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RURAL AND REGIONAL AFFAIRS AND TRANSPORT REFERENCES COMMITTEE
22/07/2009
Investment of Commonwealth and state funds in public passenger transport
RURAL AND REGIONAL AFFAIRS AND TRANSPORT REFERENCES COMMITTEE
Senate committee
Wednesday, 22 July 2009
Investment of Commonwealth and state funds in public passenger transport
Final

CHAIR (Senator Nash) —I declare open this public hearing of the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee. The committee is hearing evidence on the inquiry into the investment of Commonwealth and state funds in public passenger transport infrastructure services. I welcome you all here today. This is a public hearing. 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. I remind people in the hearing room to ensure that their mobile phones are either turned off or switched to silent. Finally, on behalf of the committee I would like to thank all those who have made submissions and sent representatives here today for their cooperation in this inquiry. I indicate that Senator Ludlam is appearing via teleconference.

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