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Monday, 3 November 2003
Page: 21751


Mr ORGAN (3:46 PM) —Thank you, Mr Speaker. According to the President of the Senate in committee this morning, you are undertaking an inquiry into the assault on Senator Nettle. Could you please inform the House of the details of that inquiry or any related inquiry you are holding into the events of 23 and 24 October in this place? Also, will members of the House have any avenue by which to address questions to you concerning the events, other than the present circumstances or in writing?


The SPEAKER —I have made a statement to the House. I do not intend to make any further statements to the House unless new material is made available to me. May I correct the record. I find myself in the position of some ministers at the dispatch box. Apparently in response to one answer I said that I had spoken to someone from the Prime Minister's office. I should have said I had spoken to someone from the Prime Minister's department.