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Tuesday, 4 September 1984
Page: 389

Senator LEWIS —I remind the Minister representing the Special Minister of State that on 23 August he gave the most generalised answer when asked by Senator Hamer whether Mr Justice Stewart, head of the National Crime Authority, had sought or been offered briefings by Commissioner Costigan or his staff as part of the handover process from the Costigan Royal Commission on the Activities of the Federated Ship Painters and Dockers Union to the Authority. I ask again: Has Mr Justice Stewart had a briefing? If not, why not? Was it because of absence overseas on other duties or was there some other reason why the head of the Authority turned down the opportunity to become personally acquainted with the complex operations of the Commission, much of which will shortly be transferred to the new organisation?

Senator GARETH EVANS —I have no further information in front of me with which I can usefully add to the answer I previously gave to the honourable senator but I will seek an appropriate reply from the Special Minister of State and ensure that the honourable senator gets a full answer as soon as may be.