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COMMONWEALTH PARLIAMENTARY lib r ar y MICAH

MEDI A R E L E A S ESENATOR FRED CHANEY

23/89

SENATE CENSURES COOK

The Senate today censured the Minister for Resources, Senator Cook, over the alteration of the Hansard record of an answer he gave last October.

Senator Cook is only the second Minister in the past 15 years to have been censured by the Senate.

It is* the first time the Senate has passed such a motion since September 1984 when it dealt similarly with Senator Cook's colleague, Senator Peter Walsh.

Today's vote reflects the seriousness with which the Senate regards any attempt to make changes in the meaning of what is said in the Chamber.

Senator Cook today acknowledged that his office asked Hansard to remove words included in a prepared answer to Senator Margaret Reid and delivered by the Minister on 17 October last year.

CANBERRA 7 April 1989

Contact: Keith Kessell (062) 77 3170

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