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Thursday, 29 October 2009
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Senator BRANDIS (3:28 PM) —I present the 140th report of the Senate Standing Committee of Privileges, entitled Persons referred to in the Senate: Mr Richard Stanton.

Ordered that the report be printed.


Senator BRANDIS —by leave—I move:

That the report be adopted.

This report is the 57th in a series of reports recommending that a right of reply be afforded to persons who claim to have been adversely affected by being referred to, either by name or in such a way as to be readily identified, in the Senate.

On 8 October 2009, the President received a submission from Mr Richard Stanton relating to comments made by Senator Milne in the Senate on 10 September 2009 during debate on the Tax Laws Amendment (2009 Measures No.4) Bill 2009. The President referred it to the Privileges Committee, which considered the submission on 22 October 2009. The committee recommends that the proposed response be incorporated in Hansard.

The committee reminds the Senate that in matters of this nature it does not judge the truth or otherwise of statements made by honourable senators or the persons referred to. Rather, it ensures that these persons’ submissions, and ultimately the responses they recommend, accord with the criteria set out in privilege resolution 5. I commend the motion to the Senate.

The response read as follows—

Appendix One

Response by Mr Richard Stanton

Pursuant to Resolution 5(7)(b) of the Senate of 25 February 1988

In accordance with Standing Order of the Senate 5(1) I wish to claim that I have been adversely affected in reputation as a result of being referred to by name in the Senate on 10th September 2009.

Senator Milne made reference to myself and others and repeated views expressed by Dr Judith Adjani in a submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services Inquiry into Agribusiness Managed Investment Schemes. Senator Milne implied that I have engaged in inappropriate, unprofessional or even corrupt activity or have somehow misused my position in some way.

I reject any such implication and request that the Senate take the appropriate action to correct the record.

I have worked in the forestry sector for some 20 years. I have always worked with the broad objective of furthering the interests of Australian forestry and the forest products industry to the benefit of the Australian environment, economy and the well being of those who depend on the forests and the industry. I have never in anyway concealed the nature of my employment, my role or my objectives. I have behaved appropriately and professionally in my role as a public servant (from 1990-1998 with the Forestry Commission of NSW) and as an industry association executive (from 1998 to the present).

I hold a Bachelor of Science (Forestry) Honours degree from the Australian National University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Technology Sydney. 

My background is in forestry, wood products and paper industry policy.   I have substantial industry association experience with A3P - the Australian Plantation Products and Paper Industry Council (2004-present), the Australian Paper Industry Council (2003-2004), the Plantation Timber Association of Australia (2001-2003), the National Association of Forest Industries (1998-2001) and as the National Coordinator for the Plantations 2020 Vision (1997-1998).

I have also worked in a number of policy development roles with the Commonwealth and NSW Governments including: Executive Officer to the Managing Director State Forests of NSW (1994-1996), policy officer with the Forests Division, Commonwealth Department of Primary Industries and Energy (1997) and Research Officer and Community Liaison Forester with the Forestry Commission of NSW (1990-1994).

Question agreed to.