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Tuesday, 16 November 2004
Page: 93

Senator Brandis asked the Special Minister of State, upon notice, on 22 June 2004:

Does the Australian Electoral Commission have any record of receiving any statutory declaration from Mr Peter Robert Garrett of New South Wales, between the years 1984 and 2004; if so: (a) how many declarations were received; and (b) in what year or years.

Senator Abetz (Special Minister of State) —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

The following answer has been provided by the Australian Electoral Commission:

The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) will not be providing the Special Minister of State with the information to answer the question on notice on the grounds that it is the AEC's practice not to disclose personal information about an elector without the elector's consent unless otherwise compelled to do so by law and that it is in the public interest for the AEC to continue to safeguard personal information it holds about an individual's electoral history.