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

The Deputy President (Senator Crichton-Browne) informed the Senate that

the President had received letters from the Chair of the Select

Committee on Unresolved Whistleblower Cases (Senator Murphy) and the

Chair of the former Select Committee on Public Interest Whistleblowing

(Senator Newman) raising a matter of privilege relating to an allegation

that false or misleading information was given to the former Select

Committee on Public Interest Whistleblowing and, pursuant to the

procedures provided by standing order 81 and resolutions of the Senate

of 25 February 1988, the President 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.

Documents: The Deputy President tabled the following documents:

Privileges--Standing Committee--Proposed Reference--Letters from--

Senator Murphy to the President of the Senate, dated 8 March 1995

and attachments [10].

Senator Newman to the President of the Senate, dated 8 March 1995

and attachments [4].

Notice of motion: Senator Murphy 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 false or misleading statements were made to the Select

Committee on Public Interest Whistleblowing, and, if so, whether any

contempt was committed in relation to those statements.