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Wednesday, 22 March 1972
Page: 802

Senator CAVANAGH (South Australia) - I would like to mention a matter during the consideration of this item. I am relying on a very poor memory, because what happened took place a long time ago. The matter arose out of a question asked by Senator Marriott in the Senate chamber. The Committee was in agreement that there should be power to publish this document. But then the question was raised of whether some law would affect privilege, whether privilege would exist or whether the publication could be libellous, defamatory or anything else by the President making a publication that was not a presentation of the House. If this question, which is essentially a legal one, can be resolved I think the whole position of this clause is itself resolved. It is only a question on the basis of law as to what are the powers involved.

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