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Wednesday, 15 May 1985
Page: 1946

Senator PRIMMER —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

That the following matter be referred to the Senate Standing Committee on Finance and Government Operations:

Whether the claim by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that certain information should not be made available to Senate Estimates Committee C, on the ground of commercial confidentiality, is justified.

I seek leave to make a statement relating to the notice of motion.

Leave granted.

Senator PRIMMER —At the Senate Estimates Committee C hearing on 15 March 1985 the Australian Broadcasting Corporation declined to provide information about salaries paid to staff on the program the National on the ground of commercial confidentiality. Estimates Committee C cannot receive information on a confidential basis. For this reason Estimates Committee C was unable to receive the material confidentially and make a decision as to whether the claim for commercial confidentiality was justified. To overcome this problem the Committee has decided to move the reference of which I have given notice to enable the matter to be determined.