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Tuesday, 10 September 1985
Page: 328

Senator WALTERS —My question is addressed to the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on the Status of Women. It relates to the distribution of the affirmative action progress report at the end of the autumn session of Parliament. What was revealed by the Minister's inquiry into what happened with the distribution of the report within Parliament House? Does the Minister recall that she undertook to inform the Senate of the outcome of her inquiry, as page 2963 of Hansard reveals? Is it a fact that Opposition senators were excluded from the distribution while members of Caucus received their copies? If this is so, why did it happen and under whose instructions?

Senator RYAN —I certainly recall that I undertook to investigate this matter, because I was concerned to discover that all members of the Senate had not received this important report when it was first tabled. I also recall that the Office of the Status of Women and the officers here responsible for distribution did provide an explanation. Unfortunately, it is not in the brief today and I cannot recall the details of it. I will ensure that it is tabled in Parliament tomorrow.