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Monday, 29 June 1998
Page: 4317

Senator HILL (Environment) (3:38 PM) —by leave—I will seek advice from the officials on the question, but the point is—and I do not want to reflect on an order of the Senate, of course—that the enormity of the task within the time frame that was set by the Senate was really impossible. There is a lot of work required in this exercise, which was the mission of the Leader of the Opposition in this place. We are doing it as expeditiously as possible. We always seek to comply with these orders but, as he would know, not only do the promotions have to be identified but the documentation has to be gathered. It then has to be tested, as I said, against the usual criteria which, I am certain, will require in at least some instances the taking of legal advice. Then we will be able to table what we are able to table in accordance with usual practice. I will try to get a better indication as to when that is likely to be. At the moment, I do not have an estimate of that.

Senator Faulkner —Will you be able to report to the Senate after question time tomorrow?

Senator HILL —I will try to give further indication tomorrow.