3 - Communications

sub-program 3.5 Australian Postal Corporation

sub-program 3.7 Radio Communications Policy and Operations

LIBER AL SENATO R FOR WESTERN AU STR ALIA

Program 4 - Land Transport

sub-program 4.1 Road and Rail Policy Development

Program 5 - Maritime

sub-program 5.1 Maritime Policy

sub-program 5.3 Waterfront Industry Reform Authority

sub-program 5.4 Shipping Industry Reform Authority

Program 6 - Corporate Direction and Support

sub-program 6.3 Research

DEPARTMENT OF PRIMARY INDUSTRIES AND ENERGY

Program 1 - Industries Development

sub-program 1.1 Livestock and pastoral

sub-program 1.2 Crops

sub-program 2.1 Natural Resource Management

sub-program 2.2 Rural Adjustment and Services

sub-program 2.3 Quarantine and Inspection

sub-program 4.1 Corporate Policy

in the Progress Performance Statements of the above mentioned Departments.

Yours sincerely,

SENATOR WINSTON CRANE

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LIST OF QUESTIONS TAKEN ON NOTICE BY PORTFOLIO OFFICERS BEFORE A N D DURING THE HEARINGS

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SENATE ESTIMATES COMMITTEE F

QUESTIONS TAKEN ON NOTICE BY DEPARTMENTAL OFFICERS BEFORE AND DURING THE HEARINGS

Senator Subject Date to Dept./ Answer Provided

Hansard Page Received to Senator Remarks

Department of Industrial Reiations

Questions placed on notice prior to hearings

Short Approved grants to trade unions or community groups in 1990/91 - name of trade union or community group who received funds

- amount of grant - purpose of grant - under what program was grant made - was any contribution made by the trade

union or community group towards the project and what amounts were involved

Short Outstanding acquittals for grants made in 1990/91 - name of organisation - sum involved - date of grant

20.08.91/F84 2.10.91 3.10.91 see Additional Information VoL2

20.08.91/F84 2.10.91 3.10.91

Senator Subject

Short Research studies and/or opinion polls commissioned for 1990/91 - subject of research study or opinion poll - sum involved - period of research study or opinion poll - who conducted research study or opinion poll - were projects subject to tendering process.

If yes, how many tenderers were there. If no, how were the successful agencies chosen

Short Advertising or promotional projects the Department or any of its Statutory Authorities has undertaken during the financial year - list of

In each case: - what was the subject - what was the cost and period involved - who conducted the campaign

- did the Department or Statutory Authority seek the advice or assistance of the Office of Government Information and Advertising of the campaign, and if so, what advice or assistance was given - was the campaign subject to a tendering process.

If yes, how many tenderers were there. If no, how was the successful agency chosen.

Short Publications, videos or television advertisements produced in 1990/91 - how many copies of these were produced - at what cost in relation to each

Date to Dept./ Answer Hansard Page Received

20.08.91/F85 2.10.91

20.08.91/F85 2.10.91

20.08.91/F85 2.10.91

Provided to Senator

3.10.91

3.10.91

3.10.91

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Senator Subject Date to Dept./ Answer

Hansard Page Received Provided to Senator Remarks

Short

Parer

Parer

Parer

Were any campaigns undertaken by the Department to direct mail to relevant target groups in 1990/91. If so, what material was distributed, at what cost and how many direct mail items were involved. 20.08.91/F85 2.10.91

How much did the Department or Statutory Authorities within the portfolio spend on external printing and/or print services in 1990-91? Of this total, how much was: - contracted to and supplied by the AGPS - contracted through the AOPS to the private

sector - contracted direct to the private sector. 4.09.91/F84 2.10.91

How much does the Department expect to spend on external printing and/or print services in 1991-92 4.09.91/F84 2.10.91

Does the Department maintain any internal printing capacity (including photocopying facilities)? If so please detail: - the number of photocopy or similar machines

and the number of sheets printed by these machines during 1990-91 - the number of offset printing presses and the number of sheets printed by these

machines during 1990-91 - the number of staff/staff years allocated to internal printing services in the Department

3.10.91

3.10.91

3.10.91

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4.09.91/F84 2.10.91 3.10.91

Senator Subject Date to Dept./

Hansard Page Answer Received Provided

to Senator

Parer If the Department maintains in-house printing facilities, is the Department aware of Finance Direction 25F? If so, has the Department undertaken any evaluation of the full cost of maintaining those in-house facililties? If so, what were the results? 4.09.91/F84 2.10.91 3.10.91

General Questions Taken on Notice at bearing

Chapman Corrective action taken in respect of matters raised in Auditor-General's Report No.22 1990-91 5.09.91/F4 2.10.91 3.10.91

Kemp Union officials

- policy of Department, associated enterprises, agencies and other organisations regarding payments to employees who are union officials when they are working on behalf of the union - employees on Department's payroll who are full

time union officials: names, job classifications and salaries - employees on Department's payroll who are part time union officials: names, job classifications

and salaries - total cost to the Department and associated enterprises and agencies of these employees 10.09.91/F247 2.10.91 3.10.91

Remarks

see Additional Information VoL2

F -----------------------------------------------------------------

Senator Subject Date to Dept./ Answer Provided

Hansard Page Received to Senator

Program 1 - Industrial Relations Wages, Incomes and Labour Market Development

Sub-program 1.1: Policy development and advice

Crane Receipts credited under section 35 of the Audit Act - why enormous difference between the estimates and expenditure for financial years 1990-91 and 1991-92 5.09.91/F5 2.10.91 3.10.91

Sub-program 1.3: Special industry services

Crane Waterfront reform program - number of enterprise agreements 5.09.91/F8 2.10.91 3.10.91

Sub-program 1.5: Australian Industrial Relations Commission and the Australian Industrial Registry

Chapman Implementation of Auditor-General's recommendations re computer-based assets register and a system of valuation and recording of inventories 5.09.91/F11

Sub-program 1.6: National Occupational Health and Safety Commission (Worksafc Australia)

Crane Grants to other organisations for training of managers 5.09.91/F10 2.10.91 3.10.91

Remarks

see Additional Information VoL2

see Additional information VoL2

see Additional Information VoL2

413

Senator Subject Date to Dept./ Answer

Hansard Page Received Provided to Senator

Chapman

Program 2 - Australian Government Employment: Remuneration, Structures and Conditions

Sub-program 24: Commission for the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation o f Commonwealth Employees (COMCARE)

Reducing number of work related injuries - details of numbers 5.09.91/F16

Chapman

Program 3 - Corporate Management and Support

Sub-program 33: Policy coordination and communication

Transfer between programs - movements, offsets 5.09.91/F17

Crane Transfer between programs - staff numbers and other details - percentage increase in estimates, outlays - total percentage increase for programs 1,2

and 3 - dollar shifts 5.09.91/F18

Crane

Sub program 3.4: Corporate Services

Reduction in costs 5.09.91/F19

2.10.91

2.10.91

2.10.91

3.10.91

3.10.91

3.10.91

Remarks

see Additional Information VoL2

Senator

Short

Short

Short

Department o f Primary Industries and Energy

Questions Placed on Notice prior to hearing

Approved grants to trade unions or community groups in 1990/91 - name of trade union or community group who received funds - amount of grant - purpose of grant

- under what program was grant made - was any contribution made by the trade union or community group towards the project and what amounts were involved 20.08.91/F84 1.10.91

Outstanding acquittals for grants made in 1990/91 - name of organisation - sum involved - date of grant 20.08.91/F84 1.10.91

Research studies and/or opinion polls commissioned for 1990/91 - subject of research study or opinion poll - sum involved

- period of research study or opinion poll - who conducted research study or opinion poll - were projects subject to tendering process. If yes, how many tenderers were there. If no,

how were the successful agencies chosen 20.08.91/F85 1.10.91

Subject Date to Dept./ Answer

Hansard Page Received Provided to Senator

2.10.91

2.10.91

2.10.91

Remarks

see Additional Information VoLl

Senator Subject Date to Dept./ Answer

Hansard Page Received Provided to Senator Remarks

Short Advertising or promotional projects the Department or any of its Statutory Authorities has undertaken during the financial year - list of In each case: - what was the subject - what was the cost and period involved - who conducted the campaign

- did the Department or Statutory Authority seek the advice or assistance of the Office of Government Information and Advertising of the campaign, and if so, what advice or assistance was given - was the campaign subject to a tendering process.

