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WESTERN AUSTRALIAN ROYAL COMMISSION--MINISTER'S LEGAL COSTS--ORDER FOR
PRODUCTION OF DOCUMENTS

Statement by leave: The Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs

(Senator Bolkus), by leave, made a statement relating to General

Business notice of motion no. 1674 standing in the name of Senator

Vanstone for this day, proposing an order for the production of

documents by the Minister representing the Attorney-General (Senator

Bolkus).

Senator Bolkus, by leave, moved--That the Senate--

(a) notes that the Government has agreed to pay the legal costs of

the Minister for Human Services and Health (Dr Lawrence) in

relation to her legal challenge to, and possible involvement in,

the Western Australian Royal Commission into the Penny Easton

affair; and

(b) resolves that there be laid on the table, not later than 9 a.m.

on 29 June 1995, by the Minister representing the

Attorney-General (Senator Bolkus), the following:

(i) copies of all correspondence and other documents (whatever

their form) exchanged between Dr Lawrence and the

Attorney-General (Mr Lavarch) and/or the Minister for

Justice (Mr Kerr) in relation to the following matters,

namely, the possible or actual provision to Dr Lawrence of

legal advice or financial assistance in relation to any

challenge to, or involvement in, the Western Australian

Royal Commission into the Penny Easton affair,

(ii) copies of all correspondence and other documents (whatever

their form) exchanged between the Attorney-General and the

Prime Minister (Mr Keating) in relation to the matters

referred to in paragraph (i),

(iii) copies of all correspondence and other documents (whatever

their form) exchanged between the Prime Minister and Dr

Lawrence in relation to the same matters,

(iv) copies of any notes, memos, briefs and documents (whatever

their form) prepared by any Commonwealth official in

relation to the same matters, and

(v) copies of any legal advice prepared by any Government lawyer

in relation to the same matters.

Question put and passed.