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PARLIAMENTARY EVIDENCE-LIMITATION OF USE IN COURT PROCEEDINGS-TRIALS OF MR JUSTICE MURPHY AND JUDGE FOORD-STATEMENT BY PRESIDENT-PAPERS

The President made a statement relating to the Resolution of the Senate of 29 May 1985, directing that counsel be briefed to make submissions as to the law of parliamentary privilege at the trials of Mr Justice Murphy and Judge Foord, and to Mr Justice Cantor's and Mr Justice Maxwell's judgments on those submissions, and tabled the following Papers:

Judgment in Regina v. Lionel Keith Murphy by Mr Justice Cantor concerning the law of parliamentary privilege, dated 5 June 1985.

Submissions of Amicus Curiae made to the Supreme Court of New South Wales on the instructions of the President of the Senate on the question of parliamentary privilege in Regina v. John Murray Foord.

Transcript of proceedings in the Supreme Court of New South Wales Criminal Divison-

Regina v. Lionel Keith Murphy, dated 3 and 4 June 1985.

Regina v. John Murray Foord, dated 5 September 1985.

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

Debate ensued.

On the motion of Senator Robertson the debate was adjourned.

Ordered-That the resumption of the debate be an Order of the Day for the next day of sitting.