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NATIONAL GALLERY OF AUSTRALIA--APPOINTMENT PROCESS--PROPOSED ORDER FOR
PRODUCTION OF DOCUMENTS

Senator Baume, by leave, amended General Business notice of motion no.

1862, standing in his name for this day, to read as follows: That--

(a) the Senate notes:

(i) the statement by the Chairman of the National Gallery of

Australia, the Hon. Lionel Bowen, reported in the

Australian, that the panel he chaired to select a

successor to Ms Betty Churcher on her retirement as

Gallery Director had conveyed its unanimous choice of Mr

Michael Lloyd to the Department of Communications and

the Arts in August 1995, and

(ii) the claim by the Minister for Communicationsand the

Arts (Mr Lee) that his department had not passed the

recommendation on to him, so that he did not reject the

unanimous recommendation to appoint Mr Lloyd when he

decided to reappoint Ms Churcher for a further year;

and

(b) there be laid on the table, by the Minister representing the

Minister for Communications and the Arts (Senator McMullan),

immediately after questions and motions to take note of answers

to questions, on 13 November 1995, all relevant documents

relating to the failure to appoint Mr Lloyd and the

reappointment of Ms Churcher, including any requests by the

Minister to the department not to be officially advised of the

selection committee's unanimous recommendation and any advice or

recommendationson this matter from the Prime Minister (Mr

Keating) or his department.

Statements by leave: Senators Jones, Panizza and Baume, by leave, made

statements relating to the notice of motion.

Proposed suspension of standing orders: Senator Baume, 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 Baume 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. 1862 standing in the

name of Senator Baume 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).

Debate ensued.

Senator Baume, by leave, withdrew the motion.

Order of business--Re-arrangement: The Minister for the Environment,

Sport and Territories (Senator Faulkner) moved--That General Business

notice of motion no. 1862 standing in the name of Senator Baume for this

day be called on immediately after consideration of any motions to take

note of answers to questions today.