Increase powers of Auditor-General
November 27, 2014
The Age: Increase powers of Auditor-General. November 27, 2014
Governments and oppositions make much of holding to account each other’s spending promises. Last Friday, both major parties were arguing with each other on their costings. This is part and parcel of democracy at work.
However, a democracy can only properly thrive when there is independent scrutiny of how public money is spent – without fear of, or favour to, anyone. This role is carried out by the Auditor-General’s office. It is important and vital work.
Therefore, it is with dismay that we note the disquiet aired in today’s Sunday Age, both in a news report and an opinion piece, by the present Auditor-General, John Doyle, and his three immediate predecessors – Des Pearson, Wayne Cameron and Ches Baragwanath – that the ability of the AG’s office to do its work properly is being compromised and undermined.
They question the office’s efficiency in being able “to test whether public money is being spent appropriately and effectively” . Continue Reading…