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PRIVILEGE—STATEMENT BY SPEAKER

The Speaker referred to the complaint of breach of privilege raised on 12 April 2000 by Ms J. S. McFarlane regarding an approach her office had received from an officer of the Australian Taxation Office concerning questions she had placed on notice.

The Speaker stated that he had had some discussions with the Member on her complaint and that the information available to him to this point was not such as to establish that priority should be given to a motion to refer the matter to the Committee of Privileges.

The Speaker concluded by stating that, with the Member's concurrence, he would seek more information from the Australian Taxation Office through the Treasurer.