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Tuesday, 7 December 1965


Mr CONNOR (Cunningham) (1:12 AM) . - I move -

That the following new clause be inserted in the Bill- " 104b. - (1.) The Commissioner shall within thirty days after the end of each quarter, furnish to the Attorney-General, for presentation to the Parliament, a report with respect to his operations during that quarter and shall include in the report information as to -

(a)   the matters in which he has carried out investigations;

(b)   the matters in which he has decided to institute proceedings in the Tribunal; and

(c)   the matters in which he has decided not to institute proceedings in the Tribunal. " (2.) The Attorney-General shall, as soon as practicable after every thirtieth day of June, report to Parliament on the operation of this Act in the year ending on that thirtieth day of June. "(3.) In this section,' quarter ' means a period of three months ending on the last day of September, December, March or June.".

The Opposition joins issue with the AttorneyGeneral on this clause because of the special functions and the special nature of the Commissioner. The Commissioner is to be a unique institution with very special powers. He should be subject to the closest and regular periodic scrutiny of Parliament. His powers are vast. His functions are practically unlimited and he operates at all times in the very closest secrecy.







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