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Tuesday, 11 August 2009
Page: 4421

Senator FIELDING (Leader of the Family First Party) (12:51 PM) —Mr President, I seek leave to make a short statement of three minutes.

The PRESIDENT —Leave is granted for three minutes.

Senator FIELDING —I take matters of privilege extremely seriously, and before the chamber tomorrow will be two incidents that I have referred through. One is on the OzCar inquiry and the other is on the Conroy laptop inquiry. Both these incidents have been in the public realm and do, I think, undermine the integrity of the Senate in the public’s mind, and both these issues need to be referred through to the Privileges Committee.

I think that for one side of politics to support only half of the recommendation would be wrong and would be seen to be playing politics. I think that both instances, the OzCar affair and the Conroy laptop affair, should be put through to the Privileges Committee. I will be interested to know tomorrow exactly what the outcome will be, but both those instances are worthy of going through the Senate Privileges Committee, because they go to the matter of integrity in the Senate.