Coнгуулийн амлалтын үнэлгээ, Австралийн жишээ

July 6, 2010 · Нийтэлсэн: · Сэтгэгдэл үлдээх   Post to Twitter

Part 8. Costing of election commitments

Requests for costing of election commitments

(1)  During the caretaker period for a general election:

(a) the Prime Minister may request the responsible Secretaries to prepare costings of publicly announced Government policies; and

(b) the Leader of the Opposition may, subject to subclause (4), request the responsible Secretaries to prepare costings of publicly announced Opposition policies.

(2)  A request is to:

(a)  be in writing; and

(b)  outline fully the policy to be costed, giving relevant details; and

(c)  state the purpose or intention of the policy.

(3)  A request by the Prime Minister is to be given to the responsible Secretaries.

(4)  A request by the Leader of the Opposition is to be given to the Prime Minister, who may then agree to refer it to the responsible Secretaries. The responsible Secretaries are not obliged or authorised to take any action in relation to the request unless the Prime Minister has referred the request to them.

(5)  The Prime Minister or the Leader of the Opposition may, at any time, withdraw a request that he or she has made. A withdrawal by the Prime Minister is to be by notice in writing given to the responsible Secretaries. A withdrawal by the Leader of the Opposition is to be by notice in writing given to the Prime Minister, who is to notify the responsible Secretaries of the withdrawal.

30  How policy costings are to be prepared

(1)  The responsible Secretaries may, jointly, issue written guidelines recommending approaches or methods to be used in the preparation of policy costings.

(2)  In preparing policy costings:

(a) the Secretary to the Department of the Treasury is responsible for costing aspects of policies affecting revenue; and

(b) the Secretary to the Department of Finance is responsible for costing aspects of policies that affect government outlays and expenses.

(3) If a responsible Secretary needs more information to cost aspects of a policy, he or she is, in writing, to ask the Prime Minister or the Leader of the Opposition (as the case requires) for that information.

31 Public release of policy costings

(1) As soon as practicable after a policy costing request has been made and before polling day for the election, either or both of the responsible Secretaries are to publicly release a costing of the policy.

Note 1: Whether a costing has to be released by either or both of the responsible Secretaries depends on the division of responsibilities set out in subclause 30(2).

Note 2: The obligation in this subclause does not apply to a request that has been withdrawn under subclause 29(4).

(2)  If a responsible Secretary does not have sufficient information, or has not had sufficient time, to prepare and publicly release a policy costing before polling day for the election, the Secretary is to publicly release a statement to that effect before that day.

(3)  A responsible Secretary is not obliged or authorised to take any further action in relation to a policy costing request on or after polling day for the election.

32  Commonwealth bodies to provide information to help prepare report

(1)  To help a responsible Secretary to prepare aspects of a policy costing for which he or she is responsible, he or she may request a Commonwealth body to provide information.

(2)  A Commonwealth body is to comply with a request in time to allow the information to be taken into account in the preparation of the policy costing, unless it is not practicable for the body to do so. The body does not have to provide information if doing so would contravene another law of the Commonwealth.

[Minister’s second reading speech made in”

House of Representatives on 5 December 1997

Senate on 9 March 1998]

Coнгуулийн амлалтын үнэлгээ, Австралийн жишээ