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Wednesday, 21 August 1996
Page: 2837


Senator CHRIS EVANS(5.13 p.m.) —by leave—On behalf of Senator Ray and the Privileges Committee, I move:

That the Senate take note of the report.

This report of the committee describes its history, practice and procedure from its establishment in 1966 to the commencement of the present parliament. The body of the report encompasses a brief history of privilege generally from 1901 and gives a thematic outline and evaluation of the committee's activities.

The report is supplemented by a series of appendices, which consist of the Parliamentary Privileges Act 1987 and its explanatory memorandum; the Senate privilege resolutions of 25 February 1988, with explanatory statements; a list of chairs, deputy chairs and members of the committee; an analysis of the committee's work since its establishment, together with a summary of committee reports and Senate action on each, and an index to the reports. To give maximum access to information contained in the report, the committee has arranged for it to be placed on the Internet.

On behalf of the committee, I wish to pay special tribute to former Senator Baden Teague, who served as both chair and deputy chair of the committee and was a member of the committee from the passage of the Parliamentary Privileges Act 1987 until his retirement on 30 June 1996; and also to former Senator John Coates, who spent a year on the committee from 1984 to 1985 and rejoined the committee in 1987. Senator Coates remained with the committee until his retirement yesterday. The committee believes that this present report is a timely recognition of their contribution to its work.

In commending the report to the Senate, I wish particularly to acknowledge the committee's research officer, Barbara Allan, without whose diligence and research expertise the report would not be the comprehensive and historical document which has been tabled. I seek leave to continue my remarks later.

Leave granted; debate adjourned.