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PRIVILEGES—STANDING COMMITTEE—150TH REPORT

The Chair of the Standing Committee of Privileges (Senator Johnston) tabled the following report and documents:

 Privileges—Standing Committee—150th report—Whether there was any improper influence in relation to political donations made by Mr Graeme Wood and questions without notice asked by Senator Bob Brown and Senator Milne, dated March 2012 and documents published by the committee.

Report ordered to be printed on the motion of Senator Johnston.

Senator Johnston, by leave, moved—That—

 (a) the Senate endorse the findings at paragraphs 1.56 and 1.59 of the 150th report of the Committee of Privileges and the conclusion, at paragraph 1.60, that no question of contempt arises in regard to the matter referred; and

 (b) the Procedure Committee review the processes for raising and referring matters of privilege, as set out in paragraphs 2.23 and 2.24.

Debate ensued.

On the motion of Senator Marshall the debate was adjourned till the next day of sitting.