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Tuesday, 28 June 1994
Page: 2097


Senator PATTERSON —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

  That the Senate—

  (a)notes that the Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs (Senator Bolkus) is responsible for making appointments to the National Committee for the United Nations International Conference on Population and Development (ICPU) 1994;

  (b)observes that on 16 November 1993, in answer to Senate question on notice no. 621 asked by Senator Patterson, Senator Bolkus stated that reference was made to the Register of Women in making appointments to the ICPU;

  (c)notes that, in answer to questions asked by Senator Patterson in Senate Estimates Committee A regarding searches made on the Register of Women in the 1993-94 financial year, the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet stated that only one search was requested by the office of the Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs on 23 November 1993 and another by the Department of Immigration and Ethnic Affairs on 11 April 1994; and

  (d)calls on the Minister to explain the apparent discrepancy between the answer he gave to the Senate on 16 November 1993 and the answer provided by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet to Senate Estimates Committee A.