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Wednesday, 26 June 1996
Page: 2190


Senator CHRIS EVANS —At the request of Senator Denman, the Chair of the Committee of Senators' Interests, and in accordance with paragraph 4(c) of the resolution of the Senate of 17 March 1994 relating to the registration of senators' interests, I table a copy of notifications by senators of alterations of their interests since the previous tabling on 30 November 1995. The report also contains the declarations of the four territory senators and three state senators filling casual vacancies who were sworn in on 30 November 1995 or 30 April 1996. I also table the 1995 annual report of the Committee of Senators' Interests.

Ordered that the report be printed.


Senator CHRIS EVANS —I seek leave to incorporate in Hansard a statement setting out when new declarations of interests are needed from senators. The statement will assist senators to understand what is required of them for the purposes of the next issue of the updated register of senators' interests to be tabled in September 1996.

Leave granted.

The statement read as follows

Guidance for senators about lodging their declarations of interests after 1 July 1996

There are two key starting points. First, each time a senator is sworn in he or she must make a full declaration of interests within 28 days of that swearing in. Secondly, any senator who has made a declaration must notify alterations of it within 28 days of the alteration occurring.

There are currently five distinct groups of senators (for registration purposes):

(A)   The four Territory senators have lodged their declarations, and a new declaration is not required after 1 July 1966.

(B)   The three senators filling casual vacancies have lodged their declarations, and a new declaration is not required after 1 July 1996 except from the senators who were also elected on 2 March for a new term commencing on 1 July (see (E) below).

(C)   Those senators (other than Territory senators) who were re-elected on 2 March 1996 (terms commencing on 1 July 1996) will be sworn in on 20 August 1996 and must lodge their full declarations of interests by close of business on 17 September 1996 (28 days after being sworn in).

(D)   Continuing senators (ie those who were not seeking re-election on 2 March 1996 because their terms continued) have made declarations that remain in force and are required only to lodge alterations of them as necessary to reflect changed interests. They may, if they wish, choose to lodge a new, consolidated declaration by close of business 17 September 1996.

(E)   Senators elected for the first time on 2 March 1996 (term commencing on 1 July 1996) will be sworn in on 20 August 1996 and must lodge their full declarations of interests by close of business on 17 September 1996 (28 days after being sworn in).

Any senator who has made a declaration must lodge any relevant alterations to it within 28 days of such alterations occurring.

As soon as possible after 17 September 1996 the Committee of Senators' Interests will table a complete, up-to-date Register comprising all current declarations for all serving senators.

The Registrar of Senators' Interests will be writing to all senators closer to 20 August explaining these arrangements and enclosing appropriate forms.