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LEGAL AND CONSTITUTIONAL LEGISLATION COMMITTEE--TELECOM--ORDER FOR
PRODUCTION OF DOCUMENTS

Motion determined as not formal: Senator Bourne requested that General

Business notice of motion no. 1418 standing in her name for this day,

relating to an order for the production of documents to the Legal and

Constitutional Legislation Committee, be taken as formal.

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

formal motion.

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

Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Kernot) and pursuant to

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

suspended as would prevent Senator Kernot 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. 1418 standing in the

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

production of documents to the Legal and Constitutional Legislation

Committee.

Debate ensued.

Question put and passed.

Senator Bourne, at the request of Senator Kernot, moved--That General

Business notice of motion no. 1418 standing in the name of Senator

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

documents to the Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee, may be

moved immediately and have precedence over all other business this day

till determined.

Question put and passed.

Senator Bourne, by leave, amended her notice of motion and moved--

(1) That, to assist the committee in its consideration of the

Telecommunications (Interception) Amendment Bill 1994 [1995],

there be laid before the Legal and Constitutional Legislation

Committee, on or before the adjournment of the Senate on 22

March 1995, the following documents relating to allegations that

Telecom employees illegally intercepted telephone conversations:

(a) the written consideration by the Director of Public

Prosecutions (DPP) and his senior staff of the Australian

Federal Police (AFP) brief of evidence;

(b) the legal advice provided to the DPP by senior counsel;

(c) the summary report which forms part of the AFP's brief of

evidence; and

(d) the advice by senior counsel to the AFP.

(2) That all documents received by the committee under this order be

treated as evidence taken in camera and be returned to the

Minister for Justice (Mr Kerr), unless the committee, after

hearing evidence from the Minister and any other persons, orders

that the documents be published.

(3) That the Minister release, to each complainant who alleged that

his or her telephone calls were intercepted, extracts from the

AFP brief of evidence and the DPP's findings which deal with his

or her complaint.

Debate ensued.

Question put.

The Senate divided--

AYES, 35

Abetz Baume Bell Boswell Bourne Brownhill Chapman Coulter Crichton-Browne Ellison Ferguson Gibson Herron Kemp Kernot Knowles Lees Macdonald, Ian Macdonald, Sandy McGauran Minchin Newman O'Chee (Teller) Panizza Patterson Short Spindler Tambling Teague Tierney Troeth Vanstone Watson Woodley Woods

NOES, 23

Beahan Burns Carr Coates Collins Colston Cook Cooney Crowley Denman Devereux Evans, Christopher Foreman Forshaw Harradine Jones (Teller) Loosley McKiernan McMullan Murphy Neal Reynolds West

Question agreed to.