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STANDING COMMITTEE ON ENVIRONMENT, COMMUNICATIONS AND THE ARTS LEGISLATION COMMITTEE
04/08/2009
Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (National Broadband Network Measures No. 1) Bill 2009
STANDING COMMITTEE ON ENVIRONMENT, COMMUNICATIONS AND THE ARTS LEGISLATION COMMITTEE
Senate committee
Tuesday, 4 August 2009
Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (National Broadband Network Measures No. 1) Bill 2009
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CHAIR (Senator McEwen) —I declare open this public hearing of the Senate Environment, Communications and the Arts Legislation Committee in relation to its inquiry into the Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (National Broadband Network Measures No. 1) Bill 2009. 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 grounds 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 which 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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