House debates

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Statement by the Speaker

Matter of Privilege

3:42 pm

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Yesterday the Manager of Opposition Business asked me a question in relation to a Senate committee of privileges report presented in the Senate on Tuesday. The Senate dealt with the privilege matter involving search warrants and a senator. Overnight, I have carefully considered the member's question to me and in particular paragraph 3.37 of the Senate report. Given the significance of the issues raised and the overlap of the Senate report with the matter of privilege concluded by this House late last year, I will be taking further time to consider the report and any aspects of relevance for this House. I also propose to take advice on the matter before determining my view. I will report back to the House in response to the Manager of Opposition Business's question during the budget sittings.