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Tuesday, 25 May 1993
Page: 1250


Senator CRANE (10.03 p.m.) —I will finalise my comments on this matter because I have no intention of pursuing it all night. I would like to put on the public record that the position is totally unsatisfactory. I repeat what I said by way of interjection: to use an analogy of a letter from Mrs Smith cannot be described as anything but outrageous. One cannot compare the two situations. We are asking, quite legitimately, to have put before us the extent of an ambit letter of demand. I believe that on the basis of longstanding industrial practice and precedents, and as the custodians of the public purse, we are entitled to know what that is.

  I would request in all sincerity that when the Minister goes home tonight, he sleep on this issue and reconsider his position. I do not want to sound as if I am making a threat, but I guess I am. Until such time as we have rightful access to the contents of that letter of demand, we will pursue this issue relentlessly.