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Thursday, 27 May 1993
Page: 1589

Senator GARETH EVANS (Minister for Foreign Affairs) (11.35 p.m.) —I have to say I am a little surprised at the passion this matter has generated. I should not be surprised after all these years in this place, but there it is. I originally took the view that no great harm would be done to the polity or anybody else by this sort of document getting into the public domain through the agency of the Senate. I was inclined to be a little relaxed about it. Nonetheless, it does seem to be an issue which has generated quite a considerable reaction and there is obviously a point of principle involved here. Senator Spindler, no doubt in the best possible faith, is nonetheless, on the face of it, perpetrating something which can be construed as a bit of a swiftie.

  I think, in all the circumstances, it would be appropriate if the matter were given a little more mature reflection by Senator Spindler as to how precisely he proposes to canvass the matter. Under the circumstances, I move:

  That the debate be now adjourned.

  Question resolved in the affirmative.

  Original question resolved in the affirmative.