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Monday, 4 June 1984
Page: 2439


Senator GARETH EVANS (Attorney-General)(5.22) —As I understand it we have not yet received the survey report as it bears upon youth attitudes. The matter will be considered when it is received. I cannot imagine any grounds for withholding disclosure under the freedom of information legislation that Senator Durack and I have invested so much passion in developing over the years. There may conceivably be some aspect of the particular report that raises questions of commercial confidentiality of something of that kind on which the Government would wish to make some reservations but I can assure Senator Durack that we will enter into the spirit of the occasion and share such knowledge as we can with the Australian public, particularly given the obviously intense interest that the Opposition has had in this matter. I know Senator Ryan has indicated something of that kind insofar as the material might concern her own portfolio. I think she said as much in this chamber during the Estimates committee hearings . No doubt to the extent that the material bears upon other ministerial portfolios it will be a matter for those Ministers. I do not want in anything I say to suggest that there are likely to be any particular difficulties in this matter.