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Tuesday, 25 May 1993
Page: 1253

Senator WATSON (10.21 p.m.) —I thank the Minister for that very encouraging response. The point that the Minister did not address concerns the limited distribution of the committee proceedings and the transcript. They are available from the secretariat so they are available only on request, whereas all members who subscribe to the Hansard automatically get the Senate estimates transcripts. It is really a question of dissemination of information to a wider section of the audience than just those people who perhaps pay for a particular service through the reporting service of this Parliament. I am concerned that perhaps nowadays tax issues are not being disseminated widely enough throughout the community and are increasingly becoming the preserve of a few highly specialised tax practitioners. I think that is an unfortunate development and I want to try to loosen it up somewhat.