If yes, how many tenderers were there. If no, how was the successful agency chosen. 20.08.91/F85 1.10.91 2.10.91

Short Publications, videos or television advertisements produced in 1990/91 - how many copies of these were produced - at what cost in relation to each 20.08.91/F85 1.10.91 2.10.91

Short Were any campaigns undertaken by the Department to direct mail to relevant target groups in 1990/91. If so, what material was distributed, at what cost and how many direct mail items were

involved.

see Additional Information VoLl

20.08.91/F85 1.10.91 2.10.91

Senator Subject Date to Dept./

Hansard Page Answer Received

Parer How much did the Department or Statutory

Authorities within the portfolio spend on external printing and/or print services in 1990-91? Of this total, how much was:

- contracted to and supplied by the AGPS - contracted through the AGPS to the private sector - contracted direct to the private sector. 4.09.91/F84 1.10.91

Rarer How much does the Department expect to spend on external printing and/or print services in 1991-91? 4.09.91/F84 1.10.91

Parer Does the Department maintain any internal printing capacity (including photocopying facilities)? If so please detail: - the number of photocopy or similar machines

and the number of sheets printed by these machines during 1990-91 - the number of offset printing presses and the number of sheets printed by these

machines during 1990-91 - the number of staff/staff years allocated to internal printing services in the

Department 4.09.91/F84 1.10.91

Parer If the Department maintains in-house printing facilities, is the Department aware of Finance Direction 25F? If so, has the Department undertaken any evaluation of the full cost of maintaining those in-house facililties? If so, what were the results? 4.09.91/F84 1.10.91

Provided to Senator

2.10.91

2.10.91

2.10.91

2.10.91

Remarks

see Additional Information VoLl

General Questions Taken on Notice at hearing

Senator Subject

Panizza Policy on export controls - statement in respect of each commodity including radioactive waste management

Crane Total proportion of 1989/90, 1990/91 and 1991/92 Budgets that have been sourced by industry funds

Crane Have any industry funds been 'seen to be' Commonwealth funds

Crane Have any industry funds been used to fund departmental (or other Commonwealth bodies) people to attend meetings, sit on boards, conduct a particular service and so on?

Kemp Union officials

- policy of Department, associated enterprises, agencies and other organisations regarding payments to employees who are union officials when they are working on behalf of the union - employees on Department's payroll who are full

time union officials: names, job classifications and salaries - employees on Department's payroll who are part time union officials: names, job classifications

and salaries - total cost to the Department and associated enterprises and agencies of these employees

5.09.91/F23 1.10.91

5.09.91/F86

5.09.91/F86

5.09.91/F86

Date to Dept./ Answer Hansard Page Received

10.09.91/F247

Provided to Senator

2.10.91

Remarks

see Additional Information VoLl

1.10.91 2.10.91 see Additional Information VoLl

Date to Dept./ Answer Hansard Page Received Provided to Senator

Panizza

Program 1 - Industries Development

Sub-program LI: Livestock and pastoral

Number of meat inspectors presently on workers compensation 5.09.91/F24 1.10.91

Crane Beef production levy under the AMLC and the Meat Corporation Act - reason for reductions in estimations for financial year 1991-92, provide detail 5.09.91/F25 1.10.91

Crane Cattle Export Charge Act 1990, cattle transaction levy and revenue from interest on moneys from the BTEC program - increase in revenue: explanation of the relativities

and shifting between these 5.09.91/F26 1.10.91

Crane Cattle transaction levy

- points in sales chain where tax is now falling - impact on different industries - which industries are paying for changed arrangements 5.09.91/F27 1.10.91

Crane Reason for increase in the Commonwealth's contribution under the Meat Research Corporation Act 1985 5.09.91/F27 1.10.91

2.10.91

2.10.91

2.10.91

2.10.91

2.10.91

Archer Embargo on cheese imported from the United States of America 5.09.91/F30 1.10.91 2.10.91

Crane Exotic animal disease prepardesness - projects initiated during the year 5.09.91/F32 1.10.91 2.10.91

Remarks

see Additional Information VoLl

419

Senator Date to Dept./ Answer

Hansard Page Received Provided to Senator Remarks

Crane Recommendations aimed at improvements in abattoir operations: copy of 5.09.91ZF32 1.10.91 2.10.91

Sub program 1.2: Crops

Panizza Crop program

- consultants 5.09.91/F33 1.10.91 2.10.91

Sub-program 1.3: Fisheries

Archer Discrepancy between expenditure in 1991 as set out in the Program Performance Statements and that shown in the draft annual report 5.09.91/F43 1.10.91 2.10.91

Archer Research program

- exact cost (details) 5.09.91/F47

Archer' Fish ageing facility, Victoria - progress 5.09.91/F48 1.10.91 2.10.91

Archer Additional arrangements and approvals granted to facilitate harvesting of trepang at Groote Eylandt 5.09.91/F52 1.10.91 2.10.91

Panizza Protection of Western Australia's silver-lipped oyster: study, legislation 5.09.91/F52 1.10.91 2.10.91

Sub program 1.5: Coal and minerals

Tambling Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act - timetable for achieving legislative amendments to the Act 5.09.91/F57 1.10.91 2.10.91

see Additional Information Volt

f

Beahan Minerals (Submerged Lands) Act - redrafting in plain English: is this based on Victorian guidelines 5.09.91/F60 1.10.91 2.10.91

Senator Subject Date to Dept./ Answer Provided

Hansard Page Received to Senator

Tambling

Program 2 - Industry Support Services

Sub-program 2.1: Natural resource management

Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre - level of financial support for 1990-91 and 1991-92 - research projects funded to other institutions: funding for and comparisons with previous years 5.09.91/F61-62 1.10.91

Tambling North Australian Future Development Workshop - relationship between the proposals for this workshop and the work that has been commissioned by the Minister Assisting the

Prime Minister for Northern Australia, and associated studies being conducted at James Cook University - duplication between the workshop and the studies conducted at James Cook University 5.09.91/F63 1.10.91

Crane National afforestation program - names of organisations receiving grants and how much each receives 5.09.91/F64 1.10.91

Tambling

Sub-program 23: Quarantine and inspection

Department's response to the recommendations arising out of the Review o f Post-Entry Plant Quarantine Facilities in the Northern Territory 5.09.91/F72 1.10.91

2.10.91

2.10.91

2.10.91

2.10.91

Remarks

see Additional Information VoLl

421

Senator Subject Date to Dept./

Hansard Page Answer Received

Crane Explanation for 'miscellaneous' in estimates 5.09.91/F79 1.10.91

Crane Total expenditure and revenue received from levies by AQIS on a State by State basis 5.09.91/F80 1.10.91

Crane Auditor-General's Report - action taken on matters referred to the Department - quarantine and inspection sub-program:

difference in expenditure and revenue, - cross-subsidisation occurring between States 5.09.91/F80 1.10.91

Tambling Meat inspectors located in towns that no longer have abattoirs - number offered relocation assistance - number who refused relocation assistance or

to transfer - inspectors recruited since abattoir closures and to what areas have they been assigned 5.09.91/F85-86 1.10.91

Panizza AQIS link with Austrade - liaison between the two organisations - do the two services overlap 5.09.91/F85 1.10.91

Program 3 - Research and Assessment

Sub-program 3.1: Geoscience and Resource Assessment

Panizza Nature of building requiring an allocation for construction of departmental facilities 5.09.91/F85 1.10.91

Panizza Scope for increasing number of services for which customers are charged 5.09.91/F85 1.10.91

2.10.91

2.10.91

Provided to Senator

2.10.91

2.10.91

2.10.91

2.10.91

2.10.91

see Additional Information VoLl

Remarks

f ----------------------------------------------- Senator Subject Date to Dept./ Answer Hansard Page ReceivedProvided to Senator

Sub-program 33: Rural research

Archer Auslralian animal health information system - details of the six animal diseases to be used during pilot program 5.09.91/F82 1.10.91

Program 4 - Corporate Management and Policy

Sub-program 4.1: Corporate policy

Tambling Alice Springs Road Transport Conference of March 1991 - Government response to the recommendations - when will response be tabled in Parliament - what initiatives are included in 1991-92 Budget 5.09.91/F86 1.10.91

Tambling Consultants - expenditure for 1990-91 and 1991-92 5.09.91/F86 1.10.91

Crane Sustainable development working groups - members of those groups - members who have received financial assistance 5.09.91/F84 1.10.91

2.10.91

2.10.91

2.10.91

2.10.91

Remarks

see Additional Information VoLl

423

Senator Subject Date to Dept./ Answer Provided

Hansard Page Received to Senator

Department of Transport and Communica'hons

Questions Placed on Notice prior to bearings

Short Approved grams to trade unions or community groups in 1990/91 - name of trade union or community group who received funds - amount of grant - purpose of grant

- under what program was grant made - was any contribution made by the trade union or community group towards the project and what amounts were involved 20.08.91/F84

Short Outstanding acquittals for grants made in 1990/91 - name of organisation - sum involved

- date of grant 20.08.91/F84

Short Research studies and/or opinion polls commissioned for 1990/91 - subject of research study or opinion poll - sum involved

- period of research study or opinion poll - who conducted research study or opinion poll - were projects subject to tendering process. If yes, how many tenderers were there. If no,

how were the successful agencies chosen 20.08.91/F85

Remarks

E -----

Senator Subject Date to Dept./ Answer

Hansard Page Received Provided to Senator

Short Advertising or promotional projects the Department or any of its Statutory Authorities has undertaken during the financial year - list of In each case: - what was the subject - what was the cost and period involved - who conducted the campaign - did the Department or Statutory Authority seek

the advice or assistance of the Office of Government Information and Advertising of the campaign, and if so, what advice or assistance was given - was the campaign subject to a tendering process.

