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Thursday, 18 October 1984
Page: 1978

Senator WALTERS —My question is addressed to the Attorney-General. Is it a fact that the Human Rights Commission commissioned Dr Gabriel Moens of the Law School of the University of Sydney to do a study on affirmative action, concepts, justification and practice? Will Dr Moens's report, which has been with the Commission for about six or seven weeks, be made public? Has the Attorney seen a copy of the report? Are there any implications in the report critical of some aspects of the Government's Green Paper, particularly in regard to targets? Did the Attorney-General communicate with the Commission, which is an independent body, questioning Dr Moens's suitability for the task?

Senator GARETH EVANS —I have some recollection of something occurring in relation to the matter to which Senator Walters referred but I am afraid it was some time ago. I will need to refresh my memory and give Senator Walters an appropriate answer in due course.