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Monday, 2 December 2002
Page: 6853

Senator KEMP (Minister for the Arts and Sport) (4:21 PM) —by leave—I have a short statement to make on behalf of Senator Coonan, the Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer, in response to a Senate order to produce documents. The order arises from a motion moved by Senator Ludwig, at the request of Senator Conroy, as agreed by the Senate on 19 November 2002. It relates to files held by Treasury and the Insurance and Superannuation Commission. Senator Coonan wishes to inform the Senate that, given the size of the request and the age of the files in question, she is unable to respond by the nominated date of 2 December 2002. I point out to the Senate on behalf of Senator Coonan that the files requested are now over 20 years old and were created by a body that no longer exists. The combination of these factors means that a number of files have had to be retrieved from the Australian Archives. The files relating to the request contain a large number of documents which are still being examined, and Senator Coonan will respond to the order as soon as possible.