Monday, 2 May 2016
Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority; Order for the Production of Documents
I seek leave to amend general business notice of motion No. 1157 standing in my name and the names of Senators Leyonhjelm, Day, Lambie, Wang, Xenophon, Lazarus and Muir. Leave granted.
I move the motion as amended:
That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Sport (Senator Nash), no later than 4 pm on Friday, 6 May 2016, a copy of the following documents relating to the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) and the National Anti-Doping Framework:
(a) the 4 March 2014 final report by ASADA investigator, Mr Aaron Walker, on the ASADA investigation known as ‘Operation Cobia’ into the Essendon Football Club’s 2012 player supplements program;
(b) the independent review of Operation Cobia conducted by former judge of the Federal Court of Australia, Mr Garry Downes, and commissioned by the former Minister for Sport, Mr Dutton;
(c) the report of the independent review of ASADA commissioned by the former Minister for Sport, Ms Ellis, the existence of which was reported by journalist, Mr Sean Parness, in The Australian on 10 July 2009;
(d) the decision of the Australian Football League (AFL) Anti-Doping Tribunal signed by chairman Mr David Jones and members Mr John Nixon and Mr Wayne Henwood, dated 31 March 2015, which cleared 34 Essendon footballers who played for the club during the 2012 AFL season of an alleged violation of the 1 January 2010 AFL Anti-Doping Code;
(e) the October 2013 report to ASADA management in which ASADA investigators reportedly detailed a strong case against Gold Coast Suns footballer Mr Nathan Bock and high performance manager Mr Dean Robinson over the use of banned peptide CJC–1295;
(f) all documentation in the possession or control of ASADA, the Minister or her department, whether held electronically or in hardcopy, that relates to ASADA’s subsequent decision not to pursue anti-doping rule violations against Mr Bock and Mr Robinson including, but not limited to, all correspondence, file notes, minutes, memoranda, agreements, decisions, reports, and any other form of document whatsoever relating to this issue; and
(g) all documentation in the possession or control of ASADA, the Minister or her department, whether held electronically or in hardcopy, that relates to ASADA’s decision to reopen its investigation into former AFL footballer, Mr Bock, including, but not limited to, all correspondence, file notes, minutes, memoranda, agreements, decisions, reports, and any other form of document whatsoever relating to this issue.
I thank the chamber. The document Senator Madigan has asked to be tabled contains sensitive personal information of those involved in the investigations outlined in this motion. Many of these documents concern mattes that have not yet been finalised and, as such, it would be highly inappropriate for them to be released at this point in time.
Question agreed to.