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PRIVILEGES--STANDING COMMITTEE--STATEMENT BY PRESIDENT--PROPOSED
REFERENCE

The President informed the Senate that the Joint Committee on the

National Crime Authority had raised a matter of privilege relating to

the unauthorised disclosure of a submission to the committee and,

pursuant to the procedures provided by standing order 81 and resolutions

of the Senate of 25 February 1988, he had determined that a motion

relating to the matter may have precedence of all other business on the

day for which the notice is given.

Document: The President tabled the following document:

Privileges--Standing Committee--Reference--Copy of letter from the

Deputy Chairman of the Joint Committee on the National Crime Authority

(Senator Vanstone) to the President of the Senate, dated 1 March 1994.

Senator Vanstone gave a notice of motion as follows: To move on the next

day of sitting--That the following matter be referred to the Committee

of Privileges:

Whether there was an unauthorised disclosure of a submission to the

Joint Committee on the National Crime Authority, and, if so, whether a

contempt was committed by the disclosure, and whether there is any

remedy for that disclosure.