Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document

ATTORNEY-GENERAL-CENSURE MOTION: Suspension of Standing Orders

The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Chaney) moved-That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent Senator Chaney moving forthwith-That the Senate censures the Attorney-General for his handling of The Age tapes, and in particular his persistent refusal to provide information to the Parliament in order that it might properly perform its role in matters relating to the Judiciary.

Debate ensued.

Question-put and passed.

Senator Chaney thereupon moved-That the Senate censures the Attorney-General for his handling of The Age tapes, and in particular his persistent refusal to provide information to the Parliament in order that it might properly perform its role in matters relating to the Judiciary.

Debate ensued.

Notices of Motion: The Attorney-General (Senator Gareth Evans), by leave, gave Notices of Motion, as follows: No. 1-To move on the next day of sitting-That leave be given to introduce a Bill for an Act to amend the Acts Interpretation Act 1901.

No. 2-To move on the next day of sitting-That leave be given to introduce a Bill for an Act to amend the Judiciary Act 1903.

No. 3-To move on the next day of sitting-That leave be given to introduce a Bill for an Act to amend the Federal Court of Australia Act 1976.

Debate continued.

The Minister for Social Security (Senator Grimes) addressing the Chair

And it being 7 p.m.-