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Wednesday, 8 November 2000
Page: 22442

Mr COX (3:56 PM) —I wish to raise a matter of privilege. The matter concerns the reversal today by government members of a decision made last week by the JCPAA to establish a full public inquiry into IT outsourcing. Given that the government last night announced a review of IT outsourcing, the circumstances suggest that the deliberations of the committee may have been conveyed, by whatever means, to the government. Today at a meeting, government members voted to replace the inquiry with a roundtable hearing early next year. I raise with you as a matter of privilege the apparent, unauthorised disclosure.

Mr SPEAKER —I will, of course, deal with the matter raised by the member for Kingston, as I indicated I would deal with the matter raised by the member for Chifley. I will look at the evidence the member for Kingston has, but the custom in the House has been for the committee to look at the evidence and then report initially to the Speaker's office, to the Speaker and then to the House.