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COLOUR TELEVISION SET-IMPORTATION BY THE HONOURABLE M. J. R. MACKELLAR-PAPERS AND STATEMENTS

Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Grimes- That the Senate take note of the Papers and the Statement.

The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Button) moved the following amendment, viz.: At end of motion, add '', and the Senate is of the opinion that a Judicial Inquiry should be established to inquire into and report on: (a) whether the proper procedures were followed within the Bureau of Customs and at ministerial level to investigate the importation of the colour television set by the former Minister for Health in October last year, and if not, whether there was a cover-up;

(b) whether a junior officer was victimised for carrying out his duty, both at the point of customs entry by the former Minister for Health and in the officer' s later complaint;

(c) what actions were taken by the Head of the Department in respect of all matters relating to the former Minister for Health and whether these actions were taken with the knowledge and approval of the Government;

(d) more generally, whether the Bureau is effective in performing its functions and the steps that need to be taken to ensure that it is an effective organisation and carries out its functions under the Customs Act; and

(e) whether any other Minister was aware or should reasonably have been aware of these matters and failed to take appropriate action''.

Debate ensued.

Ordered-That the debate be adjourned till the next day of sitting, and that Senator Sir John Carrick have leave to continue his speech on the resumption of the debate.