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Tuesday, 2 October 1984
Page: 1321


Mr SPEAKER —I have received a request from Mr Justice Stewart, Commissioner of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Activities of the Nugan Hand Group, in which he seeks permission of the House for the Royal Commission to have possession of the telex tabled in the House on 12 September 1984 by the honourable member for Boothby (Mr Steele Hall). In doing so Mr Justice Stewart has stressed the seriousness attaching to the alleged leaking of the document and has indicated that possession of it is desired for the purposes of the Commission's inquiries in relation to its unauthorised release. On receipt of Mr Justice Stewart's request, I advised the honourable member for Boothby, the Prime Minister (Mr Hawke) and the Leader of the Opposition (Mr Peacock) and informed them that I intended to bring the matter to the attention of the House. On previous occasions the House has agreed to the use of its records in proceedings before other tribunals. This request is similar in nature to that on 25 March 1982 when the House granted leave for the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Drug Trafficking to be provided with copies of, and to adduce, any documents presented in the House concerning matters that may be relevant to the inquiry. I bring Mr Justice Stewart's request to the attention of the House so that it may take any action it considers appropriate.

Motion (by Mr Young)-by leave-agreed to:

That this House requests Mr Speaker to table a copy of the correspondence relating to the request by Mr Justice Stewart of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the activities of the Nugan Hand Group for a copy of the telex tabled in the House on 12 September 1984 by the honourable member for Boothby.


Mr SPEAKER —As requested by the House, I now table a copy of the correspondence relating to the request by Mr Justice Stewart of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Activities of the Nugan Hand Group for a copy of the telex tabled in the House on 12 September 1984 by the honourable member for Boothby.