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Friday, 24 August 1984
Page: 356

Senator HARRADINE(12.23) — I remind the Senate of what is stated in Australian Senate Practice:

The question arises as to what punishment the Senate may impose upon a Senator who does not attend after receiving due notice of the Call. In the first place, he may be ordered to attend on a future day to answer for his conduct, and disobedience to such an order would constitute a breach of privilege and would be punishable as such. Unless the Senator's explanation for not attending in answer to the Call of the Senate be deemed satisfactory, the Senate may deal further with the matter, by motion. The offending Senator could be admonished, reprimanded, committed to gaol, or expelled, as the Senate saw fit. A term of imprisonment would be during the pleasure of the Senate, but imprisonment could not extend beyond the session.

Mr President, I am happy, under those circumstances, to support the motion.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Third Reading

Motion (by Senator Gareth Evans) put:

That the Bill be now read a third time.