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PARLIAMENTARY COMMISSION OF INQUIRY (REPEAL) BILL 1986

The Senate, according to Order, resolved itself into Committee for the further consideration of Message No. 388 of the House of Representatives.

In the Committee

Consideration resumed of the motion moved by the Minister for Resources and Energy (Senator Evans)-That the Committee does not insist upon the amendment disagreed to by the House of Representatives, and agrees to the amendment made by the House of Representatives in place thereof, and of the amendment moved thereto by Senator Durack, viz: Leave out all words after ""House of Representatives'' (first occurring), insert "", does not agree to the amendment made by the House of Representatives in place thereof, and makes a further amendment to the Bill, as follows:

Page 3, clause 8, lines 15 to 27, leave out the clause, insert the following clause:

""8. (1) A person who is, or has at any time been, a member of the Commission, a member of the staff of the Commission or counsel assisting the Commission shall not, directly or indirectly, disclose to any other person or make use of any document of information to which the first-mentioned person has had access by reason of being or having been such a member or counsel.

Penalty: $5,000 or imprisonment for 6 months, or both.

""(2) Sub-section (1) does not apply in relation to-

(a) the performance of any act otherwise authorised by this Act; or

(b) anything done in accordance with an authority given under sub-section 7 (4).''.

Debate resumed.

And it being 7 p.m.: The Temporary Chairman of Committees (Senator MacGibbon), under Sessional Order, put the Question-That he do leave the Chair and report to the Senate.

Question-put and negatived.

Question-That the words proposed to be left out be left out-put and passed.

Question-That the words proposed to be inserted be inserted-put and passed.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

Resolution to be reported.

The President resumed the Chair; and the Temporary Chairman of Committees (Senator MacGibbon) reported that the Committee had considered Message No. 388 of the House of Representatives, had resolved not to insist upon the amendment disagreed to by the House, had disagreed to the amendment made by the House in place thereof, and had made a further amendment to the Bill.

On the motion of Senator Evans the Report from the Committee was adopted.