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PARLIAMENTARY EVIDENCE-LIMITATION ON USE IN COURT PROCEEDINGS- COMMITTAL PROCEEDINGS OF JUDGE FOORD-STATEMENT BY PRESIDENT-PAPERS

The President informed the Senate that he had made arrangements for counsel to appear before the New South Wales Local Court in committal proceedings in respect of Judge Foord to draw attention to the limitation which the law imposes on the use of parliamentary evidence in court proceedings.

The President then tabled the following Papers: Copy of letter and petition from Mr S. Masselos and Co., solicitors for Judge Foord, dated 12 April 1985, requesting the Senate to waive privilege in relation to a submission made to the Select Committee on the Conduct of a Judge.

Copy of letter from the Director of Public Prosecutions, Mr Ian Temby, Q.C., to the President of the Senate, concerning a petition to the Senate on behalf of Judge Foord, dated 15 April 1985.

Motion to take note: The Minister for Resources and Energy (Senator Gareth Evans), by leave, moved-That the Senate take note of the Statement.

Debate ensued.

Ordered-That the debate be adjourned till the next day of sitting, and that Senator Durack have leave to continue his speech on the resumption of the debate.

Motion not to accede to petition: Senator Gareth Evans, by leave, moved-That, with respect to the petition forwarded on behalf of Judge Foord, arising out of proceedings in the New South Wales Local Court, and tabled by the President this day, the Senate does not accede to the request contained in the petition.

Debate ensued.

Question-put and passed.