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Wednesday, 17 October 1984
Page: 1857

Senator CHANEY —Mr President, my question is addressed to you and follows the statement you made after a question I asked in the Senate yesterday. You said that the Speaker's remarks had been drawn to your attention, you expressed concern to the Attorney-General and said that the Attorney-General had undertaken to respond to your submission. Mr President, have you had a response from the Attorney-General? If you have, will you be advising the Senate of the Attorney-General's response? If you have not yet received a response, will you in due course be advising the Senate as to the Attorney-General's comments to you?

The PRESIDENT —When the Leader of the Opposition asked a question of the Attorney-General yesterday concerning the privilege of the report of the Costigan Royal Commission into the Activities of the Federated Ship Painters and Dockers Union, bearing in mind some remarks that had been made by the Speaker of the House of Representatives last Thursday, I felt I had a responsibility as President of the Senate to indicate to the Senate at the time that I had written to the Attorney-General about the matter. I think I said that the Attorney- General would respond to me. I can tell the Leader of the Opposition that the Attorney-General has responded to me. As to the tabling of documents in the Senate, I at this stage can see no objection. But I will seek advice from the Clerk and respond accordingly later.