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Tuesday, 1 February 1994
Page: 150

(Question No. 824)


Senator Panizza asked the Minister representing the Prime Minister, upon notice, on 24 November 1993:

  In what circumstances, if any, is it a fit and proper action for the chairman of a commission established under federal legislation to write to a minor party asking the leader to vote in a particular way on a motion before the Parliament.


Senator Gareth Evans —The Prime Minister has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

  Whether it is a fit and proper action for the chairperson of a commission established under federal legislation to write to a minor party asking the leader to vote in a particular way in a motion before the Parliament will depend on the following considerations:

  (a) the general nature and any particular provisions of the legislation establishing the commission in question;

  (b) any particular provisions in the legislation relating to the role of the commission's chairperson; and

  (c) the content of the motion in question and its relationship (if any) to the powers and functions of the commission in question.

  It is conceivable, for example, that where a commission has powers and functions to represent particular interests, or to develop and implement policies and programs in cooperation with those interests, it would be appropriate for the commission chair to make contact with political parties.