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Senate demands end to audit secrecy

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Richard Di Natale 4 Mar 2014

The Senate today passed Greens motion to force the Abbott Government to publicly release any reports received from the National Commission of Audit. Australian Greens Senator and Chair of the Select Committee into the Commission of Audit, Dr Richard Di Natale, said that the public deserved to know what’s in the report.

“The Senate today supported a Greens motion that will lift the veil of secrecy from the National Commission of Audit,” said Senator Di Natale, who moved the motion.

“Tony Abbott said he was going lead a transparent, no-surprises government but the reality has been very different. The Commission of Audit was designed to be a secret process and now the government is trying to keep the commission’s report under wraps so it can spring it on the public just before the budget is handed down.

“I have serious concerns that the Abbott Government has rigged this process by hand-picking the commissioners and engineering the terms of reference to produce a report that will justify a cruel and callous budget. And if Tony Abbott is going to hide behind the Commission of Audit then the public should be given the ability and the time to scrutinise its recommendations.

“The Abbott Government should respect the wishes of the Senate and start living up to the promise of open and transparent government. The Abbott Government’s culture of secrecy must end.”

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Text of motion
That there be laid on the table by no later than noon March 17 2014 by the Minister for Finance any reports received from the National Commission of Audit.

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