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ENVIRONMENT, RECREATION, COMMUNICATIONS AND THE ARTS LEGISLATION
COMMITTEE--QUESTIONS ON NOTICE--ORDER FOR PRODUCTION OF DOCUMENTS

Motion determined as not formal: Senator Alston requested that General

Business notice of motion no. 1327 standing in his name for this day,

relating to an order for the production of documents by the Minister

representing the Minister for Communications and the Arts (Senator

McMullan) concerning questions on notice asked in the Environment,

Recreation, Communications and the Arts Legislation Committee's

additional estimates hearings, be taken as formal.

An objection was raised and the motion was not proceeded with as a

formal motion.

Suspension of standing orders: Senator Alston, 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. 1327 standing in the

name of Senator Alston for this day, relating to an order for the

production of documents by the Minister representing the Minister for

Communications and the Arts (Senator McMullan) concerning questions on

notice asked in the Environment, Recreation, Communications and the Arts

Legislation Committee's additional estimates hearings.

Question put and passed.

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

Business notice of motion no. 1327 standing in the name of Senator

Alston for this day, relating to an order for the production of

documents by the Minister representing the Minister for Communications

and the Arts (Senator McMullan) concerning questions on notice asked in

the Environment, Recreation, Communications and the Arts Legislation

Committee's additional estimates hearings, may be moved immediately and

have precedence over all other business this day till determined.

Question put and passed.

Senator Alston moved--That the Senate--

(a) notes that:

(i) the Environment, Recreation, Communications and the

Arts Legislation Committee agreed that Monday, 23

January 1995 would be the last day for departments to

provide answers to questions on notice relating to the

committee's consideration of the 1994-95 additional

estimates, and

(ii) the Minister for Communications and the Arts (Mr Lee)

gave the committee an undertaking to provide answers in

the Communications and the Arts portfolio as soon as

practicable;

(b) expresses its grave concern that, in spite of the committee

deadline and the ministerial undertaking, to date not a single

answer has been provided to the committee relating to the

Communications and the Arts portfolio; and

(c) resolves, therefore, that there be laid on the table, by the

Minister representing the Minister for Communications and the

Arts (Senator McMullan), not later than the adjournment of the

Senate on 8 February 1995, the following:

(i) the answers to all questions on notice asked by the

Environment, Recreation, Communications and the Arts

Legislation Committee in relation to its consideration

of the additional estimates for the Communications and

the Arts portfolio, and

(ii) a document showing the dates that the answers to each

of those questions were provided to the Minister's

office by the department or relevant agency.

Debate ensued.

Question put and passed.