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Wednesday, 14 December 1983
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Question No. 5

Senator Bolkus asked the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs , upon notice, on 21 April 1983:

(1) Did the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Drug Trafficking issue an Interim Report No. 2 relating to passports in May 1982.

(2) Did the Commission make 40 recommendations in respect of passports.

(3) What is the current state of implementation of each of those recommendations.

Senator Gareth Evans —The Minister for Foreign Affairs has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's questions:

(1) Yes.

(2) Yes.

(3) The Government's response to each of the recommendations was tabled in the House of Representatives on 8 December 1982 by the then Minister for Foreign Affairs. After further consideration the Government decided to reject Recommendations 32, 33 and 34 of the Stewart Royal Commission Interim Report. All the recommendations accepted by the Government have been implemented on schedule. Personal attendance has been introduced but will not become compulsory until 1 July 1984.