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Thursday, 13 October 1983
Page: 1736

Mr TUCKEY —I seek leave to table documents in regard to the Dawkins tax scheme. I offer them to the Minister for Finance (Mr Dawkins) to look at.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER —Is leave granted?

Mr Dawkins —No.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER —Order! Leave is not granted.

Mr Dawkins —Mr Deputy Speaker, if the Opposition wants to provide us with an opportunity to see the documents I am perfectly happy to look at them and consider the matter. I will not provide an opportunity for someone like the honourable member for O'Connor simply to table anything he likes. I do not know where the documents have come from.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER —Order! The Minister has made his point. He has the prerogative and he has exercised it.

Mr Peacock —I raise a point of order. I refer to the reality that I passed these documents over to the Minister. I wish him to have a look at them. After all, he allowed documents concerning allegations against the honourable member for La Trobe (Mr Milton) to be tabled. They were Labor Party documents bearing testimony to the disquiet the honourable member has with the Prime Minister (Mr Hawke). I think these documents should be tabled also.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER —Order! Are there any ministerial statements?

Mr TUCKEY —We are waiting for the Minister's approval.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER —Is the Minister for Finance still contemplating the request?

Mr Dawkins —Yes.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER —Could I have the Minister's response?

Mr Dawkins —Yes. When I have finished contemplating I will certainly respond.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER —Order! The House will proceed with its business and the Minister can inform the House of his decision subsequently.

Mr Peacock —Mr Deputy Speaker, I seek your indulgence for a moment. Would it be in order for us to ask from time to time how the Minister's contemplation is going?

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER —No, it would not.

Mr Peacock —Is there a time limit on this?

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER —Order! The Minister has the right to study the documents and make his decision. It is his prerogative to indicate when he is prepared to do so.