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Tuesday, 4 September 1984
Page: 390


Senator ARCHER —Does the Minister representing the Special Minister of State acknowledge that delay in setting up the National Crime Authority meant that only two weeks in July were available for briefings by members and staff of the Costigan Royal Commission on the Activities of the Federated Ship Painters and Dockers Union for their counterparts on the new Authority? Who on the Authority received briefings and what areas were covered? Is it a fact that the transition process has largely failed because Commission staff are now totally occupied in writing the final report to meet the deadline of the 30th of this month?


Senator GARETH EVANS —I have nothing to add to the answer that I gave to Senator Lewis in this respect. I have no knowledge of any failures in the transition process as it is presently operating. I do know that substantial briefing material in written form has been made available to the new Crime Authority members. I know that arrangements have been made for the full evaluation of that material. As to detailed briefings of individual members of the Authority and their staff, and the way in which the Costigan Commission members and staff are choosing perhaps to exercise their time at the moment in writing reports rather than briefing members of the Authority, they are matters on which I will have to get further information and advise the honourable senator accordingly.


Senator ARCHER —I ask a supplementary question, Mr President. Will the Attorney make an effort to get that information today and let us have it as requested?


Senator GARETH EVANS —I will do my best, Mr President.