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Wednesday, 27 February 1985
Page: 213

Motion (by Senator Childs)-by leave-agreed to:

(1) That the following matter be referred to the Committee of Privileges: The question of what penalties, if any, might, in the Committee's opinion, be appropriate with respect to the serious contempts of the Senate constituted by certain publications in The National Times the subject of the Committee's Report, tabled on 17 October 1984 and adopted by the Senate on 24 October 1984.

(2) That for the purpose of its inquiry and report:

(a) the Committee have power to send for and examine persons, papers and records, to move from place to place, and to sit in public or private, notwithstanding any prorogation of the Parliament or dissolution of the House of Representatives;

(b) the Committee be empowered to print from day to day such papers and evidence as may be ordered by it, and a daily Hansard be published of such proceedings as take place in public; and

(c) the Committee have power to consider the minutes of evidence and records of the Committee of Privileges of the previous Parliament.

(3) That the foregoing provisions of this Resolution, so far as they are inconsistent with the Standing Orders, have effect notwithstanding anything contained in the Standing Orders.