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Resolutions Expressing Opinions of the Senate: 28 Detention of senators



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RESOLUTIONS EXPRESSING OPINIONS OF THE SENATE

Privilege

28 Detention of senators

The Senate, having considered the Fifth Report of the Committee of Privileges, resolves that -

(1) It is the right of the Senate to receive notification of the detention of its members.

(2) Should a senator for any reason be held in custody pursuant to the order or judgment of any court, other than a court martial, the court ought to notify the President of the Senate, in writing, of the fact and the cause of the senator’s being placed in custody.

(3) Should a senator be ordered to be held in custody by any court martial or officer of the Defence Force, the President of the Senate ought to be notified by His Excellency the Governor-General of the fact and the cause of the senator’s being placed in custody.

(4) The Presiding Officers of the Parliament should confer with the Presiding Officers of the Parliaments of the states, and the Attorney-General should confer with the Attorneys-General of the states, upon the action to be taken to secure compliance with the foregoing resolutions.

(5) The terms of these resolutions be communicated to Presiding Officers of the Parliaments of the states and the Attorneys-General of the states.

(26 February 1980 J.1153)