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Thursday, 9 June 1994
Page: 1558


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

  (1)That a report by the Auditor-General be laid on the table, as soon as practicable, on the following questions in relation to leases in the Casselden Place building in Melbourne which were the subject of the orders of the Senate of 5 May 1994 and 10 May 1994:

    (a)when was an agreement reached between Projects, Interiors and Assets Services on the one hand and the lessor of office space now occupied by those businesses at Casselden Place, Melbourne, on the other;

    (b)at the time of the agreement, was the agreed net rent to be paid by these businesses above or below average per square metre rental being paid in respect of comparable office accommodation in Melbourne;

    (c)did the rental figure contained in the original agreement reflect a subsidy under the property adjustment program or otherwise being paid to either of the parties;

    (d)from 1 December 1992, was the rent that was actually paid by these businesses above or below average per square metre rental being paid in respect of comparable office accommodation in Melbourne since that date;

    (e)does the rent that has been paid since 1 December 1992 reflect a discounting or subsidisation outside the range of normal commercial dealing;

    (f)if the answer to (e) is yes, was any part of that subsidisation paid from the property adjustment program or by other direct or indirect subsidisation by the Commonwealth Government; and

    (g)have these businesses operated on a fully commercial basis since taking up tenancy in these premises.

  (2)That the Auditor-General be provided with the information necessary to compile the report required by paragraph (1).

  (3)That the Privileges Committee, in considering the Parliamentary Privileges Amendment (Enforcement of Lawful Orders) Bill 1994 referred to the committee on 12 May 1994, consider this particular instance of refusal by a Minister to produce documents in response to an order of the Senate, and the report by the Auditor-General under paragraph (1).