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Notice given 12 July 2012

1961  Senator Abetz: To ask the Minister representing the Attorney-General—With reference to the appointment of an administrator to the Health Services Union:

(1) Prior to corresponding with the New South Wales Attorney-General on 1 May 2012, with whom did the Attorney-General consult.

(2) Did the Attorney-General receive any advice from the department.

(3) Did the Attorney-General receive any correspondence from the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations.

(4) Did the Attorney-General’s office receive any correspondence, email or otherwise, from the office of the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations or the office of the Prime Minister; if so, in each case, can details be provided of the date, time, type (i.e. email), sender and recipients.

(5) On whose advice did the Attorney-General write to the New South Wales Attorney-General.

(6) Was that advice provided to the Attorney-General orally or in writing and, in each case, can details be provided, including how the correspondence was received, the date and the people involved.

(7) Was the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations provided with a copy of the correspondence to the New South Wales Attorney-General; if so, how was this copy provided.

(8) Was a draft of the letter circulated within the Minister’s office.

(9) Who prepared a draft of the correspondence to the New South Wales Attorney-General (i.e. the Attorney-General personally, her office, department, or the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations).

(10) Was a draft of the correspondence to the New South Wales Attorney-General provided to any person outside the Attorney-General’s office prior to sending; if so, to whom, on what date and how was it distributed.