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LEASES FOR OFFICE SPACE--ORDER FOR PRODUCTION OF DOCUMENT--PRIVILEGES
COMMITTEE--REFERENCE

Senator Spindler, having amended his notice of motion in accordance with

standing order 77, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a

formal motion, moved--

(1) That a report by the Auditor-General be laid on the table, as

soon as practicable, on the following questions in relation to

leases in the Casselden Place building in Melbourne, which were

the subject of the orders of the Senate of 5 and 10 May 1994:

(a) when was an agreement reached between Projects, Interiors

and Assets Services on the one hand and the lessor of office

space now occupied by those businesses at Casselden Place,

Melbourne, on the other;

(b) how was the agreement documented;

(c) at the time of the agreement was the agreed net rent to be

paid by these businesses above or below average per square

metre rental being paid in respect of comparable office

accommodation in Melbourne;

(d) from 1 December 1992, was the rent that was actually paid by

these businesses above or below average per square metre

rental being paid in respect of comparable office

accommodation in Melbourne since that date;

(e) to what extent does the rental paid since December 1992 vary

from a comparable fair market rental;

(f) do the payments received by the agencies under the property

adjustment program fairly compensate them for the variations

in rental, and, if not, how did the amounts vary and why;

(g) how have the alterations in the areas agreed to be occupied

prior to construction and the areas occupied on completion

been negotiated and documented;

(h) how have the areas agreed to be leased as at 1 December 1992

and the areas occupied as at 1 June 1994 been changed, and,

if they have changed, how was that change negotiated and

documented;

(i) were any property adjustment program payments paid in

respect of any area included in any of the leases but in

fact in excess of the space requirements of the agency;

(j) does the rent that has been paid since 1 December 1992

reflect a discounting or subsidisation outside the range of

normal commercial dealing;

(k) if the answer to (j) is yes, was there any other direct or

indirect subsidisation by the Commonwealth Government of

these agencies in respect of their leases;

(l) have these businesses operated on a fully commercial basis

since taking up tenancy in these premises;

(m) has the use of the property adjustment program in these

instances allowed the agencies concerned to enjoy any unfair

commercial advantage over private sector competitors;

(n) has the use of the property adjustment program in these

instances been consistent with the objectives of that

program.

(2) That the Auditor-General be provided with the

informationnecessary to compile the report required by paragraph

(1).

(3) That the Privileges Committee, in considering the Parliamentary

Privileges Amendment (Enforcement of Lawful Orders) Bill 1994

referred to the committee on 12 May 1994, consider this

particular instance of refusal by a Minister to produce

documents in response to an order of the Senate, and the report

by the Auditor-General under paragraph (1).

Statements by leave: Senators Spindler and Campbell, by leave, made

statements relating to the motion.

Question put and passed.