A cover letter will now be shorter, meaning the letters will not be longer than three pages.
The change was made in an attempt to ensure the Secretary of State is in a position to advise the Prime Minister and the Treasurer of the Government on policy matters.
The Secretary of States will also have the ability to request an extension of time for letters.
“In some cases, it might be appropriate for the Minister to be involved in the drafting of the letter, but we need to have a clear mandate for the Secretary,” a spokesperson for Ms Bishop said.
In response to a parliamentary question, the spokesperson said it would be “inevitable” that a letter would be longer. “
I will also ask the Minister for advice on the circumstances under which letters will be sent and, if that is not possible, I will ask the Attorney-General to investigate the matter.”
In response to a parliamentary question, the spokesperson said it would be “inevitable” that a letter would be longer.
“We have a policy of two letters per day and I am not going to change that,” she said.
Ms Bishop’s department said she was not required to sign off on letters to the Prime Ministers and Treasurer.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is responsible for the writing of the letters, but does not have a role in approving them.
The spokesperson said the letters would be sent electronically.
“All the Department of Finance is doing is sending the letters,” she told News Corp. Ms Christensen said the letter could be “incredibly valuable”.
“We are looking at some of these very difficult issues of international economic relations and how they affect Australia,” she explained.
“The Secretary-General is not involved in that.”