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Thursday, 27 November 1986
Page: 3821

Mr YOUNG (Leader of the House)(10.02) —I move:

That a message be sent to the Senate requesting that leave be given to Senators Archer, Black, Cooney and Vigor, members of the Joint Select Committee on Telecommunications Interception, to attend before the House of Representatives Committee of Privileges for examination.

This motion has been moved to facilitate the inquiry by the House of Representatives Standing Committee of Privileges into the matter referred to it by the House on 18 November. The special report presented by the Committee yesterday reveals that the Committee wishes to be able to receive evidence from the members of the Joint Select Committee on Telecommunications Interception and, as this was a joint committee, senators are involved. The Standing Orders contain special provisions governing the appearance of members of one House before committees of the other. The process in this case is that the House should consider sending a message to the Senate asking it to grant leave to those senators who served on the Joint Select Committee to appear before the Committee of Privileges if it wishes to invite them. I should stress that no question of compulsion is involved. It is a matter of the Senate being asked to give leave and, if the Senate so agrees, it is still a matter for individual senators whether they wish to appear. I commend the motion to the House.