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Friday, 19 October 1984
Page: 2085

Senator TATE(3.34) —Mr Deputy President, I seek leave to present two documents relating to the power of the Senate or its committees to meet after a dissolution of the House of Representatives or a prorogation of the Parliament and a publication of a committee report when the Senate is not sitting.

Leave granted.

Senator TATE —I present the following documents: First, an opinion dated 9 October 1984 of the Solicitor-General, Dr Gavan Griffith, and, secondly, a paper dated 18 October 1984 by the Clerk-Assistant (Committees), Mr Harry Evans. Attached to the documents is a brief summary of each. I present these papers because of the current interest on the part of honourable senators in these matters. Each of the opinions, although by differing and sometimes contradictory routes, supports the conclusion that the Senate Committee on Allegations Concerning a Judge may meet after the dissolution of the House of Representatives, expected on 26 October, and that the publication of its report after that date, if done in accordance with the resolution appointing the Committee, would be absolutely privileged.