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Tuesday, 16 April 1985
Page: 1098


Senator PETER RAE —by leave-I wish to add to what I said earlier to lend some support to the remarks which I made. I did not have the information available to me at the time that I spoke. In the report of the Select Committee on Parliamentary Privilege, which was ordered to be printed by the House of Commons at Westminster on 1 December 1967, that Committee, which contained some very well-known members of the House of Commons, expressed this view:

They are strongly of the opinion that the courts, whether civil or criminal, should give appropriate weight, when exercising their discretion over such matters as the fixing of dates and the grant or refusal of bail, to the importance of the Parliamentary function of a Member who may be involved.

I wanted to add that because it is further to the comments which I made when I spoke earlier.