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PRIVILEGES—STANDING COMMITTEE—REFERENCE

Senator Kroger, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved matter of privilege notice of motion no. 1—That the following matter be referred to the Committee of Privileges for inquiry and report:

Having regard to matters raised by Senator Kroger relating to political donations made by Mr Graeme Wood, arrangements surrounding the sale of the Triabunna woodchip mill by Gunns Ltd and questions without notice asked by Senator Bob Brown and Senator Milne:

 (a) whether any person, by the offer or promise of an inducement or benefit, or by other improper means, attempted to influence a senator in the senator's conduct as a senator, and whether any contempt was committed in that regard; and

 (b) whether Senator Bob Brown received any benefit for himself or another person on the understanding that he would be influenced in the discharge of his duties as a senator, or whether he entered into any contract, understanding or arrangement having the effect, or possibly having the effect, of controlling or limiting his independence or freedom of action as a senator or pursuant to which he or any other senator acted as the representative of an outside body in the discharge of their duties as senators, and whether any contempt was committed in those regards.

Question put and passed.

Leave refused: The Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown) sought leave to make a statement relating to the motion.

An objection was raised and leave was not granted.