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Monday, 9 May 1994
Page: 418


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

  That the Senate—

  (a)censures the Minister representing the Minister for Administrative Services (Senator McMullan) and the Minister for Administrative Services (Mr Walker), for their joint contempt of the Senate in failing to comply with an order made on 5 May 1994 that documents be tabled containing information about the rental and the outgoings of leases between Commonwealth agencies;

  (b)rejects as absurd the Ministers' claims that such information involving Commonwealth agencies can be withheld from the Commonwealth Parliament because it is so confidential that parliamentarians may not have access to it;

  (c)reasserts its right to information and documents relevant to public expenditure as propounded in the spirit and tenor of numerous past resolutions of the Senate, in particular, information about leases where only Commonwealth agencies are involved and which the Government has no right to conceal from the Australian community or its representatives; and

  (d)resolves that the Ministers purge the contempt in which they have held the Senate by tabling, on or before 6 p.m. on 10 May 1994, the documents ordered to be tabled, namely:

    (i)the effective net rental rates, and

    (ii)the outgoing payable per square metre,

  in the Casselden Place building in Melbourne under the leases of the Commonwealth agencies called Projects, Interiors and Assets Services.