If yes, how many tenderers were there. If no, how was the successful agency chosen. 20.08.91/F85

Short Publications, videos or television advertisements produced in 1990/91 - how many copies of these were produced - at what cost in relation to each 20.08.91/F85

Short Were any campaigns undertaken by the Department to direct mail to relevant target groups in 1990/91. If so, what material was distributed, at what cost and how many direct mail items were

involved. 20.08.91/F85

Remarks

425

Senator Subject Date to Dept./ Answer Provided

Hansard Page Received to Senator

Parer How much did lhe Department or Statutory Authorities within the portfolio spend on external printing and/or print services in 1990-91? Of this total, how much was: - contracted to and supplied by the AG PS - contracted through the AGPS to the private

sector - contracted direct to the private sector. 4.09.91/F84

Parer How much does the Department expect to spend on external printing and/or print services in 1991-91? 4.09.91/F84

Parer Does the Department maintain any internal printing capacity (including photocopying facilities)? If so please detail: - the number of photocopy or similar machines

and the number of sheets printed by these machines during 1990-91 - the number of offset printing presses and the number of sheets printed by these

machines during 1990-91 - the number of staff/staff years allocated to internal printing services in the

Department 4.09.91/F84

Parer If the Department maintains in-house printing facilities, is the Department aware of Finance Direction 25F? If so, has the Department undertaken any evaluation of the full cost of maintaining those in-house facililties? If so, what were the results? 4.09.91/F84

Remarks

426

t--------- Senator Subject Date to Dept./ Answer Hansard Page ReceivedProvided to Senator Short

Short

Kemp

How much did the ABC receive in 1990/91 from payments by external organisations for it to televise particular programs? 5.09.91/F85

Does RAGE receive any funding from external sources in 1990/91? If so, from whom, and how much. Are there any conditions imposed by external organisations on the content or

format of the program? 5.09.91/F85

Questions Taken on Notice at the hearings

General Questions

Union officials - policy of Department, associated enterprises, agencies and other organisations regarding payments to employees who are union officials

when they are working on behalf of the union - employees on Department's payroll who are full time union officials: names, job classifications and salaries - employees on Department's payroll who are part

time union officials: names, job classifications and salaries - total cost to the Department and associated enterprises and agencies of these employees 10.09.91/F247

Remarks

427

Senator Subject Date to Dept./ Answer Provided

Hansard Page Received to Senator

Panizza Administrative Arrangements - break-down by month of administrative expenditures for the Department and for the Land Transport programs: officer travel,

office furniture, office equipment, etc 12.09.91/F251

Program 1 - Aviation

Sub-program U : Federal Airports Corporation

Bishop Bankstown Airport - action taken in response to a complaint concerning the condition of the taxiway surfaces on southern side of aerodrome 10.09.91/F92,115

- Sewer line: northern and southern side, if none whether received requests; construction of line along Tower Road 10.09.91/F93,97

- budgeted expenditure for capital works 10.09.91/F95 - FAC action in response to air safety incident reports 10.09.91/F99

- undertaking to install cat's eyes to aid direction on southern side taxiways 10.09.91/F114

- gait charges 10.09.91/F114

- current method of repairing potholes on southern side 10.09.91/F115

Bishop

Crane

Budgeted expenditure for capital works at Tullamarine Airport 10.09.91/F95

List of airports where parking fees are charged 10.09.91/F106

Remarks

428

Tambling

Tambling

Tambling

Tambling

Sherry

Bishop

Senator Subject

New terminals at Darwin and Alice Springs Airports - schedule of dates when concessions signed - schedule of the names of tenants and tenancies and the status of those leases signed and not

signed - delay in opening new terminals: cost to FAC for compensation to concessionaires

Darwin Airport - general aviation facilities: extra charges for new lease sites on northern side, schedule of comparisons between charges for present and new sites 10.09.91/Fill

Consultancy of Dr Jean Battersby - remuneration and basis of engagement 10.09.91/Fill

Annual appropriation for the acquisition of art for 1990-91 and 1991-92 10.09.91/F111

Profitability of the international terminal facility at Hobart Airport vis-a-vis the international terminal facilities at other FAC airports 10.09.91/F112

Percentage of total national business that is done at duty free airports in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide 10.09.91/F116

10.09.91/F106

10.09.91/F107

10.09.91/F109

Date to Dept./ Answer Hansard Page Received Provided to Senator

Bishop Copy of current RFT

Remarks

10.09.91/FI 18

Senator Subject Date to Dept./ Answer

Hansard Page Received Provided to Senator

Boswell

Kernot

Tambling

Sub-pmgram 1.6: Civil Aviation Authority

Aircraft placed into a holding pattern - number of delays caused by traffic controllers for last two months 10.09.91/FI 19,120

- cost incurred by the various airlines 10.09.91/F120

Denial of redundancy payments for some Commonwealth employees with previous ADF service: reason for policy 10.09.91/F121

ABC FM and Radio National services for Alice Springs - working parties CAA has been involved in to finalise the establishment of these facilities 10.09.91/F122

Tambling CAA owned residential housing - policy and basis for disposal 10.09.91/F124

- number of residential properties in each State, the value of those properties and the valuation basis on which they were offered for sale to employees 10.09.91/F124

- consultations with Defence re disposal 10.09.91/F124

- employee purchase of two properties within 12 months or two years: amounts paid by the CAA in respect of property dealings for the last two financial years 10.09.91/F125

Remarks

\ ---------------------------------------------- Senator Subject Date to Dept./ Answer Hansard Page ReceivedProvided to SenatorTambling Schacht

Crane

Bishop

Control of air movements associated with Kakadu National Park - are proposed rules consistent with any other national parks in Australia

- representations from and consultations with Aboriginal interests - who makes final decision - summissions for other parks

TAATs tendering process - prime contractor; Australian

Air navigation charges for a 5,000-kilogram turbo-prop aircraft

Terrestrial microwave transmission network connecting Melbourne with Brisbane - CAA’s management of the network - cost effectiveness of the network

10.09.91/F126

10.09.91/F127 10.09.91/F127 10.09.91/FI 27

10.09.91/F130

10.09.91/F143

10.09.91/F198

Bishop Two Centre' project

- use of satellite instead of the microwave network or the national voice/data network - why possible use of the national voice/data network was ignored by the project group - design of communications aspects so the

delay introduced by satellite transmission will not impact on the quality of the many communication circuits - has the communication architecture been

designed to prevent the use of more than one satellite link 10.09.91/F198

Remarks

431

Senator Subject Date to Dept./ Answer Provided Remarks

Hansard Page Received to Senator

Bishop Two Centre' project (continued) - has recently issued tender described the existing a) national voice/data network, b) terrestrial microwave network, c) existing

investment in Digital computer equipment and/or d) existing investment in PABX systems 10.09.91/F198

Bishop Re-organisation of CAA why was the opportunity to integrate the management of all communications services not pursued during the re-organisation

CAA's recognition of the potential to save costs with integration Management's recognition of the additional costs incurred by operating these separate networks to

maintain a separation of operational and other communications 10.09.91/F198

Chief Executive's awareness of and visits to the centre Chief Executive's awareness of the representations made by this group to the Two Centre project team and that the

project team won't even consider using the national voice/data network 10.09.91/F198

Bishop Group Computer Network (GCN)

Bishop Chairman's awareness of any of the issues raised in the questions shown above and found on Hansard page F198 10.90.91/F198

432

Senator Subject Date to Dept./

Hansard Page Answer Received

Program 2 - Broadcasting

Sub-program Z l: Broadcasting policy

Panizza Recommendations of the Price Waterhouse Urwick Report, Future Management o f Commonwealth Transmitting, November 1990 - if recommendations rejected, is there any

plan to alter the present management arrangements of the transmitting facilities - is there any plan to open to competitive tender the contracts for the design and maintenance of the facilities 10.09.91/F199

Panizza Principles underlying the exemption of the ABC and SBS from the efficiency dividend 10.09.91/F200

Sub-program ZZ· Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Bishop List of Canberra based staff, the positions and cost 10.09.91/F147

Bishop Co-production cost to broadcast sport - list of those that have gone to air - percentage the sport concerned had to pay of the total cost of putting it to air

10.09.9t/F153

10.09.91/F153

Panizza List of regions to be visited by the ABC orchestras 10.09.91/F155

Panizza

Crane

Broome Aboriginal Radio - ABC's involvement - future assistance by the ABC: philosophy, principle and commitment

10.09.91/F155

10.09.91/F157

Panizza Cuts in estimates: percentage changes 10.09.91/F157

Provided to Senator Remarks

f

Senator Subject Date to Dept./ Answer

Hansard Page Received

Tambling List of programs that affect regional and rural Australia that have had to be altered in this year's programming 10.09.91/F158

Tambling ABC FM Stereo and Radio National transmission facilities in Alice Springs - date become operational 10.09.91/F160

Tambling ABC residential housing - basis for determining valuations and why not using current valuations as at date of application to purchase the properly 10.09.91/F160

- Australian Valuation Office advice on valuation - number of residential properties in each 10.09.91/F161

State, the value of those properties, dates on which sold, the valuation used to calculate those sale prices and the dates on which each

valuation was adopted 10.09.91/F161

- special assistance for housing provided to ABC employees when move to a new post or relocated - consultations with Defence Housing 10.09.91/F161

Authority re disposal of properties in the Northern Territory 10.09.91/F161

Crane Further information on 'other specialist programs' 10.09.91/F164

Sherry Breakdown of figures from diary surveys in Hobart 10.09.91/F164

Sherry Details of the audience that is reached by Radio Australia 10.09.91/F165

Bishop Ultimo property: financial arrangements 10.09.91/F166

Bishop Complaint concerning an interview on the 7.30 Report - action taken 10.09.91/F168

Provided to Senator Remarks

434

Senator Subject

Bishop

Panizza

Panizza

Panizza

Panizza

Panizza

Plagiarism by electronic media journalists

Basis for General Managers prediction of a fall in revenue for 1991-92 amd what is the expected revenue

