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STANDING COMMITTEE ON RURAL AND REGIONAL AFFAIRS AND TRANSPORT
11/09/2008
Carbon sink forests
STANDING COMMITTEE ON RURAL AND REGIONAL AFFAIRS AND TRANSPORT
Senate committee
Thursday, 11 September 2008
Carbon sink forests
Final

CHAIR (Senator Sterle) —I declare open this public hearing of the Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport. The committee is hearing evidence on the committee’s inquiry into the implementation, operation and administration of the legislation underpinning carbon sink forests. I welcome you all here today. This is a public hearing and a Hansard transcript of the proceedings is being made.

Before the committee starts taking evidence, 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.

The committee prefers all evidence to be given in public but, under the Senate’s resolutions, witnesses have the right to request to be heard in private session. It is important that witnesses give the committee notice if they intend to ask to give evidence in camera. 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. Such a request may of course also be made at any other time.

Finally, on behalf of the committee, I would like to thank all those who have made submissions and sent representatives here today for their full cooperation in this inquiry.

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