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Thursday, 18 November 2004
Page: 83


Senator HARRIS (3:32 PM) —I seek leave to make a short statement.

Leave granted.


Senator HARRIS —I rise to address an issue that has been brought to my knowledge. Yesterday, in raising a matter of public interest relating to the inquiry into the Lindeberg issue and the subsequent destruction of the Heiner documents, I inadvertently referred to a document that was provided to the committee but which had not been released for publication. I assure the members of the committee and the Senate that it was not my intention to breach privilege. My intention was to highlight the gravity of the evidence that was brought before the committee, pertaining to child abuse in that grievance and to subsequent child abuse following the shredding of the Heiner documents. I unreservedly apologise to the Senate.