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SJ No 72 - 25 November 2011
PROPOSED MATTER OF PRIVILEGE—STATEMENT BY PRESIDENT
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Senate Journal No. 72 - 25 November 2011
- 1 MEETING OF SENATE
- 2 ECONOMICS LEGISLATION COMMITTEE—LEAVE TO MEET DURING SITTING
- 3 LEAVE OF ABSENCE
- 4 NOTICES
- 5 SELECTION OF BILLS—STANDING COMMITTEE—REPORT NO. 17 OF 2011
- 6 DAYS OF MEETING—VARIATION
- 7 COMPETITION AND CONSUMER LEGISLATION AMENDMENT BILL 2011
- 8 HUMAN RIGHTS (PARLIAMENTARY SCRUTINY) BILL 2010E HUMAN RIGHTS (PARLIAMENTARY SCRUTINY) (CONSEQUENTIAL PROVISIONS) BILL 2010
- 9 SAFETY, REHABILITATION AND COMPENSATION AND OTHER LEGISLATION AMENDMENT BILL 2011E SOCIAL SECURITY AMENDMENT (STUDENT INCOME SUPPORT REFORMS) E BILL 2011
- 10 DETERRING PEOPLE SMUGGLING BILL 2011
- 11 PROPOSED MATTER OF PRIVILEGE—STATEMENT BY PRESIDENT
- 12 DOCUMENTS
- 13 AUSTRALIAN COMMISSION FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT INTEGRITY—JOINT STATUTORY COMMITTEE—REPORT—INTEGRITY TESTING
- 14 EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT AND WORKPLACE RELATIONS REFERENCES COMMITTEE—REPORT—DISABILITY EMPLOYMENT SERVICES
- 15 FOREIGN AFFAIRS, DEFENCE AND TRADE REFERENCES COMMITTEE—REPORT—GOVERNMENT'S RESPONSE TO KIDNAPPINGS OF AUSTRALIAN CITIZENS OVERSEAS
- 16 ECONOMICS REFERENCES COMMITTEE—REPORT—CAPITAL MARKETS FOR SOCIAL ECONOMY ORGANISATIONS
- 17 PUBLICATIONS—STANDING COMMITTEE—12TH REPORT
- 18 ECONOMICS LEGISLATION COMMITTEE—ADDITIONAL INFORMATION—ESTIMATES
- 19 ECONOMICS LEGISLATION COMMITTEE—REPORT—CONSTITUTIONAL CORPORATIONS (FARM GATE TO PLATE) BILL 2011 [NO. 2]
- 20 LEGAL AND CONSTITUTIONAL AFFAIRS LEGISLATION COMMITTEE—REPORT—NORTHERN LAND COUNCIL'S EVIDENCE TO THE COMMITTEE'S INQUIRY INTO THE PROVISIONS OF THE NATIONAL RADIOACTIVE WASTE MANAGEMENT BILL 2010
- 21 PUBLIC ACCOUNTS AND AUDIT—JOINT STATUTORY COMMITTEE—426TH REPORT
- 22 AUSTRALIAN PARLIAMENTARY DELEGATION TO THE 124TH INTER-PARLIAMENTARY UNION ASSEMBLY AND BILATERAL VISIT TO BRAZIL—DOCUMENT
- 23 NATIONAL BROADBAND NETWORK—JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE—REPORT—REVIEW OF THE ROLLOUT OF THE NATIONAL BROADBAND NETWORK
- 24 COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP
- 25 COMMUNITY AFFAIRS REFERENCES COMMITTEE—ADDITIONAL INFORMATION—FUNDING AND ADMINISTRATION OF MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
- 26 NATIONAL CAPITAL AND EXTERNAL TERRITORIES—JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE—REPORT—ADMINISTRATION OF THE NATIONAL MEMORIALS ORDINANCE
- 27 ECONOMICS LEGISLATION COMMITTEE—EXTENSION OF TIME TO REPORT
- 28 LEAVE OF ABSENCE
- 29 NEXT MEETING OF SENATE
- 30 LEGAL AND CONSTITUTIONAL AFFAIRS REFERENCES COMMITTEE—REPORT—UNAUTHORISED DISCLOSURE OF COMMITTEE PROCEEDINGS
- 31 ECONOMICS REFERENCES COMMITTEE—REPORT—CAPITAL MARKETS FOR SOCIAL ECONOMY ORGANISATIONS—CONSIDERATION
- 32 END OF 2011 SITTINGS—STATEMENT BY PRESIDENT
- 33 ADJOURNMENT
- 34 ATTENDANCE
PROPOSED MATTER OF PRIVILEGE—STATEMENT BY PRESIDENT
The President made a statement relating to a matter of privilege raised by the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown) concerning a possible improper relationship between Senator Boswell and Metcash.
The President informed the Senate that, pursuant to the procedures provided by standing order 81 and resolutions of the Senate of 25 February 1988, he had determined that he should not give precedence to a motion to refer the matter to the Committee of Privileges.
Documents: The President tabled the following documents:
Proposed matter of privilege—Letters from—
Senator Bob Brown to the President, dated 24 November 2011 and attachments.
Senator Bob Brown to the President, dated 24 November 2011 .
President to Senator Bob Brown, dated 24 November 2011.
Dissent from ruling: Senator Bob Brown, having objected, in writing, to the ruling of the President, moved—That the Senate dissents from the ruling of the President (that the motion to refer a matter to the Committee of Privileges not be given precedence).
Debate was adjourned till the next day of sitting, pursuant to standing order 198.
Notice of motion: Senator Bob Brown gave a notice of motion as follows: To move on the next day of sitting—That the following matter be referred to the Standing Committee of Privileges for inquiry and report:
Having regard to Senator Boswell's acceptance of a $30 000 donation from Metcash, and other such donations in previous years and his subsequent request, on 23 November 2010, for a parliamentary inquiry into the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's decision to block the expansion of Metcash:
(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 Boswell 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 enter into any contract, understanding or arrangement having the effect, or which may have the effect, of controlling or limiting the senator's independence or freedom of action as a senator, or pursuant to which the senator is in any way to act as the representative of any outside body in the discharge of the senator's duties.
Leave refused: Senator Bob Brown sought leave to make a statement relating to the matter.
An objection was raised and leave was not granted.
Proposed suspension of standing orders: Senator Bob Brown, pursuant to contingent notice, moved—That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent Senator Bob Brown making a statement.
The Senate divided—