Details of costs of raising the $59.1 gross revenue generated in 1990-91 and the costs of the gross revenued to be raised in 1991-92

ABC marketing - current financial status - gross takings for 1990-91 - profit for FY 1990-91 - amount of advertising time allocated - number of personnel employed in marketing

division - number of those personnel employed in ABC shops

Explanation for statement that the ABC paid 'the equivalent of a 3% annual dividend to the Government'

Explanation of how the expansion of transmitters (for ABC FM stereo, Radio National, regional radio and ABC TV) relates to increases in productivity

10.09.91/F169

10.09.91/F198

10.09.91/F198.199

Date to Dept./ Answer Hansard Page Received

10.09.91/F199

10.09.91/F199

10.09.91/F199

Panizza Commonwealth Transmitting Stations - does the ABC believe it should have an ownership or management role in these stations - if so, what savings, if any, does the ABC

envisage could be made to the budget outlays of S76.8m in 1991-92 and in following years of these stations 10.09.91/F199

Provided to Senator Remarks

Senator Subject Date to Dept./ Answer Provided Remarks

Hansard Page Received to Senator

Panizza ABC's new radio and orchestra construction at the Southbank site in Melbourne - current status - how much has been spent on site, including

plans, etc - nature of special assistance promised by the Government - who will move to the new site - will facility accommodate all existing staff 10.09.91/F199

- has entire program budget of the eight Radio Australia sections been taken from program production and allocated to a new marketing division, if so, why and, if so, expected

impact on programs - could same restraints be applied to other divisions in the ABC - will the program budgets be restored in the

next financial year - what does marketing division expect to market - number of personnel employed in marketing 10.09.91/F199 - head of marketing: details of his experience

- budget for Radio Australia marketing in 1991-92; anticipated revenue and will this revenue be returned to program divisions - does funding for programs constitute

'sponsorship' and could the programs be compromised by funding - details of Cabinet Statement reducing the status of expatriate Australians in the

Radio Australia target priorities; who advised Cabinet on this decision; how are Radio Australia target priorities determined 10.09.91/F200

Panizza Radio Australia

Senator Subject Date to Dept./

Hansard Page Answer Received

Sub-program 2.3: Special Broadcasting Service

Bishop Language programs: list of pluses and minuses in allocation of time 10.09.91/F171

Sub-program Z4: Australian Broadcasting Tribunal

Colston Inquiry into Radio Station 4CRB - amendment to FARB submission 10.09.91/F174

Colston Sponsorship guidelines - copy of report by Mr Westerway - copy of options paper by the Department of Transport and Communications

10.09.91/F177

10.09.91/F177

Colston Community broadcast stations - number of - mean and standard deviations on the amount of 10.09.91/F178

community access broadcasts out of the total broadcast time 10.09.91/F178

Colston Copy of the report and minutes of the extraordinary meeting of the Gold Coast Christian and Community Broadcast Association 10.09.91/F178

Provided to Senator

Sub-program 2.5: Broadcasting operations

Kernel National Transmission Network - current value - anticipated expenditure for 1991-92; capital works that will be started during 1991-92 12.09.91/F247

- does a register of national transmitter assets exist, if not, why not

Remarks

Senator Subject Date to Dept./ Answer

Hansard Page Received Provided to Senator Remarks

Kernot National Transmission Network (continued) - are the costs of providing services for each user of national facilities and for providing common usage facilities recorded and reported

separately - contract relationship with regard to transmitters that will exist when Telecom

merges with OTC in 1991; does Department have a commercially viable contractual arrangement with Telecom - accommodation at single or shared national

transmitter sites of new telecommunications network carrier or third public mobile licence holder - will second telecommunications carrier build own transmission towers, if so, how many are

expected to be erected within the next two to three years. How will sites be planned. - how will these sites fit into the national transmission sites plan if they are built - have the recommendations of the Auditor-General

on the planning and management arrangements of the national transmission sites been implemented, if so, how is it to be organised - role of AUSTEL in the regulation of national

transmitter sites - effectiveness of the tripartite arrangements in providing and maintaining the national

broadcasting networks - have steps been taken to ensure the transfer of ownership of the ABC transmitters to the ABC - will ABC be disadvantaged in using these

facilities when the new carrier joins the national transmission network 12.09.91/F248

Senator Subject Date to Dept./ Answer

Hansard Page Received Provided to Senator

Kernel

Panizza

National Transmission Network (continued) - are funds for operations and maintenance and electricity included in moneys appropriated to SBS

- comparison of cost of share facilities at a single site as against a single service at that site; monitoring of comparative categories of service - action taken to prevent degradation of

existing services at Radio Australia, ABC and SBS; anticipated capital works for 1991-92; cancellation of services due to poor reception; anticipated transmission/ quality problems in next twelve months for Radio Australia, ABC and SBS 12.09.91/F248

Review of HF band: 3 megahertz to 30 megahertz 12.09.91/F213

Program 3 - Communications

Sub-program 3.2: Australian Telecommunications Corporation

Tambling Reverse charge calls - list of countries that provide reciprocal arrangements 10.09.91/F185

Remarks

Bishop

Tambling

Senator

Panizza

BRW corporate ski race - did Telecom enter a team - did Telecom pay for their ski suits, entry fees and accommodation, if so, how much it cost and why

Telecom paid 10.09.91/F187

Sub-program 3.5: Australian Postal Corporation

Subject Date to Dept./ Answer

Hansard Page Received

AUSTPOST residential housing - policy for the sale of residential housing, particularly in Northern Territory, to employees - basis for determining valuations, are they

current - number of residential properties in each State, the value at which sold and the valuation, how that valuation was arrived at

- additional subsidies or arrangements to employees if sold or purchased more than one house in a reasonable period of time - consultations with Defence Housing

Authority re disposal of properties

10.09.91/F189

10.09.91/F189

10.09.91/F189

10.09.91/F189

10.09.91/F189

Country post offices - how many of the 3,010 post offices would have been agencies all along 10.09.91/F189

- how many bigger post offices turned over to private enterprise in last eight years 10.09.91/F190

Provided to Senator Remarks

440

Senator Subject Date to Dept./

Hansard Page Answer Received

Bishop Time AUSTPOST advertises il would take to deliver interstate mail from Canberra 10.09.91/F190

Crane Staffing levels for grade 1 and 2 post offices 10.09.91/F191

Crane East Victoria Park post office in Western Australia - claims that it is to be closed down and shifted 10.09.91/F191

Program 4 - Land Transport

Sub-program 4.1: Road and rail policy development

Crane National Rail Freight Initiative Task Force - terms of reference; report 12.09.91/F214

Panizza List of projects funded in 1990-91 by the: provincial cities and rural highways program; black spots program; and the urban public transport program 12.09.91/F215

Panizza LPG

- potential loss to revenue of having LPG exempt - percentage of road use of LPG vehicles 12.09.91/F217

O'Chee National Road Transport Commission - expenditure to dale in preliminary work to set up Commission - date final draft legislation will be shown to

the State Premiers - estimated cost of Commission in first year of operation

12.09.91/F219

12.09.91/F220

12.09.91/F220

Provided to Senator Remarks

Senator Subject Date to Dept./ Answer

Hansard Page Received Provided to Senator

Panizza Percentage of tenders for Commonwealth road projects secured by private operators; how much won by State road authorities

Panizza Proportion of total maintenance budget of Commonwealth road maintenance tendered out

Panizza Amount of concrete road in Australia

Tambling Depreciation of cash commitment to Victoria Highway from original commitment for 1991-92

Tambling Road funds - commitment to better cities program - allocation of standard 3% to the Northern Territory

Tambling Alice Springs Road Transport Conference - government's response to recommendations - tabling of government response in Parliament - initiatives included in 1991-92 budget

Crane/Panizza Sub-program 4.1: Matching Program Objectives with Performance Indicators - how program expected to improve efficiency - performance indicators used to measure

effectiveness and efficiency - measurement of the quality of advice provided to the Minister - why road construction costs not used as a

performance indicator - problem of congestion in relation to the program objective of reducing vehicle

operating costs

12.09.91/F222,250

12.09.91/F222.250

12.09.91/F224

12.09.91/F248

12.09.91/F249

12.09.91/F249

12.09.91/F249

Remarks

Crane/Panizza Sub-program 4.1 (Continued) - guarantee from road construction authorities on quality of road - guarantee period from road construction

authorities in proposed quality assurance systems - trend rate of road accidents and serious injury in areas with purported higher

quality roads; is it lower than national average trend (all measures) 12.09.91/F249

Crane/Panizza Road Funding - will any funds earmarked for roads in the Budget go into rail - acutual amount of money spent on roads

(capital and recurrent, not research) in 1990-91 - estimated actual amount of money to go to roads in 1991-92 12.09.91/F249.250

Crane/Panizza Reconciliation of local 'roads' funding: Budget Paper No 4 $344.6m Table 35; $315.6m Table 21; and Budget Paper No 1 Tables 9A1.1 and 9A.4 $355m 12.09.91/F249.250

Panizza Fully-operational quality management systems - what is involved with development - operational dates - savings expected from implementation 12.09.91/F249.250

