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

The Deputy President (Senator Reid) informed the Senate that the

President had received a letter from the Chair of the Select Committee

on the Dangers of Radioactive Waste (Senator Chapman) raising a matter

of privilege relating to the unauthorised disclosure of documents and

private deliberations of the committee 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.

Document: The Deputy President (Senator Reid) tabled the following

document:

Privileges--Standing Committee--Proposed reference--Letter from

Senator Chapman to the President of the Senate, dated 28 June 1995 and

attachments [2].

Notice of motion: Senator Chapman 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 the documents or

private deliberations of the Select Committee on the Dangers of

Radioactive Waste, and, if so, whether any contempt was committed by

that unauthorised disclosure.