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Thursday, 9 December 1965

Mr SPEAKER - Is the honorable member seeking leave to incorporate a document in " Hansard "?

Mr HAYDEN - Yes.

Mr SPEAKER - Has the honorable member conferred with the Minister at the table?

Mr Opperman - No, Sir. He conferred with my colleague who was previously sitting here and my colleague did not agree to give leave.

Mr SPEAKER - Leave is not granted.

Mr HAYDEN - I thought that the Minister for Immigration (Mr. Opperman), who is now at the table, may have been able to make up his own mind, but his colleague who was formerly at the table had to do it for him. I often wonder why it is that Ministers in this House are so reluctant to allow an honorable member, who is exposing the sort of activity that I have mentioned and who is developing a case in the public interest, to have details included in " Hansard " where the members of the public can see it. Obviously, members of the public cannot get this information easily if it is not incorporated in " Hansard ". The information is not freely accessible. I have timed myself when reading this list and I find that, reading at a rapid rate, it takes more than six minutes to read. I have about15 seconds left in which to speak. All I can say is that when we resume in the new year I will raise this matter again. I will seek some positive action from the Commonwealth Government in the interests of the general public. We cannot have a situation in which people, who have inside information of public bodies, such as the Postmaster-General's Department and the Department of Health, move from the Public Service into private enterprise and take with them information which in a number of instances is secret and of tremendous value to the private enterprise. Indisputably, in a number of instances this information is exploited to the disadvantage of the public interest and to the advantage - an unfair advantage at that - of the private interest.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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