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Thursday, 28 June 2018
Page: 4289

Senator PATRICK (South Australia) (11:29): Just to be clear, I'm not necessarily referring to a party official but a politician who is a member of a party. A party official may not normally attract privilege in all circumstances. Perhaps I get approached by a foreign entity who talks to me and convinces me of a particular position. I go and talk to my colleague, Senator Griff, and manage to influence him to vote in a particular way, so it's not direct in some sense—it's me then influencing my colleague. My colleague is completely unaware I've spoken to the foreign entity. I am just trying to simply see where the line is drawn between privilege and activities that might take place outside the parliament in a party context, not in a parliamentary context.