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Thursday, 5 December 2002
Page: 7292


Senator HILL (Leader of the Government in the Senate) (3:28 PM) —by leave—I make this statement on behalf of Senator the Hon. Chris Ellison, the Minister for Justice and Customs and Minister representing the Attorney-General. This order arises from a motion moved by Senator Joe Ludwig, as agreed by the Senate on 3 December 2002, relating to the release of the government's submission to the recent Remuneration Tribunal major review of judicial and related offices' remuneration.

I wish to inform the Senate that the government's submission to this major review is being tabled. This is the first major review of judicial salaries conducted by the Remuneration Tribunal since 1993-94. I understand that on the occasion of that review the tribunal in fact published the then government's main submission. As the review has now concluded, release of the government's submission will not interfere with the tribunal's deliberative processes.

The government notes, however, that this submission was made to a major review, the first in almost a decade. During the course of the review, the government released its submission on a confidential basis to other submitting parties who sought access to the submission. The government considers that a major review of this kind is significantly different from the many other reviews and deliberative processes conducted by the tribunal. While the government is tabling its submission in this particular case, this should not be taken as an indication that future submissions will be tabled.