Chapter 1 - Budget Estimates 2005-06
On 10 May 2005,
the Senate referred to the committee for examination the following documents:
- Particulars of proposed expenditure for the
service in respect of the year ending on 30 June 2006;
- Particulars of certain proposed expenditure in
respect of the year ending on 30 June 2006;
- Particulars of proposed expenditure in relation
to the parliamentary departments in respect of the year ending on 30 June 2006;
The Senate also referred the following:
- Particulars of certain proposed supplementary
expenditure in respect of the year ending on 30 June 2005;
- Particulars of proposed supplementary
expenditure in respect of the year ending on 30 June 2005; and
- The annual Tax Expenditures Statement.
The committee has responsibility for examining the
expenditure and outcomes of the following:
- Parliamentary departments;
- Prime Minister and Cabinet portfolio; and
- Finance and Administration portfolio.
Appendix 1 lists the departments and agencies under the portfolios
The committee held four days of public hearings from Monday,
23 to Thursday, 26 May 2005.
Copies of the committee's transcript of evidence are tabled in four volumes of Hansard for the information of the
Senate. Copies of Hansard are
available on the internet at the following address: http://aph.gov.au/hansard.
Further written explanations furnished by departments
and agencies will be tabled, when received, in volumes entitled Additional
Information. That information is also available on the committee's internet
page, found at the following address:
As a matter of Parliamentary Privilege, all information
is 'tabled' on receipt.
Over the course of the four days' hearings—totalling over
42 hours—the committee took evidence from the President of the Senate, Senator
the Honourable Paul Calvert; the Minister for Defence, representing the Prime
Minister, Senator the Honourable Robert Hill; the Minister for Finance
and Administration, Senator the Honourable Nick Minchin; and the Special
Minister of State, Senator the Honourable Eric Abetz, together with officers of
the departments and agencies concerned.
Questions on notice
Explanations for late receipt of
The committee reminds Commonwealth officers that when
delays in answering questions on notice are likely to occur, agencies are
expected to provide explanations for the delay. The committee appreciates that
the nature of some questions may unavoidably mean delays. However, the committee
will only accept these delays where acceptable explanations are provided.
Deadline for submitting answers
The due date for submitting responses to questions on
notice from the budget estimates round is 8 July 2005.
Examination of departments and agencies—the remaining structure of the
The following sections of the report list the issues
considered by the committee and discuss some of these in detail.
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