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MINISTERS--ORDER FOR PRODUCTION OF DOCUMENT--CENSURE

Suspension of standing orders: Senator Campbell, at the request of the

Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Hill) and pursuant to

contingent notice, moved--That so much of the standing orders be

suspended as would prevent Senator Hill moving a motion relating to the

conduct of the business of the Senate, namely a motion to give

precedence to General Business notice of motion no. 771 standing in the

name of Senator Campbell for this day, relating to the censure of the

Minister representing the Minister for Administrative Services (Senator

McMullan) and the Minister for Administrative Services (Mr Walker) in

relation to an order for the production of a document.

Debate ensued.

Question put and passed.

Senator Campbell, at the request of Senator Hill, moved--That General

Business notice of motion no. 771 standing in the name of Senator

Campbell for this day, relating to the censure of the Minister

representing the Minister for Administrative Services (Senator McMullan)

and the Minister for Administrative Services (Mr Walker) in relation to

an order for the production of a document, may be moved immediately and

have precedence over all other business till determined.

Question put and passed.

Minister representing the Minister for Administrative Services (Senator

McMullan) and Minister for Administrative Services (Mr Walker)--censure:

Senator Campbell moved--That the Senate--

(a) censures the Minister representing the Minister for

Administrative Services (Senator McMullan) and the Minister for

Administrative Services (Mr Walker), for their joint contempt of

the Senate in failing to comply with an order made on 5 May 1994

that documents be tabled containing information about the rental

and the outgoings of leases between Commonwealth agencies;

(b) rejects as absurd the Ministers' claims that such information

involving Commonwealth agencies can be withheld from the

Commonwealth Parliament because it is so confidential that

parliamentarians may not have access to it;

(c) reasserts its right to information and documents relevant to

public expenditure as propounded in the spirit and tenor of

numerous past resolutions of the Senate, in particular,

information about leases where only Commonwealth agencies are

involved and which the Government has no right to conceal from

the Australian community or its representatives; and

(d) resolves that the Ministers purge the contempt in which they

have held the Senate by tabling, on or before 6 p.m. on 10 May

1994, the documents ordered to be tabled, namely:

(i) the effective net rental rates, and

(ii) the outgoing payable per square metre,

in the Casselden Place building in Melbourne under the leases of

the Commonwealth agencies called Projects, Interiors and Assets

Services.

Debate ensued.

Question put.

The Senate divided--

AYES, 42

Abetz Alston Baume Bell Boswell Bourne Brownhill Calvert Campbell Chamarette Chapman Coulter Crane Crichton-Browne Ellison Ferguson Gibson Harradine Herron Hill Kemp Kernot Knowles Lees Macdonald, Ian Macdonald, Sandy McGauran Margetts Minchin Newman Panizza (Teller) Parer Patterson Reid Spindler Tambling Teague Tierney Troeth Vanstone Woodley Woods

NOES, 26

Beahan Burns Carr Childs Coates Collins Colston Cook Cooney Denman Devereux Evans, Christopher Evans, Gareth Faulkner Foreman (Teller) Loosley McKiernan McMullan Murphy Neal Ray Reynolds Schacht Sherry West Zakharov

Question agreed to.