Amount remaining in the Consoldiated Revenue Account on 2018 Budget Release date

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Dear Department of Finance,

I request a document that shows how much money remained in the Consolidated Revenue Account on the day the 2018 budget was announced in the Australian commonwealth parliament.

Documents that show the total amount of money allocated for the 2018 budget as announced in the Australian commonwealth parliament in 2018.

Yours faithfully,

Eddie

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Dear Eddie

 

Freedom of Information Request – FOI 18/74

Thank you for your email to the Department of Finance (Finance) requesting
access to the following under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI
Act):

 

… a document that shows how much money remained in the Consolidated
Revenue Account on the day the 2018 budget was announced in the Australian
commonwealth parliament.

 

Documents that show the total amount of money allocated for the 2018
budget as announced in the Australian commonwealth parliament in 2018.

 

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Good afternoon Eddie

 

Please find attached a decision in relation to your FOI request (our
reference FOI 18/74).

 

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FOI Officer

 

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FOI Officer, Legal and Assurance Branch

Business Enabling Services

Department of Finance

T: 02 6215 1783 E: [2][Finance request email]

A: One Canberra Avenue, Forrest ACT 2603

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Eddie left an annotation ()

This has been refused. It seems very odd.

Quote - They claim to have consulted widely within finance and across its functional areas and found that there no areas within Finance that hold documents within the scope of my request, or have any knowledge or records of documents within the scope of my request. – Unquote.

Section 81 of the Commonwealth of Australia constitution states:

“All revenues or moneys raised or received by the Executive Government of the Commonwealth shall form one Consolidated Revenue Fund, to be appropriated for the purposes of the Commonwealth in the manner and subject to the charges and liabilities imposed by this Constitution.”

This part of their reply seems to indicate to me that no-one in government knows how much money remained in the Consolidated Revenue Account on the day the of the Australian 2018 Budget was announced.

Some questions that come to mind:

How could it be that no-one in government and Finance deportment in particular, not know?

Does the nations treasurer know?

Are books of account maintained for the Consolidated Revenue Account?

Who controls the entry of funds into the for the Consolidated Revenue Account?

Are no books of account maintained for the Consolidated Revenue Account?

If they do not know how much money was in the account when the 2018 budget was announced, what fiduciary and monetary standards were in place at the time?

When was the Consolidated Revenue Account last audited?
How often each year is it audited?

Rumor has it there is literally trillions of dollars in this account which has been built up over many years.

Why do Government Departments which are there to provide a service to the Australian people, not publish two basic measures for release to the Australian people in the name of transparent government.

a) How much money did the announced 2018 annual budget absorb?

b) What was the total amount remaining in the Consolidated Revenue Account after the announced budget was accounted for?

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