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ATTORNEY- GENERAL AND

M IN ISTER FOR JUSTICE

Th e H o n . D ar yl W illiam s a m q c m p

30M ay 1997 276

O P PO SIT IO N L E A D E R D E FIE S B E L IE F

A boriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

C iting earlier advice on another m atter from the C hief G eneral C ounsel o f the A ttorney-G eneral’s D epartm ent, M r H enry B urm ester, M r B eazley said that any apology in the Parliam ent could not be cited in subsequent legal proceedings. T herefore M r B eazley argues that any apology m ade in the P arliam ent can have no

legal consequences.

I am pleased that M r B eazley has now developed a better understanding o f the Parliam entary Privileges A ct than he and his colleagues appeared to have w hen last dealing w ith its provisions.

It is correct that if subsequent court proceedings take place such a Parliam entary statem ent could not be cited. B ut it defies belief that M r B eazley w ould claim that the G overnm ent could argue in C ourt a position contrary to that w hich it had form ally stated in the Parliam ent.

W hat M r B eazley is saying, in effect, is that a G overnm ent can say one thing in Parliam ent and can say another thing in Court.

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