Senator Subject Date to Dept./ Answer Provided

Hansard Page Received to Senator Remarks

443

Senator Subject Date to Dept./ Answer Provided Remarks

Hansard Page Received to Senator

Panizza Commonwealth Road construction - dollar term figures for tenders for road construction for each State - proportion of total road maintenance budget

that is won by other Government agencies; dollar term figures for each State - savings made by tendering projects - does Federal department design and supervise

all road construction projects, if not, who does - differences in labour costs between projects done by day labour forces and those contracted

to private operators - cost of road construction and maintenance in different areas of Australia (typical costs) - proportion of total costs of road construction

and road repairs and maintenance for: labour, plant and equipment, pavement materials (type and durability), government charges/taxes, interest payments, and R & D 12.0 9 .9 1 /F2 5 0

Sub-program 4.2: Road safety

Panizza Child restraints: wearing rates 12.09.91/F226

Panizza Number of child fatalities in last couple of years 12.09.91/F226

Panizza Number of approvals given for importers of second-hand vehicles 12.09.91/F229

444

Senator Subject Date to Dept./ Answer

Hansard Page Received Provided to Senator

Sub-program 43: Australian National Railways Commission

Tambling

Panizza

Panizza

Panizza

National freight initiative - target set for each terminal to meet in order to perform properly

National Rail Corporation - source of funds (how much each year) - absence of rail users on proposed Board

Country Passenger Services - is AN going to maintain these services - which ones - subsidy to each service

Tasrail - any work done on the effect of the sale of Tasrail to the private sector or employees, if so, what were the findings, if not, why not

10.09.91/F195

10.09.91/F200

10.09.91/F200

10.09.91/F200

Program 5 - Maritime

Sub-program 5.1: Maritime policy

Crane Copy of the terms of reference of the

Commonwealth-State working party to evaluate The National Plan to Combat the Pollution of the Sea by Oil' 12.09.91/F235

Remarks

Senator Subject Date to Dept./ Answer Provided

Hansard Page Received to Senator

Sub-program S3: Waterfront Industry Reform Authority

Panizza Re-classification of stevedore positions - additional cost per employee: ranges across the broad-banding of groups 12.09.91/F239

Panizza Summary of redundancies achieved 12.09.91/F239

Panizza Summary of specialists recruited 12.09.91/F240

Panizza Idle time payment - total sum paid since the commencement of the waterfront reform process - total payments in 1991 financial year and

to end financial year 1990-91 12.09.91/F242

Sub-program 5.4: Shipping Industry Reform Authority

Panizza Variations between the award and conditions for tugs and those for the ANL 12.09.91/F244

Crane Has the PSA report been released, if so, what conclusions can be drawn as the success or otherwise of the two reform packages 12.09.91/F249

Panizza Bass Strait Service - number of container slots per year between Tasmania and the mainland (400,000?) - has it been necessary to supplement ANL

capital to balance their accounts as a result of capital costs and operating losses 12.09.91/F251

Remarks

446

Senator Subject Date to Dept./ Answer

Hansard Page Received Provided to Senator

Panizza Bass Strait Service (continued) - what proportion of the trade has ANL achieved with their recent return to the Bass Strait service - is the service, on their occupancy rate,

economically viable - capital expenditure required at terminals by ANL to restart (heir service - amount paid by Government or ANL for the

completion of recent contracts (Carrington Bale Out) 12.09.91/F251

Panizza Foreign Flag Ships

- number declared unsafe under Australian regulations during 1990-91 - number detained under Australian regulations during 1990-91 - reasons they were declared unsafe or detained - percentage of foreign flag ships using

Australian waters - percentage of all ships using Australian waters - percentage of all ships declared unsafe or detained - number engaged in trading activities in

Australian waters - into what categories, and in what proportions, did their trade fall - number of single voyage permits issued in 1990-91 - number of vessels to which permits issued that

were declared unsafe or detained under Australian regulations in 1990-91 - how many of them have ever been declared unsafe or detained under Australian regulations 12.09.91/F251

Remarks

447

Senator Subject Date to Dept./ Answer Provided Remarks

Hansard Page Received to Senator

Panizza Foreign Flag Ships (continued) - number of single voyage permits refused in 1990-91 - number of these refusals that were for safely reasons - number of continuous voyage permits issued in

1990-91 - number of continuous voyage permits refused in 1990-91 - number of these refusals that were for safety reasons 12.09.91/F251 - If cabotage policy did not apply, what safety

regulations would apply to foreign flag ships on the Australian coast, and what would be the average per vessel cost of policing and enforcing them 12.09.91/F252

Program 6 - Corporate Direction and Support

Sub-program 6.1: Executive

Panizza Effort expended in the preparation of the sale of Australian Airlines and Qantas; consultants 12.09.91/F245

Sub-program 6.2: Management support and advice

Panizza Date judgment on damages will be handed down in the Amann case 12.09.91/F246

448

Γ

Senator Subject Date to Dept./ Answer

Hansard Page Received Provided to Senator Remarks

Kernel

Crane

Panizza

Sub-program 63: Research

Bureau of Transport and Communications Economics (BTCE) - amount spent in 1989-90 and 1990-91 on producing publicity materials to promote services: separate

figures for glossy publications brochures, publicity materials, information leaflets, publication lists, advertising material or any other published materials - cost of producing glossy BTCE publications brochure

for July 1991 and the research report for 1991-92 - number of people directly employed in promoting BTCE's services to users or prospective customers of the service - number of organisations and individuals on BTCE's

mailing and distribution lists 12.09.91/F248

Copy of the Bureau's report on the efficient transportation of export coal 12.09.91/F247

List of consultants used in the last two years 12.09.91/F247

449

450

INDEX TO HANSARD THURSDAY, 5 SEPTEMBER 1991 TUESDAY, 10 SEPTEMBER 1991 THURSDAY, 12 SEPTEMBER 1991

452

453

ESTIMATES COMMITTEE F HANSARD INDEX

Thursday, 5 September 1991

Subject Page

INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS PORTFOLIO

General Questions

Review of COMCARE F3

Timing of Estimates process F3

Draft annual report F3

Valuation of assets F4

Internal audit controls F4

Printing services F84

Grants to trade unions or community groups F84

Advertising or promotional projects F85

Research studies and opinion polls F85

Union officials F247

Program l - Industrial Relations Wages, Incomes and Labour Market Development

Sub-program 1.1: Policy development and advice

Interests of workers with family responsibilities F4-F5

Receipts credited under section 35 of the Audit Act F5

Sub-program 12: Industrial relations development

Federal Award Text Retrieval System F6

Reason for increase in total outlays F6-F7

454

Workplace Reform Consultancy Service r 1

Sub-program 13: Special industry services

Stevedoring industry levy - check of company records F7

- collection of levies F7-F8

- enterprise agreements F8

Coal mining industry long service leave fund F8

Sub-program 1.4: Affirmative Action Agency

Reports by private sector employers - reports not lodged F8-F9

Sub-program 13: Australian Industrial Relations Commission and Australian Industrial Registry

Meat industry inquiry F9

Correction to program performance statements F9

Assets register, valuation and recording of inventories F ll

Sub-program 1.6: National Occupational Health and Safety Commission (Worksafe Australia)

Grants to the CAI and ACTU F10

Administration of grants F ll

Sub-program 1.7: Australian Trade Union Training Authority

Executive Council - new representatives F10

- tenure F10

- voluntary or paid positions F10

- number of meetings F10

Weakness in financial controls F10-F11

Program 2 - Australian Government Employment: Remuneration, Structures and Conditions

Sub-program 2.1: Australian Public Service Pay and Structures

Implementation of Accord Mark VI - productivity targets F12

- implications for Public Service employment F12-F13

- assessment of productivity F13

Sub-program 22: Remuneration and conditions

Advice to GBEs and statutory authorities F13-F14

Sub-program 23: Remuneration tribunals

Defence Force Remuneration Tribunal - salaries increase F14

Remuneration Tribunal - the link of parliamentary salaries to Public Service salaries F14

Sub-program 24: Commission for the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation o f Commonwealth Employees (COMCARE)

Response to Auditor-General's report F15-F16

Objectives and performance measures F15-F16

Administrative costs F16-F17

Cash on hand F17

Program 3 - Corporate Management and Support

Sub-program 32: Legal services F17

Sub-program 33: Policy coordination and communication

Internal re-structuring F17-F18

Absence of Derivations in program performance statements F19

456

Sub-program 3.4: Corporate services

PRIMARY INDUSTRIES AND ENERGY PORTFOLIO

General Questions

Changes to staff and staffing levels F21-F22

Change in objectives F21-F22

Outlays for 1990-91 and 1991-92 F22-F23

Timing of Committee's access to the Program Performance Statements F23

Policy on export controls on primary industry products and radioactive waste management F23

Program performance statements E24

Consultants F24

Travel related expenses F24

Printing services F84

Grants to trade unions or community groups F84

Advertising or promotional projects F85

Research studies and opinion polls F85

proportion of 1989-90, 1990-91 and 1991-92 Budgets sourced by industry funds F86

Union officials F247

Program 1 - Industries Development

Sub-program 1.1: Livestock and pastoral

Meat inspectors on workers compensation F24

Administrative expenses F24-F25

Reduction in estimates F25

Cattle transaction levy - revenue F25-F26

- complaints F26-F27

- share arrangements between Commonwealth and industry F27 - collection point of levy F27

Meat Research Corporation Act 1985 - Commonwealth contribution F27

Exotic Animal Disease Preparedness Trust Account - reduction in payment to account F27

- Victorian situation F27-F28

Tuberculosis and brucellosis program F28

Merino rams and semen export F28

Wool - trade with Soviet Union, Baltics, Poland, Czechoslovakia, etc F29 - support payment scheme F29

