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Tuesday, 2 October 1984
Page: 1007


Senator GEORGES —Mr Deputy President, I seek leave to read a petition arising from the proceedings of the Select Committee on Allegations Concerning a Judge.

Leave granted.

Senator GEORGES-It reads:

The Hon. the President and members of the Senate in Parliament assembled.

The petition of the undersigned Peter Anthony Hohnen a member of the firm of MacPhillamy, Cummins and Gibson, solicitors of Canberra and solicitors for the Hon. Mr Justice L. K. Murphy respectfully shows:

1. Your petitioner prays that the Senate, in parliament assembled, should permit the Hon. T. E. F. Hughes, QC, to address the Senate from the Bar of the Senate on the following questions which have arisen in relation to the conduct of the Select Committee on Allegations Concerning a Judge-'the Select Committee' :

(a) that counsel appearing for witnesses be not permitted to cross examine other witnesses;

(b) that counsel appearing for witnesses be not permitted to cross examine Mr Justice Murphy should he choose to give evidence;

(c) that counsel appearing for witnesses should not have made available to them by the Select Committee:

(i) the statement made by Mr Justice Murphy to the Senate Select Committee on the Conduct of a Judge-'the former Select Committee'-on 2 July 1984 or

(ii) the oral submissions made to the former Select Committee by the Hon. T. E. F. Hughes QC on 14 August 1984

(d) that no amendment should be made to paragraph 2 (b) of the resolution of the Senate of 8 September 1984 concerning the matters referred by the Senate to the Select Committee.

2. Alternatively, your petitioner prays that the Senate, in parliament assembled, should determine in relation to the conduct of the Select Committee the following matters:

(a) that counsel appearing for witnesses be not permitted to cross examine other witnesses;

(b) that counsel appearing for witnesses be not permitted to cross examine Mr Justice Murphy should he choose to give evidence;

(c) that counsel appearing for witnesses should not have made available to them by the Select Committee:

(i) the statement made by Mr Justice Murphy to the former Select Committee on 2 July 1984 or

(ii) the oral submissions made to the former Select Committee by the Hon. T. E. F. Hughes QC on 14 August 1984.

(d) that no amendment should be made to paragraph 2 (b) of the resolution of the Senate of 8 September 1984 concerning the matters referred by the Senate to the Select Committee.

The petition is dated 2 October and signed by Mr P. A. Hohnen. I seek leave to make a short statement in connection with that petition.

Leave granted.

Senator GEORGES-This petition is one which refers to matters of the utmost importance to the Senate, and I ask that the text of the petition receive consideration by the Senate in the debate which is to take place later this day and, if necessary and on further consideration, I may move in that direction.