Chapter 1

Chapter 1


1.1        On 12 May 2015, the Senate referred the following documents to the committee for examination and report:

1.2        The committee is responsible for the examination of the following portfolios:

Details of hearings

1.3        The hearings were conducted as follows:

1.4        The committee heard evidence from the following Senators:

1.5        Evidence was also provided by the following:

Questions on notice

1.6        In accordance with Standing Order 26(9)(a), the committee agreed that the date for the return of answers in response to questions placed on notice at the 10 and 11 February hearings would be 4 April, for 3 March would be 14 April and for 16 march would be 27 April 2016.

1.7        Answers to questions on notice and tabled documents may be accessed via the committee's website:

Hansard transcripts

1.8        Hansard transcripts of the estimates proceedings are accessible on the committee’s website.

1.9        An index of topics covered by Hansard page number is available at Appendix 2.

1.10      References to the Hansard transcript are to the proof Hansard; page numbers may vary between the proof and the official Hansard transcript.

Changes in the PAES

Health Portfolio

1.11      In the Administrative Arrangement Orders of 21 September 2015 and 30 September 2015, the government announced the following changes to portfolio responsibilities:

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