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Tuesday, 1 February 1994
Page: 56


Senator CAMPBELL —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

  That the Senate—

    (a)notes that:

      (i)the Prime Minister (Mr Keating) has endorsed his Labor candidate for the seat of Fremantle,

      (ii)his candidate is former Western Australian Cabinet Minister and defeated Premier, Dr Carmen Lawrence,

      (iii)Dr Lawrence was a member of the Cabinet in 1988 and 1989 when the famous PICL and Rothwells WA Inc. deals were discussed in that Cabinet, and

      (iv)in answer to WA Inc. Royal Commission questions about crucial Cabinet discussions, Dr Lawrence's answers were `no direct knowledge', `cannot recall' and `no recollection'; and

    (b)calls on the Prime Minister to explain to the people of Fremantle whether he expects higher standards of diligence and responsibility from Ministers than those set during Dr Lawrence's tenure as a Cabinet Minister in the WA Inc. Dowding Labor Government.