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Wednesday, 11 May 1994
Page: 582


Senator SPINDLER (11.10 a.m.) —There are two matters that I need to address. Firstly, I would like to put on record that the direction and ambit of these amendments are mine. I instructed the clerks to assist me in drafting them. I wanted to put on record the superlative performance in producing the amendments, in the time available, that I have received. I did not seek their opinion, nor to my knowledge is their opinion reflected in the ambit and direction of these amendments. I thought it was important for me to put that on record.

  Secondly, I ask the minister to address briefly, if he would, whether the government accepts the basic underlying principle. We can argue about the ambit and the technical details of implementing what I have suggested should be done. But I would appreciate an indication from the minister as to the government's attitude on the principle of members of this parliament having access, irrespective of the relevant minister's grace and favour, to statutory officers such as the Privacy Commissioner and the Human Rights Commissioner.