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Wednesday, 31 August 2016
Page: 241

Senator CONROY (VictoriaDeputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate) (15:41): I give notice that, on the next sitting day, I shall move:

That the following matters be referred to the Committee of Privileges for inquiry and report:

In relation to the execution of search warrants by the Australian Federal Police on the Melbourne office of Senator Conroy and the home of an opposition staff member on 19-20 May 2016 and on the Department of Parliamentary Services at Parliament House, Canberra, on 24 August 2016 or subsequent actions allegedly undertaken by the AFP and NBN Co Limited, as specified in Senator Conroy's letter to the President of the Senate of 30 August 2016 raising a matter of privilege:

(a) whether there was any improper interference or attempted improper interference with the free performance by Senator Conroy of his duties as a senator;

(b) whether disciplinary or other adverse action was taken against any person in connection with the alleged provision of information to Senator Conroy; and

(c) if so, whether any contempts were committed in respect of those matters.