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FINANCE AND GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS-STANDING COMMITTEE-REFERENCE

Senator Harradine, by leave, moved-That the following matter be referred to the Standing Committee on Finance and Government Operations: Matters contained in the Report of Estimates Committee A, dated October 1984, and in the Hansard record of the Committee's proceedings, relating to misleading information provided by the Managing Director of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Mr Geoffrey Whitehead, in particular: (a) the indication that information which Mr Geoffrey Whitehead, Managing Director of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and senior officers of the Corporation, undertook to provide to the Committee at hearings in both May and September 1984, when finally received, was ''less than adequate'';

(b) the failure of Mr Whitehead to provide to the Senate, in accordance with his undertaking, the guidelines to be used by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in implementing its decision to extend entitlements, including relocation expenses, and privileges appropriate to spouses and families of staff members, to homosexual partners;

(c) the failure of Mr Whitehead to discharge his undertaking to provide the legal basis for his affirmation before the Committee that the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's decision on homosexual partners of employees was based on an assumption of legal responsibility; and

(d) the inadequate and misleading information provided to the Committee, and the Senate, by Mr Whitehead in derogation of his responsibility as the executive officer of a statutory corporation, funded by the Parliament.

Question-put and passed.