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Tuesday, 10 December 2002
Page: 7565

Senator ROBERT RAY (4:08 PM) —I present the 110th report of the Committee of Privileges, relating to persons referred to in the Senate.

Ordered that the report be printed.

Senator ROBERT RAY —I seek leave to move a motion relating to the report.

Leave granted.

Senator ROBERT RAY —I move:

That the report be adopted.

This is the 41st in a series of reports recommending that a right of reply be accorded to persons who claim to be adversely affected by being referred to, either by name or in such a way as to be readily identifiable, in the Senate.

On 15 November 2002, the President of the Senate received submissions from Dr Geoffrey Vaughan and Dr Peter Jonson concerning a matter raised by Senator Boswell in the Senate on 12 November 2002. The President referred the submissions to the Committee of Privileges under resolution 5. Subsequently, on 20 November, he referred a further letter from Dr Geoffrey Vaughan as a submission to the committee. Finally, on 2 December 2002, the President forwarded to the committee a submission by Professor Brian Anderson.

The committee considered the submissions at its meeting on 5 December and recommends that the responses in the terms included in the report I have just tabled be incorporated in Hansard.

The committee always reminds the Senate that, in matters of this nature, it does not judge the truth or otherwise of the statements made by honourable senators or persons who seek redress. I commend the report to the Senate.