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PROPOSED MATTER OF PRIVILEGE--STATEMENT BY PRESIDENT

The President made a statement relating to a proposed matter of

privilege raised by the Deputy Chairman of the Joint Committee on the

National Crime Authority (Senator Vanstone), concerning alleged

unauthorised disclosures and false and misleading accounts of the

committee's proceedings by the Chairman of the committee (Mr Cleeland).

The President informed the Senate that, pursuant to the procedures

provided by standing order 81 and resolutions of the Senate of 25

February 1988, he had determined that he should not give precedence to a

motion to refer the matter to the Committee of Privileges.

Documents: The President tabled the following documents:

Privileges--Standing Committee--Proposed reference--

Copies of extracts from:

the Sunday Age, 15 May 1994, p. 3, and 12 June 1994, p. 3;

the Courier-Mail, 13 June 1994, p. 3;

the Canberra Times, 13 June 1994, p. 3;

the Advertiser, 13 June 1994, p. 4; and

the Age, 13 June 1994, p. 3.

Letter from Senator Vanstone to the President of the Senate, dated

31 August 1994.

Senator Ian Macdonald, by leave, moved--That the Senate take note of the

statement.

Debate ensued.

Question put and passed.