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STANDING COMMITTEE ON ENVIRONMENT, COMMUNICATIONS, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND THE ARTS
01/06/2007
Communications Legislation Amendment (Content Services) Bill 2007
STANDING COMMITTEE ON ENVIRONMENT, COMMUNICATIONS, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND THE ARTS
Senate committee
Friday, 1 June 2007
Communications Legislation Amendment (Content Services) Bill 2007
Final

CHAIR (Senator Eggleston) —I declare open this public hearing of the Senate Standing Committee on the Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts in its inquiry into Communications Legislation Amendment (Content Services) Bill 2007. The committee’s proceedings today will follow the program as circulated.

These are public proceedings. The committee may also agree to a request to have evidence heard in camera or may determine that certain evidence should be heard in camera. I remind all witnesses that, in giving evidence to the committee, they are protected by parliamentary privilege. It is unlawful for anyone to threaten or disadvantage a witness on account of evidence given to a committee, and such action may be treated by the Senate as a contempt. It is also a contempt to give false or misleading evidence to the committee. If a witness objects to answering a question, the witness should state the ground upon which the objection is to be taken and the committee will determine whether it will insist on an answer, having regard to the ground on which it is claimed. If the committee determines to insist on an answer, a witness may request that the answer be given in camera. Such a request may, of course, also be made at any other time.

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