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SECURITY AND INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES-ROYAL COMMISSION-MINISTERIAL STATEMENT

Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of the Minister for Social Security (Senator Grimes)-That the Senate take note of the Statement-And on the amendment moved thereto by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate ( Senator Chaney), viz: Leave out all words after ''That'', insert ''the Senate is of the opinion that the terms of reference should be amended by leaving out paragraph (c) and inserting the following paragraph: '(c) further to the inquiry in relation to paragraphs (a) and (b) above: (i) all the circumstances, including the actions of the Government, surrounding the expulsion from Australia of Mr Valeriy Nikolayevich Ivanov, First Secretary, Embassy of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, and the involvement of Mr Harvey David Mathew Combe in those circumstances, and

(ii) whether or not the Prime Minister, the Special Minister of State or any other Minister or any senior Government adviser disclosed confidential information in any way relating to the decision to expel from Australia Mr Valeriy Nikolayevich Ivanov; and'.''.

Debate resumed.

Senator Macklin moved an amendment to the proposed amendment, viz: Proposed sub- paragraph (c) (ii), after ''senior Government adviser'', insert ''or the Leader of the Opposition in the House of Representatives and the Leader and Deputy Leader of the National Party in the House of Representatives''.

Senator Chaney, by leave, made a statement relating thereto.

Consideration of General Business interrupted, pursuant to Sessional Order.