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Wednesday, 22 August 1984
Page: 126

Senator GARETH EVANS (Attorney-General) —by leave-I understand the course taken by Senator Durack. I certainly do not resist this matter being brought on for debate again, perhaps simultaneously with the consideration of the report of the Senate Select Committee on the Conduct of a Judge if that, indeed, is Senator Durack's intention. All I simply want to say while the matter of the Temby report is still current is this-and I will say it in a couple of sentences: Mr Temby has done a good and thorough job in his report. He has done everything that could reasonably have been expected of him. I am very glad to note from Senator Durack's remarks that the quality of that report and the character of the recommendations in it are not being challenged by the Opposition. I am further glad to note that Mr Temby's personal integrity and capacity has not been impugned by the Opposition on this occasion as it has been in the past and no doubt will be again if he comes up with conclusions in some investigation that, however justified, do not appear politically palatable to the Opposition at the time.

Sitting suspended from 12.45 to 2 p.m.