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PUBLIC DUTY AND PRIVATE INTERESTS-MINISTERIAL STATEMENT

The Leader of the Government (Senator Button), by leave, made a statement relating to Ministers' Pecuniary Interests and to the policy of the Government relating to this matter and laid upon the Table the following Paper: Pecuniary Interests-Statements of Ministers' Pecuniary Interests, dated 22 September 1983.

Notice of Motion: The Leader of the Government (Senator Button), by leave, gave a Notice of Motion, as follows: To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate- (a) notes that Ministers have provided statements of their private interests, and those of their families of which they are aware, and that copies of those returns have been presented to the Parliament as a matter of public record;

(b) is of the opinion that all Senators should provide similar statements of their private interests, including those of their families of which they are aware, covering the following matters: (i) shareholdings in public and private companies (including holding companies) indicating the name of the company or companies,

(ii) family and business trusts and nominee companies- (A) in which a beneficial interest is held, indicating the name of the trust, the nature of its operation and beneficial interest; and

(B) in which the person or immediate family is a trustee, indicating the name of the trust, the nature of its operation and the beneficiary of the trust,

(iii) real estate, indicating the location (suburb or area only) and the purpose for which it is owned,

(iv) directorships in private companies, indicating the name of the company, its activities and the total amounts of its assets and liabilities,

(v) partnerships, indicating the nature of the interest, the activities of the partnership and the total amounts of its assets and liabilities,

(vi) liabilities (excluding short-term credit arrangements) indicating the nature of the liability and the creditor concerned,

(vii) the nature of any bonds, debentures and like investments,

(viii) savings or investment accounts, indicating their nature and the name of the bank or other institutions concerned,

(ix) the nature of any other assets (including collections, but excluding household and personal effects) each valued at over $5000,

(x) the nature of any other substantial sources of income,

(xi) gifts valued at more than $250 received from official sources, or at more than $100 where received from other than official sources,

(xii) any sponsored travel or hospitality received, and

(xiii) any other interests, such as membership of organisations, where a conflict of interest with a Senator's public duties could foreseeably arise or be seen to arise;

(c) agrees that a public register of Senators' statements of their private interests referred to in paragraph (b) should be established;

(d) agrees that Senators should provide such statements on an annual basis and that amended statements should be provided if alterations in circumstances occur;

(e) agrees that notwithstanding the lodgement of statements by Senators and their incorporation in a public register individual Senators should declare any relevant interest if they participate in a debate in the Senate or vote in a division in the Senate; and

(f) requests the Standing Orders Committee to consider and report upon: (i) what changes to the Standing Orders may be required to give effect to the matters contained in paragraphs (b) to (e), and

(ii) the desirability of adopting other provisions relating to Members of Parliament contained in the Report of the Committee of Inquiry into Public Duty and Private Interest (except constitutional matters, but including, in particular, a Code of Conduct).

The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Chaney) and the Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Chipp), by leave, made statements relating thereto.