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Wednesday, 16 March 2005
Page: 74


Senator ALLISON (Leader of the Australian Democrats) (2:27 PM) —Mr President, my question is to you. In February estimates you advised that ‘the Library Committee will ensure that we have the independence of the Parliamentary Library’. Can you advise the Senate what you understand an independent Parliamentary Library to be? What sort of independent research assistance and support is to be provided to minor parties, Independents and the opposition more generally? How will you ensure the independence of the Parliamentary Library is protected?