Live sheep exports F29-F30

Embargo on cheese imported from the United States F30

Chicken Meat Research and Development Council - funding arrangements F30

Inconsistencies in levies across industries F30-F31

Wool realisation - payment of debt F31-F32, F35-F36

Exotic animal disease preparedness F32

Abattoir operations F32

Interim Wool Policy Council F32

Negotiations with Chinese regarding their import duties on wool F32

458

Sub-program L·2: Crops

Salaries and payments F32-F33

Crop program F33

Variations in administrative expenses and revenue F33-F34

Compensation paid to the grain industry in respect of trade sanctions against Iraq F34-F35

Australia's access to Iraqi assets frozen in the USA F35

Investments made by Australian Wheat Board F35

Research by commodities in trust account F36

Australian exports of canned fruits to Canada F37

Plant Variety Rights F41-F42

Bilateral consultations with key countries regarding protectionism F37-F38

Microeconomic reform in wheat industry F38

EFIC F39

Use of generic terms in wine production F30-F40

Department's action to ease burden of recession in rural areas F40

Concessional loan to Letona F40

Membership of international organisations F40-F41

Variations in levies and export charges F41

Australian negotiations with USA regarding their export enhancement program F42

Impact of peas and potatoes imported from New Zealsnd F42

Sub-program 1J: Fisheries

Discrepancy in recording of expenditure for 1991 F43

Variation in estimates for 1990-91 and 1991-92 F43

Fisheries resource research F44

Administrative expenses F44

Internal organisation of the Department F44-F45

Number of staff solely engaged in preparation of the new organisation F45

Payments by fishermen as numbers are reduced F45-F46

Maintenance of existing rights in established fisheries F46

Government involvement in exploratory fishing F46

Commercial agreements with operators F46

Task force to examine and recommend structural adjustment on each fishery F46

Contributions to trust fund to match fishing and aquiculture industries F46

Industry contribution to management related research F46

Southern shark and gemfish industies F46

Research program F46-F47

Restriction on fisheries until Christmas F47

Buy-back scheme F47

Tuna and billfish research F47-F48

Fish ageing facility, Victoria F48

Publication of Australian Fisheries F48

Publication of brief details for individual fisheries F48

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Australian/Japanese joint tuna fanning project at Port Lincoln F48-F49

Access of foreign fishing interests in the east coast tuna fishery F49

Buy-out of prawn boats in the northern gulf F49

Action taken when quota on gemfish exceeded F51-F52

Objectives F50

Industrial bans by fisheries union F51

Level of staffing F51

National working group on ecologically sustainable development F51

Harvesting of trepang at Groote Eylandt F52

Protection of Western Australia's silver-lipped oyster F52

Sub-program 1.4: Petroleum

Petroleum (Submerged Lands) Act 1967 - reduction in 1991-92 estimate of expenditure F52-F53

Increase in repayments under the Pipeline Authority Act 1973 F53

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation energy project F53

Excise from Jackson and Saladin fields F53-F54

Department supervision of types of ships that deliver oil to Australia F54

Coordination between Federal and State governments to handle potential environmental damage from oil pollution F54-F55

Sub-program 1J>: Coal and minerals

Medium or high level radioactive storage depot F55

Storage of low level waste in Western Australia F55

Rehabilitation of former mine sites in the Northern Territory F55-F61

Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act - legislative amendments

Three mines policy

Redrafting of the Minerals (Submerged Lands) Act

Pricing dispute over export controls on bauxite and alumina

Program 2 - Industry Support Services

Sub-program 2.1: Natural resource management

Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre

Research projects in the Murray-Darling Basin

Proposed environmental protection agency

North Australian future development workshop

North Australian Development Conference

Grants for water resources assessment and research

Grants for the national afforestation program

Landcare Australia Ltd

National soil conservation program

Whole or part farm plans

Sub-program 2.2: Rural adjustment and services

Distribution of funds under the structural adjustment scheme

Salaries and payments

Rural counselling

F57

F57-F60

F60

F60

F61-F62,F68

F62

F62

F62-F63

F63

F63-F64

F64-F66

F66-F67

F67-F68

F68

F69-F70

F70-F71

F71-F72

L

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Sub-program 13: Quarantine and inspection

Post-entry plant quarantine facility in the Northern Territory

Importation of cold smoked salmon from New Zealand

Salmonoids exported to New Zealand

Danger of contamination in imported salmon

Consultants' report on AQIS

Charges for services

Cost of phytosanitary certification for seed samples

Program to assist exporters with their quality management system

Recovery of costs for weekend service

Control of ballast water

Contracting of inspection services

Percentage of food imported that is inspected by AQIS

Payment of loans to Victoria for superannuation arrangements

Explanation for 'miscellaneous' in estimates

Expenditure and revenue received from levies by AQIS

Weakness in financial controls

Meat inspectors located in towns that no longer have abattoirs - number offered relocation assistance - number refused relocation assistance or to transfer - inspectors recruited since abattoir closures

AQIS link with Austrade

Sub-program 14: Energy

Administrative expenses

F72

F72-F73

F73

F73-F74

F75

F75-F76

F76

F76-F78

F78

F78

F78-F79

F79

F79

F79

F80

F80

F83.F85 F83,F85 F83,F86

F85

F80

F80

Sub-program 2.6: Other industry services

Agricultural and veterinary chemical fees

Property operating expenses F80-F81

Program 3 - Research and Assessment

Sub-program 3.1: Geoscience and Resource Assessment

Nature of building requiring an allocation of departmental facilities F85

Scope for increasing number of services for which customers are charged F85

Sub-program 3.2: Agricultural resource economic analysis

Independence of ABARE F81-F82

Sub-program 33: Rural research

Australian animal health information system program F82

Management of introduced and native wild animals in Australia F82

Representation of wheat yield trends F83-F83

Program 4 - Corporate Management and Policy

Sub-program 4.1: Corporate policy

Alice Springs Road Transport Conference of March 1991 F83,F86

Consultants F83.F86

Sustainable development working groups F84

Tuesday 10 September 1991

Subject

TRANSPORT AND COMMUNICATIONS PORTFOLIO

General Questions

Printing services

Grants to trade unions or community groups

Advertising or promotional projects

Research studies and opinion polls

Draft annual report received late or not at all

Accountability of off-Budget authorities

Program 1 - Aviation

Sub-program 1J: Federal Airports Corporation

Draft annual report unavailable

Bankstown airport - complaints by tenants F90-92,

- sewer line - motel development - near-accident involving a helicopter

Board meetings

Development at Tullamarine

Tourist entry to Australia

Aircraft parking

Aircraft parking/landing fees

Profit

Cross-subsidy

Page

F84

F84

F85

F85

F89-F90

F100-F101, FI 18

F90, F97

F96, F98-F100, F114-F115 F93, F97, F107 F93, F97 F98-F99

F94, F101-F102

F95

F96

F98

FI06, F114-F115

F103, F112

F103-F104

‘iOU

Compass Airlines

Terminals at Darwin & Alice Springs

Consultancy: Dr Jean Battersby

Hobart Airport

Concessions

F104-F106

F109-F111

F ill, F114

F111-F112

F106, F109, F115-F118

Sub-program 1.6: Civil Aviation Authority

Aircraft holding patterns F118-F120

Redundancy packages F120-F121

Alice Springs radio F121-F122

Aerodrome licensing F122-F124

Housing owned by the CAA F124-F125

Tamworth airport fire station facility F124

Rules for low-flying aircraft over National Parks F126-F127

TAAT tender process F127-F142

Annual report F142

Dividend F142-F143

Aircraft charges F143-F146

Terrestrial microwave transmission network connecting Melbourne and Brisbane F197

Two Centre' project F198

P r o g r a m 2 - B r o a d c a s t i n g

Sub-program 22: Australian Broadcasting Corporation

External funding of ABC programs

Funding for RAGE

Canberra staff

Editorial and program policies

Co-production with regard to reporting events - reference to sponsors

Rights fees

ABC orchestras and country visits

Broome Aboriginal radio

Radio Australia - marketing

National/local sport

Rural program changes

Alice Springs radio

Housing - ABC residences in the NT - employee assistance - negotiations with Defence Housing Authority

Annual report

Australian content on TV

Evening audience: TV

Development at Southbank (Melbourne)

