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FOR – Documents — Peters, Mr Brian; Order for the Production of Documents

Jordon Steele-John

I move:

That there be laid on the table by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, by no later than 5 pm on Tuesday, 9 May 2023, the following document:

Indonesia: NSW Coroner's Court inquest into the death of Brian Peters, written by Justin Lee.

Anthony Chisholm

CHISHOLM (—Assistant Minister for Education, Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Deputy Manager of Government Business in the Senate) (): I seek leave to make a short statement.

Sue Lines

Leave is granted for one minute.

Anthony Chisholm

The document sought is the subject of an application under the Freedom of Information Act. On the basis of damage to international relations and that certain information was communicated in confidence by a foreign government, a Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade decision-maker found that some of the information in the document was exempt from release in accordance with the provisions under the act. The Administrative Appeals Tribunal is reviewing the department's decision, and it would be inappropriate to comment on matters before the tribunal. Given this matter is still before the tribunal, the motion should not be supported by the Senate.

Sue Lines

The question is that general business notice of motion No. 219 standing of the name of Senator Steele-John be agreed to.


Date and time: 11:47 AM on 2023-03-30
Senator Pocock's vote: Aye
Total number of "aye" votes: 15
Total number of "no" votes: 32
Total number of abstentions: 29

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