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Tuesday, 11 September 1984
Page: 798


Senator CHANEY (Leader of the Opposition)(5.08) —I move:

That the Senate take note of the papers.

I so move because Senator Macklin is obviously anxious that the matter should not disappear. We have here the second batch of correspondence. The first batch was tabled by the Prime Minister (Mr Hawke) in the other place last week and this batch was tabled yesterday. We received the first batch in the Senate yesterday and we had, I think, close to half an hour's debate on that bundle of letters. I do not propose to take the time of the Senate now further to debate these items, except to express again on behalf of the Opposition our concern at the apparent failure of the Government to ensure an effective transfer from the Costigan Royal Commission into the Activities of the Federated Ship Painters and Dockers Union to the National Crime Authority. That failure was well borne out in the clear expression of views put by Mr Frank Costigan, QC, the Royal Commissioner. It is a matter which I am sure we will have the opportunity to debate further in this place. Accordingly, at this stage I simply seek leave to continue my remarks later.

Leave granted; debate adjourned.