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Tuesday, 16 October 1984
Page: 1806

Senator Gareth Evans —On 5 October 1984 (Hansard, page 1323) Senator Durack asked me, as the Minister representing the Special Minister of State, the following question:

Were the 20 people referred to by the Special Minister of State in a statement made last night part of the group that has only just been transferred to the Authority.

The Special Minister of State has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

As indicated by the Attorney-General on 5 October, 89 of the Costigan Royal Commission staff formally transferred to the National Crime Authority on 1 October. The analysts, collators and others referred to in my statement on the NCA staff working on the Costigan material were part of that 89.

Most if not all of these analysts etc formally began working for the Authority on the Costigan material last week. Prior to that, they were, as staff of the Commission, assisting Mr Costigan in writing his final report. As further noted by the Attorney-General, one aspect of this assistance on the report was further developing analyses of particular investigations, which will, of course, also be of use to the Authority.

Again, as stressed repeatedly over the last week by both me and the Attorney- the handover of staff from the Costigan Commission to the NCA is, and must be, very flexible. It is reaching its peak now-last week and this week. An integral aspect of establishing the NCA has been that it will take over almost all of the expertise and resources of the Costigan Commission. That is happening right now.