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Tuesday, 22 June 1999
Page: 5937


Senator ROBERT RAY (4:06 PM) —I present the 76th report of the committee, entitled Parliamentary privilege—Precedents, procedures and practice in the Australian Senate 1966-1999 , together with a volume of the Clerk's advices to the Committee of Privileges.

Ordered that the report be printed.


Senator ROBERT RAY —by leave—I move:

That the Senate take note of the report.

This present report of the Committee of Privileges is, in effect, a third edition of the committee's report on its operation; the first was presented in 1991 and the second in 1996. The committee understands that considerable use has been made of these two reports, particularly the second, which constituted a compendium of privilege case studies and documents.

This edition incorporates and updates all relevant materials contained in the previous two reports and also includes details of and comments on a further 13 reports covering some 20 references. It will be placed on the Internet, and extra copies will be printed for general use and for use in and distribution at seminars for public servants and statutory officials of the Senior Executive Service and above. These seminars are now regularly conducted by the Public Service and Merit Protection Commission, as well as by the Department of the Senate, in response to recommendations made in several committee reports and adopted by the Senate. We hope that the Senate, and others for whom it has been prepared, will find it a short and useful report. I would like to take the opportunity to thank the secretary of the committee, Ms Lynch, and all her staff, who put an enormous amount of effort into this particular document. I seek leave to continue my remarks later.

Leave granted; debate adjourned.