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STANDING COMMITTEE ON ENVIRONMENT, COMMUNICATIONS AND THE ARTS
17/11/2008
Commonwealth Radioactive Waste Management (Repeal and Consequential Amendment) Bill 2008
STANDING COMMITTEE ON ENVIRONMENT, COMMUNICATIONS AND THE ARTS
Senate committee
Monday, 17 November 2008
Commonwealth Radioactive Waste Management (Repeal and Consequential Amendment) Bill 2008
Final

CHAIR (Senator McEwen) —I declare open this public hearing of the Senate Standing Committee on Environment, Communications and the Arts in relation to its inquiry into the Commonwealth Radioactive Waste Management (Repeal and Consequential Amendment) Bill 2008. The committee’s proceedings today will follow the program as circulated.

These are public proceedings. The committee may also 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 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 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.

A witness called to answer a question for the first time should state their full name and the capacity in which they appear, and witnesses should speak clearly and into the microphone to assist Hansard to record proceedings. Mobile phones should be switched off.