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Wednesday, 9 November 2016
Page: 2280


Senator BRANDIS (QueenslandAttorney-General, Vice-President of the Executive Council and Leader of the Government in the Senate) (11:28): I fear, Senator McKim, you may have committed an innocent and inadvertent contempt of the Senate, but I will not hold that against you, because no doubt it was an innocent mistake. So, here we are. I am being asked questions about a report I have not seen that, strictly speaking, theoretically does not yet exist as a public document—but I will do my best, nevertheless, senator. I think in this discussion we have identified the scope and nature of the problem presented here. Wherever possible, these issues are resolved so as to protect the liberty, rights, privileges and immunities of an accused person.