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Thursday, 4 December 2003
Page: 23774

Mr McMULLAN (10:03 AM) —I move:

That so much of the standing and sessional orders be suspended as would prevent the Member for Fraser moving the following motion:

That this House:

(1) reaffirms its commitment to open government and the democratic principles of the Freedom of Information Act;

(2) condemns the decision of the Treasurer, Mr Costello, to issue a conclusive certificate to exempt certain documents from the FOI Act—that is, documents requested by the Australian newspaper relating to mal-administration of the first homebuyers scheme, the extent of income tax bracket creep and baseline information used in the preparation of the Government's Inter-generational Report; and

(3) orders the Treasurer to table forthwith, without any further amendment or debate, the above listed documents.

This is the first time in history that any Treasurer has tried this cover-up—

Mr ABBOTT (Warringah—Leader of the House) (10.03 a.m.)—I move:

That the member be not further heard.

Question put.