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ENVIRONMENT AND COMMUNICATIONS LEGISLATION COMMITTEE
13/04/2011
Product Stewardship Bill 2011
ENVIRONMENT AND COMMUNICATIONS LEGISLATION COMMITTEE
Senate committee
Wednesday, 13 April 2011
Product Stewardship Bill 2011
Final

CHAIR (Senator Cameron) —I declare open this public hearing of the Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee in relation to its inquiry into the Product Stewardship Bill 2011. The committee’s proceedings today will follow the program as circulated. These are public proceedings. 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 it is unlawful for anyone to threaten or disadvantage a witness on account of evidence given to a committee Any such action may be treated by the Senate as a contempt. It is also a contempt to give false or misleading evidence to the committee. If a witness objects to answering a question, the witness should state the ground upon which the objection is to be taken, and the committee will determine whether it will insist on an answer, having regard to the ground on which it is claimed. If the committee determines to insist on an answer, a witness may request that the answer be given in camera. Such a request may, of course, also be made at any other time.

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