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Wednesday, 21 September 1994
Page: 1036

  Motion (by Senator Reid, on behalf of Senator Alston) agreed to:

  (1)That, for the reasons set out in paragraph (2), the order of the Senate of 12 May 1994 concerning the Select Committee on Foreign Ownership Decisions in Relation to the Print Media (the Print Media Committee), be modified to extend the time for the presentation of the committee's final report from 22 September 1994 to 31 March 1995, or such earlier date as may become appropriate depending upon the resolution of the matters set out in paragraph (2).

  (2)The reasons referred to in paragraph (1) are:

    (a)to enable the committee to monitor progress of, and, when it is eventually tabled, review, the Government's response to the 32 findings and recommendations contained in the committee's first report of June 1994;

    (b)to ensure that the Senate has in place a relevant and experienced committee to properly consider the implications of any order by the Federal Court in INP Consortium Ltd (and ors) v John Fairfax Holdings Ltd (formerly Tourang Ltd) (and ors), that documents denied to the committee by the Government because of their alleged extraordinary secrecy, but supplied in confidence to named counsel in that case, be published or may be used in evidence in open court;

    (c)to enable various respondents, when questions have been addressed, a further opportunity to respond; and

    (d)to facilitate any recommendation of the Committee of Party Leaders on Public Interest Secrecy that some or all of the documents, to which the Print Media Committee was refused access, should be disclosed to it, in confidence or otherwise.