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Wednesday, 5 September 1984
Page: 473


Senator MISSEN —I address a question to the Attorney-General. I remind him of the answer he gave me on 22 August concerning the appointment of the joint parliamentary committee required by the Crime Authority Act to monitor the functions of the National Crime Authority. The Attorney will recall he said that he would ensure that the committee was established this week. I ask: First, how many members and senators will form that committee and in what proportions are parties proposed to be represented? Secondly, did the Labor Caucus at its meeting yesterday consider membership of the committee? Thirdly, when will the Opposition be given the opportunity to select its representatives? Fourthly, will the Attorney meet his deadline, or will the establishment of the committee be further delayed in line with the Hawke Government's half-hearted response to the problems of tackling organised crime?


Senator GARETH EVANS —I am sorry that I am not in a position to give right now the answer Senator Missen wants to that question. We certainly did elect our representatives on the committee at the Caucus meeting yesterday.


Senator Chaney —We have been unable to find out the composition of the committee .


Senator GARETH EVANS —I have indicated that. I am sorry about that. I had thought there was some communication with the other side. That is not a matter with which I am any longer involved. I will now follow it up and hope to give an answer before the end of Question Time.


Senator MISSEN —I ask a supplementary question of the Attorney-General. How many Labor members were elected from each chamber so that we can perhaps do our sums?


Senator GARETH EVANS —I will give the honourable senator that information by the end of Question Time. I have had one or two other things on my mind. I cannot remember precisely how many were involved.