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Monday, 29 March 1999
Page: 3413


Senator ELLISON (Special Minister of State) (5:05 PM) —In relation to the last question, that is a matter which is under consideration by the government. I am unable to tell you at this stage. It is being considered. That is the advisory panel: it is not the steering committee. The steering committee has been set up for some time and has representation from the Prime Minister's office. The Attorney-General is on it, as well as myself and other officials. But it is the advisory panel that we are dealing with. That panel will be one that will look at the wording and the substance of the information which will go to the community and of course will play an important role in ensuring the neutrality of that information campaign. The AEC will not have a role in that public education campaign. That is something which is quite different to the yes and no cases which the AEC will be dealing with. The AEC will send out the final yes and no cases, but the public education program will not be run by the AEC.