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ECONOMICS LEGISLATION COMMITTEE - 20/05/2010 - Tax Laws Amendment (Research and Development) Bill 2010
Senate committee
Thursday, 20 May 2010
Tax Laws Amendment (Research and Development) Bill 2010

CHAIR (Senator Hurley) —I declare open this first hearing of the Senate Economics Legislation Committee’s inquiry into the Tax Laws Amendment (Research and Development) Bill 2010 and to the Income Tax Rates Amendment (Research and Development) Bill 2010. These are public proceedings, although the committee may agree to a request to have evidence heard in camera or may determine that certain evidence should be heard in camera.

I remind all witnesses that in giving evidence to the committee they are protected by parliamentary privilege. It is unlawful for anyone to threaten or disadvantage a witness on account of evidence given to a committee and such action may be treated by the Senate as a contempt. It is also a contempt to give false or misleading evidence to a committee.

If a witness objects to answering a question, the witness should state the ground upon which the objection is taken and the committee will determine whether it will insist on an answer, having regard to the ground which is claimed. If the committee determines to insist on an answer, a witness may request that the answer be given in camera.

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