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Wednesday, 8 June 1994
Page: 1448

Senator McKIERNAN (9.42 a.m.) —I want to make a few brief remarks in regard to this report. I draw the Senate's attention to paragraph 1.5 on page 2, part of which reads:

Senator McKiernan, as Chairman of the Migration Committee and a member of the Committee of Privileges, disqualified himself from the Privileges Committee's consideration of the matter.

I did that in accordance with the longstanding principle that I have been told has existed on the privileges committee that individuals involved in an inquiry who have made the original reference should disqualify themselves from the consideration, and I did that. However, it brings up reference to the recommendation contained at 2.14 on page 9, which reads:

Some members of the Committee of Privileges are participating, as members of the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs, in an inquiry into the rights and responsibilities of the media. The Committee recommends that the issue of journalistic ethics arising from this case be referred to that committee for consideration as part of its media reference.

I am also a member of the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs. I do not think a similar matter of propriety would exist in the reference of the matter to the legal and constitutional affairs committee in the same way as it existed in the privileges committee, so I would, unless I am advised otherwise by the Senate or by other outside sources, participate fully in the deliberations of that committee in the reference which has now been passed on to it from the privileges committee. I would appreciate receiving advice on that, but it certainly would be my intention at this time to participate fully in that inquiry into the rights and obligations of the media by the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs.

  Debate (on motion by Senator Reid) adjourned.