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Wednesday, 22 June 1994
Page: 1928


Senator CHAMARETTE (7.07 p.m.) —I move:

  That the Senate take note of the document.

This document reports on the progress of the Queensland government in implementing the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. I am not going to speak about the content of the report because I am unable to do so. It is impossible to speak about this report or the report on the progress in implementing the commission's recommendations in Western Australia because of the difficulty I have had in accessing a copy of either document.

  When my office attempted to get a copy of this report earlier today we were told that a copy was available in the library. Honourable senators will appreciate how ridiculous it is that a Greens member of this Senate would have to send a staff member to work in the library to summarise the contents of the report and then bring it back so that I could have a copy to refer to.

  I want to bring that rather extraordinary state of affairs to the notice of the chamber. I hope that whoever has responsibility for this situation—I suspect it is the Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs (Mr Tickner), not the Table Office—will remedy it. Because of my inability to comment on the content of this report, I seek leave to continue my remarks later.

  Leave granted; debate adjourned.