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Thursday, 9 December 1976
Page: 3647

Mr WENTWORTH (Mackellar) -I rise on a question of privilege. The House will recall that, this morning, a certain petition was presented to it asking that reports of some of its debates be made available in certain court proceedings. I now move:

That the House, having considered the petition presented this day, 9 December, by Danny Sankey regarding the making available in court proceedings of reports of its debates, r" ves permission for the Hansard report of its proceedings on July 197S to be adduced in evidence as desired by the petitioner and for the necessary arrangements to be made for its verification in court.

I so move knowing that quite important matters are in question. There is precedent for this action both in the House of Commons and in this House. So far as the House of Commons is concerned, I refer this House to proceedings on 9 December 1975 where the House of Commons, on petition, ordered that leave be given to the proper officers of the House to attend the trial of a said action and to produce said minutes of evidence and reports of debates and that leave be given for reference to be made to the said minutes and reports. In this House a similar motion was passed, I think, in regard to a matter raised by Mr Daly, who was then the honourable member for Grayndler. This was on 7 May 1 963. The precedents are not numerous but there are some other precedents for this action. I think the position is established that it is right to give this permission provided that the circumstances warrant it. It is a matter, I believe, for the proper discretion ofthe House. There is a reason -

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