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Tuesday, 3 May 1994
Page: 36


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

  That the Senate—

    (a)notes that:

      (i)on 1 February 1994, Senator Campbell placed a question on notice seeking details about the respective leases for office space at the Casselden Place building in Melbourne of Projects, Interiors and Asset Services, including details of the commencement dates and space occupied, the net rental, the outgoings per square metre and the value of any leasing incentives,

      (ii)the then Minister for Administrative Services (Senator McMullan), supplied details of the commencement dates and space occupied but withheld information about the rental, the outgoings per square metre and the value of any leasing incentives, and

      (iii)Senator McMullan explained in his answer that these leases are all held by Commonwealth agencies;

    (b)expresses its concern that Senator McMullan went on to assert that notwithstanding that only Commonwealth agencies were involved, he was withholding the requested information because he claimed it was commercial-in-confidence;

    (c)declares that, consistent with the spirit and tenor of numerous Senate resolutions over the years, there is no area of public expenditure and activity of the kind arising here involving one Commonwealth agency leasing property to another, which is not subject to parliamentary accountability and disclosure of information; and

    (d)therefore resolves that there be laid on the table, by the Minister representing the Minister for Administrative Services (Senator McMullan), by not later than 5 p.m. on 5 May 1994, the following documents with respect to the Projects, Interiors and Asset Services leases:

      (i)the effective net rental rates for each lease,

      (ii)the outgoing payable per square metre in the building by the agencies, and

      (iii)the value of any leasing incentives paid to the tenants as part of the lease deal.