Sydney property

Policy on plagiarism

F85

F85

F146-F147

F147-F151, F167-F168

F151-F154 F153-F154

F152

F155

F155-F157

F157, F161-F165 F199

F157-F158

F158-F159

F159-F160

F160 F161 F161

F162

F164

F164

F165, F199

F166

F168-F169

Revenue for 1990-91 and 1991-92 F198

ABC marketing F199

Dividend F199

Expansion of transmitters F199

Commonwealth transmitting stations F199

Sub-program 23: Special Broadcasting Service

Language programs F169-F171

Soccer rights F171-F172

Northern Territory programs F172

Salaries and administrative expenses F172-F173

Sub-program 24: Australian Broadcasting Tribunal

License renewal of 4 CRB (Gold Coast) F185, F187

Residential housing F185

0055 Numbers F185

Program 3 - Communications

Sub-program 3.6: Australian Telecommunications Authority

Public involvement F187-F188

Sub-program 33: Australian Postal Corporation

Residential housing F189

Post office agencies F189-F191

Program 4 - Land Transport

Sub-program 43: Australian National Railways Commission

National Rail Freight Corporation F191

- commencement date F191

- shareholders' agreement F191-F192

- Board of Directors F192

- location of headquarters F192, FI 96

- terminals' performance F194

- role of AN FI 95

- profitability F197

AN operations F193-F197

Tasmanian rail F196-F197, F200

National Rail Corporation - funds F200

- membership of Board F200

Country passenger services F200

Thursday 12 September 1991

Subject

TRANSPORT AND COMMUNICATIONS PORTFOLIO

General Questions

Union officials

Administrative expenditure

Program 1 - Aviation

Sub-program 1.1: Aviation Policy, Security and Infrastructure

Aerodrome local ownership plan

Airport security

Second Sydney airport

Sub-program 12: Investigating for safety

MU 2s

Administrative expenses

Program 2 - Broadcasting

Sub-program 2.1: Broadcasting policy

ABC and SBS exemption from the efficiency dividend

Ethnic radio News Service

SBS radio reception

Training of Aboriginal announcers

Page

F247

F251

F202-F203

F203-F205

F204

F205-F206

F206-F207

F199

F207-F209

F208

F209

470

Sub-program 2-5: Broadcasting operations

Administrative expenses

Management of radio transmitters

Commonwealth transmission network

Program 3 - Communications

Sub-program 3.1: Telecommunications policy

Second telecommunications carrier selection F211

F209

F199, F210

F247-F248

Sub-program 3.7: Radiocommunications policy and operations

Off-budget agancies (OTC and Aussat) F211-F212

Frequency band plans - two-way radio

F212

F212-F214

Program 4 - Land Transport

Sub-program 4.1: Road and rail policy development

National Rail Freight Initiative Task Force F214-F215

National Rail Corporation F215

Australian Land Transport Development Act funding F215, F217

Heavy vehicle charges F215-F218, F220-F221

- effect on regions F218

National Road Transport Commission F216

- regulations for heavy vehicles F216

- location of office F216

- membership F216

- road charging guidelines F216

- volumetric loading F219

- establishment F219-F220

- effect in the Northern Territory F221

Absence of a charge on LPG F216-F217

471

Tenders for Commonwealth road projects F222

Quality management systems F222-F225

Road construction costs F223-F225

Urban public transport funding F225

Cash commitment to the Victoria Highway F248

Allocation of road funds F249

Government's response to recommendations of the Road Transport Conference F249

Roads - program performance indicators F249

- quality F249

- funding F249

- reconciliation of local 'roads' funding F249

- construction and maintenance F250

Quality mangement systems F249-F250

Administrative expenditure F251

Sub-program 4-2: Road safety

Child safety campaign F225

Rural drivers F226

Truck driving hours in Western Australia F226-F227

Car theft F227-F228

Air bags F228

Effectiveness of programs F229

Road safety improvement package F230

Young driver training F230-F231

Australian Motocycle Council grant F231-F232

Program 5 - Maritime

Sub-program 5.1: Mantime policy

Ships (Capital Grants) Act allocation

Search and rescue

Oil pollution incidents

Ship structural strength

Sub-program 53: Waterfront Industry Reform Authority

Administrative expenses

Classification of stevedore positions

Waterfront reform program

Sub-program 5.4: Shipping Industry Reform Authority

Redundancies

Award provisions

PSA report

Bass Strait service

Foreign flag ships

Program 6 - Corporate Direction and Support

Sub-program 6.1: Executive

Administrative expenses - staff years

Strategic direction of the portfolio

F232

F232-F233

F233-F238

F236-F237

F238

F238, F242

F239-F243

F243

F243-F244

F249

F251

F251-F252

F244

F244-F245·

F245

Sub-program 6.2: Management support and advice

Compensation and legal expenses F245

- Amann case F245-F246

Sub-program 63: Research F246

BTCE advertising materials F248

474

M IN U T E S O F P R O C E E D IN G S

476

477

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Thursday, 5 Septem ber 1991

1. M EETING : The Committee met in public session at 2.05pm in the Main Committee Room. The Chairman, Senator Beahan, took the Chair.

2. O P E N IN G ST A T E M E N T B Y C H A IR M A N : The Chairman reported the Resolution of the Senate, dated 22 August 1991, relating to the consideration of particulars of proposed expenditure for 1991-92 and made a statement relating to the procedure to be followed by the Committee in its examination of the

Estimates.

3. P A R T IC U L A R S O F PR O P O SE D E X P E N D IT U R E 1991-92:

PO R T FO L IO O F IN D U S T R IA L RELATIONS:

In attendance: Senator the Hon. Peter Cook, Minister for Industrial Relations. The Minister was accompanied by the following officers:

Department of Industrial Relations -Mr R. L. Marshman, Deputy Secretary Mr T. Munyard, Assistant Secretary, Resources Branch Mr B. Yates, First Assistant Secretary, Industrial Relations Policy Division

Mr P. Reece, Acting First Assistant Secretary, Industrial Relations Development Division Mr R. Fotheringham, Senior Specialist Mr N. Jacobs, Acting Assistant Secretary, Development Services Branch

Mr B. Carton, Assistant Secretary, Awards Management Branch Mr M. Coghlan, First Assistant Secretary, Pay and Structures Division Mr R. Hoy, First Assistant Secretary, Remuneration and Conditions Division Mr R. Stewart-Crompton, First Assistant Secretary, Legal Services Group

Ms M. Stanton, First Assistant Secretary, Corporate Development Division Mr D. Macdonald, Assistant Secretary, International and Secretariat Branch

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Affirmative Action Agency:

Ms V. Pratt, Director Ms J. Allen

Australian Industrial Relations Commission and Australian Industrial Registry:

Mr M. Kelly, Executive Director, Corporate Services Mr J. Leydon, Director, Administration

National Occupational Health and Safety Commission:

Mr L. Strange, Acting Deputy Chief Executive Mr J. Nolan-Neylan, Director, Resource Management Mr F. Maestrelli, Manager, Finance and Services

Trade Union Training Authority:

Mr P. Drew, National Industry Training Co-ordinator Mr T. Prabhakaran, Manager, Finance

Remuneration Tribunals:

Mr T. Kenna, Executive Officer

Commission for the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation of Commonwealth Employees:

Ms J. Neary, Acting Chief Executive Officer Mr R. Knapp, Deputy Chief Executive Officer Mr P. Pharaoh, General Manager, Finance and Systems Mr P. Skeen, General Manager, Claims Management

Department of Finance -Mr G. Hehir, Director, Industrial Relations and Immigration Branch Ms J. Pettit, Senior Finance Officer, Industrial Relations and Immigration Branch

The Chairman called on consideration of general items spanning more than one program and then the following Programs requiring Expenditure for consideration by the Committee:

Program 1: Industrial Relations Wages, Incomes and Labour Market Developments Program 2: Australian Government Employment: Remuneration, Structures and Conditions Program 3: Corporate Management and Support

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Division 365-371 (Document A) Division 910-912 (Document B)

Together the expenditure in these Programs comprised the following:

4. PA R T IC U L A R S O F P R O P O SE D E X P E N D IT U R E 1991-92:

PO RTFO LIO O F P R IM A R Y IN D U S T R IE S A N D E N E R G Y :

In attendance: the ministerial responsibility was shared between Senator the Hon. Bob Collins, representing the Minister for Primary Industries and Energy, and Senator the Hon. Bob McMullan. The Ministers were accompanied by the

following officers:

Department of Primary Industries and Energy -Mr G.D. Lawless, Executive Director, Corporate Development Mr P.T. Core, Executive Director, Minerals and Fisheries Group Mr B.J. Hill, Executive Director, Agriculture and Forestry Group

Mr P. Hunt, First Assistant Secretary, Corporate Affairs Division Mr W.G. McGregor, First Assistant Secretary, Livestock and Pastoral Division Mr T. Mackey, First Assistant Secretary, Crops Division Mr B. Wonder, First Assistant Secretary, Land Resources Division

Mr M. Holthuyzen, Acting First Assistant Secretary, Corporate Policy Division Ms W.L Fisher, Assistant Secretary, Finance Branch Mr S.E. Hearn, Assistant Secretary, Coal and Minerals Division Mr I. Cronshaw, Acting Assistant Secretary, Petroleum Policy Branch, Petroleum

Division

Mr P.L Webb, Assistant Secretary, Energy Programs Branch, Energy Division Mr R.N. Rawson, Assistant Secretary, Test Site Management Branch Mr R.G. Crick, Assistant Secretary, Uranium and Nuclear Industry Branch, Coal and Minerals Division

Mr C. Hughes, Acting Assistant Secretary, Agriculture and Forestry Secretariat Branch Mr G. Hooper, Director, Agriculture and Veterinary Chemicals Mr A. Burdon, Director, Rural Adjustment Section, Agriculture and Forestry

Secretariat Branch Mr J. Rhodes, Levies Section, Agriculture and Forestry Secretariat Mr R.N. Gillingham, Manager, Group Support Unit, Minerals and Fisheries Group

Mr C. Hyman, Resource Manager, Petroleum Division

Bureau of Mineral Resources:

Professor R.W.R Rutland, Executive Director Mr J.A. Cahill, Head, Business Management Branch

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Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics:

Dr B.S. Fisher, Executive Director

Bureau of Rural Resources:

Dr M.J. Williams, Acting Executive Director Mr J. Picot, Manager, Corporate Management Section

Australian Fisheries Service:

Mr G.C. Gorrie, Director

Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service:

Mr D.G. Gascoine, Director, Food Inspection and Support Services Mr J. Landos, Director, Quarantine Imports and Exports Division Mr K. Doyle, Senior Assistant Director, Animal Quarantine and Exports Ms D.I. Holmesby, Assistant Director, Financial Management Mr M. Catley, Senior Assistant Director, Plant Quarantine Inspection

Australian Plaque Locust Commission:

Dr G. Hooper, Director

Department of Finance -Mr G. Piko, Director, Rural Section Mr D. Purcell, Director, Environment Projects Section

Senator the Hon. Bob Collins, Minister for Shipping and Aviation Support, representing the Minister for Primary Industries and Energy, made an introductory statement.

