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TAX AVOIDANCE AND EVASION-PROPOSED EDITING AND TABLING OF CERTAIN PAPERS

Senator Evans, pursuant to notice, moved-That the Senate, further to its Resolutions of 23 September and 14 October 1982-

(1) Directs the Minister for Social Security (Senator Chaney), representing the Acting Attorney-General, and the Minister for Finance (Senator Dame Margaret Guilfoyle), representing the Treasurer, to deliver as soon as possible to the Hon. Sir John Minogue, Q.C., of 13 Millicent Avenue, Toorak, Victoria, formerly Justice (1962-70) and Chief Justice (1970-74) of the Supreme Court of Papua New Guinea and the Victorian Law Reform Commissioner (1977-82), copies of the papers relating to tax avoidance and evasion identified in sub-paragraphs (i)-(xiv) of the Resolution of 23 September 1982, subject only to the deletion from such papers of the names and identifying characteristics of persons to the extent necessary to satisfy the requirements of section 16 of the Income Tax Assessment Act.

(2) Requests Sir John Minogue to edit such papers, after appropriate consultation with the Solicitor-General and the Crown Solicitor, so as to ensure the deletion therefrom of any material the publication of which would in his opinion prejudice the outcome of legal proceedings which have been, or may be, instituted against those alleged to have been involved in tax evasion or avoidance schemes.

(3) Directs Senators Chaney and Dame Margaret Guilfoyle to lay on the Table, as soon as possible, such papers in the form in which they have been edited by Sir John Minogue.

Debate ensued.

On the motion of the Minister for Education (Senator Peter Baume) the debate was adjourned.

Ordered-That the resumption of the debate be an Order of the Day for a later hour of the day.