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Tuesday, 4 September 1984
Page: 401


Senator CHANEY (Leader of the Opposition) —I move:

That the Senate take note of the report.

I will briefly raise a matter which is of concern to the Opposition. During last week's recess there was a considerable delay in receiving copies of the daily Hansard. I am advised by some Opposition senators that once the Parliament rises there is not quite the same urgency devoted to producing Hansard. There is a separate problem with respect to the Hansard record of Estimates committees. Mr President, you might recall that in the last period of sittings, when we had some debate on the Estimates committee record, there was some problem because we were working from informal records rather than the completed Hansard document. I want briefly, Mr President, to draw those problems to your attention and to ask you to take up the matter with the Parliamentary Reporting Staff. We understand, of course, the very heavy burden that members of the staff carry and the very considerable loads that are put on them. However, there is concern among members of the Opposition in terms of our getting access to those documents in as speedy a way as perhaps we have become accustomed to and have learned to rely on. I ask you, Mr President, to consider that matter and perhaps let me know the results of those inquiries before we resume debate on this motion. I seek leave to continue my remarks later.

Leave granted; debate adjourned.