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Thursday, 25 October 1973
Page: 1454

Senator WRIGHT (TASMANIA) - I direct a question to the Attorney-General. It refers to the examination which Senate Estimates Committee A is making into the item of appropriation for payment of $62,900 to Sir Richard Kirby on the occasion of his retirement from the office of Chief Justice of the Commonwealth Conciliation and Arbitration Commission. The Attorney-General will remember that I have requested that papers in connection with the matter be tabled. Last evening he was good enough to undertake that that would be done. I ask the Attorney-General: Will he arrange to table those papers today so that they will be available for our consideration during the week that Parliament is in recess.

Senator MURPHY -I will endeavour to do so. I spoke to Senator Wright last night and indicated the position to him. I think he spoke originally about a file. The file includes some Cabinet documents or some other matters of a very personal nature which I am sure he would not want. But I indicated that I thought that there could be extracted from the file documents which would probably meet his wishes. The original letter was written by the former President. I stress that the office is President of the Commonwealth Conciliation and Arbitration Commission. Documents which can be extracted should enable the honourable senator to see the way in which the matter arose. I think that probably this can be done today. If it cannot conveniently be done today the letter certainly could be put before the Estimates Committee when it next meets.

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