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4           Privileges—Standing Committee—Statement by President—Proposed reference

The President made a statement relating to a matter of privilege raised by Senator Patrick concerning the failure of the Commissioner of Taxation to comply with an order of the Senate requiring the production of documents related to JobKeeper payments ( see entry no. 18, 4 August 2021 ).

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 a motion relating to the matter may have precedence on the day for which the notice is given.

Document : The President tabled the following document:

Privileges—Standing Committee—Proposed reference—Letters from—

Senator Patrick to the President, dated 29 August 2021.

President to Senator Patrick, dated 31 August 2021.

Notice of motion : Senator Patrick gave a notice of motion as follows: To move on the first day in the next period of sittings—That the following matter be referred to the Standing Committee of Privileges for inquiry and report:

Having regard to the matters raised by Senator Patrick in correspondence tabled by the President on 1 September 2021:

(a)              whether the Commissioner of Taxation has, without reasonable excuse:

(i)                    disobeyed a lawful order of the Senate,

(ii)                  failed to produce documents in accordance with an order of the Senate, or

(iii)                improperly interfered with the power of the Senate to obtain information necessary to support its accountability functions; and

(b)              if so, whether any contempt was committed in that regard.

Statement by leave : Senator Patrick, by leave, made a statement relating to the matter.