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Tuesday, 10 September 1996
Page: 3134


Senator CHRIS EVANS —At the request of Senator Faulkner, I ask that general business notice of motion No. 197, standing in the name of Senator Faulkner for today, relating to the provision of information by the Assistant Treasurer (Senator Short), be taken as formal.

Leave granted.


Senator CHRIS EVANS —I move:

That the Senate call on the Assistant Treasurer (Senator Short) to provide the following information in respect of each of the 12 items of correspondence between the Commission of Audit and departments and ministers which were withheld from tabling on 21 August 1996:

(a)   a brief description of the communication;

(b)   the originator of the correspondence; and

(c)   the reasons for withholding the correspondence.