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Tuesday, 5 June 1984
Page: 2559


Senator GARETH EVANS (Attorney-General)(10.28) —I move:

(8) Page 7, after clause 9, insert the following new clause:

Authority may request approval of references '9A. (1) The Authority, if it considers it appropriate to do so, may request the Inter-Governmental Committee to give approval for a matter relating to a relevant criminal activity to be referred by a Minister or Ministers to the Authority for investigation.

'(2) A request by the Authority under sub-section (1) shall be in writing and may be accompanied by such written submissions as the Authority thinks fit.

'(3) Where the Authority has made a request under sub-section (1), the Authority-

(a) may, with the consent of the members of the Committee present at a meeting of the Committee at which the matter is considered, make at the meeting such oral submissions to the Committee concerning the request as the Authority thinks fit; and

(b) shall, if requested to do so by the Committee, or by a member of the Committee, consult with the Committee, or with that member, as the case may be, concerning the request under sub-section (1).

'(4) Notwithstanding sub-section 46 (6), where the Authority proposes to include in a submission under sub-section (2) or (3) any matter the disclosure of which could prejudice a person's reputation, the Authority is not prohibited by reason only of that fact from including the matter in the submission.

'(5) In this section, ''Minister'' means the Commonwealth Minister or a Minister of the Crown of a State.'.

The Government's amendment is of a purely formal nature. It picks up the theme adopted by the Senate Committee. I foreshadow the acceptance of the Democrat's amendment No. (5A), which adds a further refinement to the Government's amendment.