The Chairman called on consideration of general items spanning more than one program and then the following Programs requiring Expenditure for consideration by the Committee:

Program 1: Industries Development Program 2: Industry Support and Services Program 3: Research and Assessment Program 4: Corporate Management and Policy

Together the expenditure in these Programs comprised the following:

Division 490-494 (Document A) Division 930-932 (Document B)

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5. A D JO U R N M E N T :

The Committee adjourned at 12.15am.

6. A T T E N D A N C E : Senators Beahan (Chairman), Chapman, Crane, Foreman, Panizza and Sherry. Senators Archer, Boswell, Reid and Tambling also participated in the Committee's proceedings.

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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

NO. 2

Tuesday, 10 Septem ber 1991

M EETING: The Committee met in public session at 7.40pm in the Main Committee Room. The Chairman, Senator Beahan, took the Chair.

O P E N IN G ST A T E M E N T B Y C H A IR M A N : The Chairman reported the Resolution of the Senate, dated 22 August 1991, relating to the consideration of particulars of proposed expenditure for 1991-92 and made a statement relating to

the procedure to be followed by the Committee in its examination of the Estimates.

PA R T IC U L A R S O F P R O P O SE D E X P E N D IT U R E 1991-92: PO RTFO LIO O F T R A N S P O R T A N D C O M M U N IC A T IO N S:

in attendance: Senator the Hon. Bob Collins, Minster for Shipping and Aviation Support. The Minister was accompanied by the following officers:

Department of Transport and Communications -Ms A Buttsworth, Acting First Assistant Secretary, Aviation Policy, Security and Infrastructure Division Mr P. Field, Assistant Secretary, Industry and Economic Policy; Aviation Policy,

Security and Infrastructure Division Mr R. Turner, Assistant Secretary, Security; Aviation Policy, Security and Infrastructure Division Mr R. Elder, Assistant Secretary, Infrastructure; Aviation Policy, Security and

Infrastructure Division Mr I. Rischbieth, Assistant Secretary, Special Projects, Aviation Policy, Security and Infrastructure Division Dr R. Lee, Director, Investigating for Safety

Mr J. Pike, Deputy Director, Investigating for Safety Mr L. Smith, Manager, Corporate Services, Investigating for Safety

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Federal Airports Corporation:

Mr W. Swingler, Chief Executive and Managing Director Mr P. Robson, Corporate Secretary and General Counsel

Civil Aviation Authority:

Mr R. Cooper, General Manager, Safety Regulation & Standards

Broadcasting:

Mr T. Shaw, First Assistant Secretary, Broadcasting Policy Division

Australian Broadcasting Corporation:

Mr D. Hill, Managing Director Mr P. Lidbetter, General Manager, Finance Ms J. Smith, Director, Corporate Policy & Planning

Special Broadcasting Service:

Mr A. Lloyd-James, Head of Television Mr Q. Luu, Head of Radio Mr R. Stokes, Director, Policy & Coordination Mr R. Diak, Head of Resources & Marketing Mr M. Stoneham, Director, Finance

Australian Broadcasting Tribunal:

Mr P. Westaway, Chairman Ms J. Stafford, Director, Licencing Division Mr N. Herd, Acting Director, Programs Division Mr N. Grimmond, Acting Director, Corporate Services

Mr V. Jones, First Assistant Secretary, Broadcasting Operations

Communications:

Ms V. Fanning, First Assistant Secretary, Telecommunications Policy Division Dr L. Dobes, Assistant Secretary, Regulatory Policy, Telecommunications Policy Division Mr C. Dalton, Assistant Secretary, STCST, Telecommunications Policy Division Mr D. Yarra, Director, STCST, Telecommunications Policy Division

Telecom:

Mr J. Holmes, Corporate Secretary Mr S. Fish, Manager, External Relations Mr R. Garland, Director, Corporate Accounting and Taxation

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Australian Postal Corporation:

Mr G. Ryan, Secretary

Austel:

Mr R.C. Davey, Chairman Mr J. Szydzik, Manager, Secretariat Mr R. Smith, First Assistant Secretary, Radiocommunications Policy and Operations

Mr G. Tromp, Assistant Secretary, Radiocommunications, Radiocommunications Policy and Operations

Land Transport:

Mr C. Thorpe, Acting First Assistant Secretary, Land Transport Policy Division Mr N. Waslin, Principal Adviser, Land Transport Policy Division Mr N. Potter, Assistant Secretary, Land Transport Operations, Land Transport Policy Division

Mr G. Feeney, Assistant Secretary, Road Management, Land Transport Policy Division Ms S. Page, Director, Land Transport Development Mr P. Makeham, First Assistant Secretary, Road Safety

Mr K. Wheatley, Assistant Secretary, Road User Branch, Road Safety

Australian National Railways Commission:

Dr F. Affleck, General Manager, Corporate Affairs

Maritime:

Mr P. Memer, First Assistant Secretary, Maritime Policy Division Mr B. Vellnagel, Secretary, Waterfront Industry Reform Authority Mr P. Newman, Chairman, Shipping Industry Reform Authority Mr A. Kinloch, Manager, Corporate Services, Australian Maritime Safety

Authority

Corporate Direction and Support:

Mr B. Ellis, First Assistant Secretary, Management Support and Advice Mr J. Elliot, Assistant Secretary, Planning and Budgeting, Management Support and Advice

Department of Finance -Mr T. Dyson, Chief Finance Officer, Transport and Industry Division Mr R. Robinson, Senior Finance Officer, Transport and Industry Division Mr C. James, Senior Finance Officer, Transport and Industry Division

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The Chairman called on consideration of general items involving officials representing agencies based interstate and then the following Programs requiring Expenditure for consideration by the Committee:

Program 1: Aviation Sub-program 1.5: Federal Airports Corporation Sub-program 1.6: Civil Aviation Authority

Program 2: Broadcasting Sub-program 2.2: Australian Broadcasting Corporation Sub-program 2.3: Special Broadcasting Service Sub-program 2.4: Australian Broadcasting Tribunal

Program 3: Communications Sub-program 3.2: Australian Telecommunications Corporation Sub-program 3.5: Australian Postal Corporation Sub-program 3.6: Australian Telecommunications Authority

Program 4: Land Transport Sub-program 4.3: Australian National Railways Commission

4. A D JO U R N M E N T :

The Committee adjourned at 4.50 am, 11 September 1991 to reconvene on 12 September 1991 for further consideration of the proposed estimates of the Transport and Communications portfolio.

5. A T T E N D A N C E : Senators Beahan (Chairman), Bishop, Crane, Foreman, Panizza and Sherry. Senators Colston, Kemot, MacGibbon, O'Chee, Schacht and Tambling also participated in the Committee's proceedings.

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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

NO. 3

Thursday, 12 Septem ber 1991

1. M EETING : The Committee met in public session at 4.29pm in the Main Committee Room. The Chairman, Senator Beahan, took the Chair.

2. O P E N IN G ST A T E M E N T B Y CH A IR M A N : The Chairman reported the Resolution of the Senate, dated 22 August 1991, relating to the consideration of particulars of proposed expenditure for 1991-92 and made a statement relating to the procedure to be followed by the Committee in its examination of the

Estimates.

3. R E SU M P T IO N O F H E A R IN G R E L A T IN G TO T H E PO RTFO LIO O F T R A N S P O R T A N D C O M M U N IC ATIO N S:

Discussion resumed on the Department's programs:

Program 1: Program 2: Program 3: Program 4:

Program 5: Program 6:

Aviation Broadcasting Communications Land Transport

Maritime Corporate Direction and Support

Together the expenditure in these Programs comprised the following

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4. A D JO U R N M E N T :

The Committee adjourned at 9.30pm.

5. A T T E N D A N C E : Senators Beahan (Chairman), Crane, Foreman, Panizza and Sherry.

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W ednesday, 9 O ctober 1991

THE SENATE

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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

NO. 4

1. M EETING: The Committee met in private session at 7.31pm in the Government Lobby. The Chairman, Senator Beahan, took the Chair.

2. C O N FIR M A T IO N O F M IN U T ES: The Minutes of the meetings held on 5, 10 and 12 September (Nos. 1, 2 and 3) were confirmed.

3. CO M M ITTEE R EPO R T: The Committee considered matters in the Chairman's draft report and agreed that the Report as amended be adopted and be tabled in the Senate on 10 October 1991.

4. C O N FIR M A T IO N O F M IN U TES: The Minutes of the meeting held on 9 October 1991 were confirmed.

5. A D JO U R N M E N T : The Committee adjourned at 7.30pm.

6. A T T E N D A N C E : Senators Beahan (Chairman), Chapman, Crane, Sherry, Foreman and Panizza.

7. A PO LO G IES: Senator Bishop.

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