[Extracted from Senate Additional Estimates,
Finance and Public Administration, 16 February 2004, p.29]

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Senator BARTLETT-Following on from an earlier theme about the time taken for responses, I know there was a question asked in the September estimates about the government's response to the CMI report. I was wondering where that is at now. It is over a year since the report was tabled.

Mr Metcalfe-I do not have a precise timetable as to when a response to the report might be provided. Ultimately that is a matter for the government. I do know that we have been working with agencies to provide their comments and input. There is one small aspect that we are still waiting on from one agency. I would expect the government would fairly soon consider the timing of its response.

Senator BARTLETT-So the bulk of the work that needs to be done by the department and other agencies has been done and it is before government.

Mr Metcalfe-It is not before government at this stage. We are still finalising some advice to government but I expect that should not take much longer.