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Thursday, 17 October 1974
Page: 1803

Senator WITHERS (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - My question is addressed to the Leader of the Government in the Senate in his capacity as Attorney-General. The Minister will recall that yesterday I asked him whether the interdepartmental committee had yet reported on freedom of information Act. He will recall that yesterday he said that he would seek further and better information and advise me later. I now ask whether he has further and better information.

Senator MURPHY (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Attorney-General) -Yes, I have. The Committee has reported. The report has come to me accompanied by a submission. I expect that Cabinet will shortly consider the matter. The honourable senator asked me about the tabling of the report. I see no reason to assume that the report will not be tabled. I know that some questions have been raised about the tabling of interdepartmental reports. In any event, I think the substance of the matters contained in the report would be tabled, whatever the arguments might be about the reports of such committees.

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