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Thursday, 11 October 2012
Page: 8028

Access to Unpublished Committee Documents—Report to the Senate

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: I present a report on access to unpublished committee documents of the Joint Select Committee on Certain Family Law Issues.

The report read as follows—


For the information of honourable senators, in accordance with the resolution of the Senate of 6 September 1984 relating to the disclosure of joint committee documents, I advise the Senate that on 10 October 2012 the Presiding Officers granted access to a record of the Joint Select Committee on Certain Family Law Issues, held by the National Archives of Australia.

The Senate resolution of 6 September 1984 enables the Presiding Officers to authorise persons to access and copy previously unpublished committee evidence and documents which have been in the custody of either chamber for at least 10 years.

The committee report on the inquiry lists the record as an exhibit. The exhibit is a collection of documents prepared by the organisation known as the Parent Inquiry into Children Under Protection. It was provided to the committee in relation to its reference to examine the funding and administration of the Family Court of Australia. The report was presented to both chambers in November 1995.

The record will be provided to Mr David Smith of the Sunday Times Magazine (UK).