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Wednesday, 30 May 1984
Page: 2134


Senator MISSEN —I direct a question to the Attorney-General, of which I have already given him some information. First, will the Attorney-General inform the Senate whether any representations have been made by Mr Kerry Packer or other persons on his behalf to all or any-if so, which-Ministers of the Hawke Government since the tabling of the report of the Senate Standing Committee on Constitutional and Legal Affairs on the National Crime Authority legislation? Secondly, if so, did such representations relate to any-and, if any, which-of the terms of the proposed National Crime Authority legislation and/or to the termination of any-and, if any, which-of the current inquiries of the Costigan Royal Commission? Were such representations made orally or in writing? If the latter is the case, will the Attorney-General make such representations available to the Senate? When were such representations made? Thirdly, if the Attorney-General is unable immediately to answer these questions in relation to other Ministers, will he obtain and supply answers before the commencement of debate on the legislation in the Senate? Fourthly, will the Attorney-General now give an answer in respect of such representations made to him personally? Fifthly, has the Hawke Government made any-and, if so, what-decision or decisions in respect of any such representations made by or on behalf of Mr Kerry Packer?


Senator GARETH EVANS —The answer to the first part of the question is, in my case , no; in the case of the Special Minister of State, no; so far as other Ministers are concerned, I do not believe so. Certainly nothing has been communicated by them to me that would suggest that any such representations have been made. However, I shall seek a response from them, which I have not yet been able to do, and advise the honourable senator in due course if there is any reason to change the answer I have just given. The second part of the question asked whether such representations, if any, related to various things and when they were made. The answer to all those matters is: Not applicable. The next major part of the question asked, if I was unable immediately to answer the question in relation to other Ministers, whether I would obtain and supply answers before the commencement of debate on the legislation in the Senate. I doubt very much whether that will be possible, but I shall give the honourable senator the information as soon as possible. The second last part of the question asked whether I would now answer in respect of such representations made to me personally. I have already done so. The answer to the final part of the question at this stage is: Not applicable.