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FOR – Documents — Parole Applications; Order for the Production of Documents

Matt O'Sullivan

At the request of Senator Cash, I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that the Minister representing the Attorney-General has not complied with order for the production of documents no. 324 agreed by the Senate on 11 September 2023;

(b) notes that the response to the order, that 'there are no documents that contain all of the information specified in the order', is not a valid reason to deny information of concern to the Senate;

(c) notes that Odgers' Australian Senate Practice states that 'orders for the production of documents may require the production of documents in the possession of a person or body, or the creation and production of documents by the person or body having the information to compile the documents'; and

(d) requires that the Minister representing the Attorney-General comply fully with the order by 3 November 2023.

Sue Lines

The question is that general business notice of motion No. 345, standing in the name of Senator Cash and moved by Senator O'Sullivan, be agreed to.


Date and time: 4:27 PM on 2023-10-17
Senator Pocock's vote: Aye
Total number of "aye" votes: 41
Total number of "no" votes: 20
Total number of abstentions: 15

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