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Wednesday, 13 August 2003
Page: 18429

Mr RUDDOCK (Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Reconciliation) (4:54 PM) —I wish to advise the House that I have today issued a notice to Mr Geoff Clark, suspending him from office as a commissioner of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission and consequently as Chairman of ATSIC for misbehaviour pursuant to section 40(1) of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission Act 1989. The suspension is effective from today. Pursuant to the requirement under section 40(3) of that act, I am now tabling before the House a statement identifying Mr Clark and setting out the ground of his suspension.

Mr McMullan —I wonder if I could ask the minister—I did raise this with him earlier—to move that the House take note of the paper in case we want a subsequent debate on the matter.

Mr RUDDOCK —I move:

That the House take note of the paper.

Debate (on motion by Mr McMullan) adjourned.