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Thursday, 28 June 2018
Page: 4288

Senator PATRICK (South Australia) (11:26): Maybe if we take the money part out of it: a foreign entity seeks to influence a member—if you simply want to take these on notice for the next bill, I'm happy for that to occur. If someone were to come and talk to me very privately and they were from a foreign government, as happens from time to time—we have ambassadors visit us and so forth—and they were to, in some way, seek to influence my vote in this parliament, I presume that would be covered by privilege in the context that people have a right to discuss their views with a politician? I'm really going to the situation where it's perhaps one step removed, where they're seeking to influence a party outside of the parliament who will bring that influenced position into the parliament.