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TELECOMMUNICATIONS (INTERCEPTION) AMENDMENT BILL (NO. 2) 1984

Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of the Attorney-General (Senator Gareth Evans)-That this Bill be now read a second time.

Senator Durack moved an amendment, viz: At end of motion, add '', but the Senate calls upon the Government to establish a Royal Commission with terms of reference to investigate and report upon: (a) the origins of the tapes and documents, the subject of the Bill;

(b) the authenticity of the information contained in and upon the said tapes and documents;

(c) whether such information reveals any offences against laws of the Commonwealth;

(d) whether, arising from such information, any criminal charges should be laid;

(e) whether any action has already been taken by any law enforcement agency arising out of the said information; and

(f) whether any immunities should be granted to any person to enable the Royal Commission fully to investigate the above matters''.

Debate ensued.

Senator Gareth Evans addressing the Chair

And it being 10.30 p.m.-