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What is a Senate or Joint committee?
What happens at a committee hearing?
Where will the hearing take place?
Who will be called as a witness?
Are committee hearings public or confidential?
Will media be present?
Is there a dress code?
Why have I been asked to attend as part of a panel/round table of witnesses?
What if I have been invited to appear at a hearing but I do not want to give evidence?
I would like to give evidence but cannot attend in person. What other options do I have?
Can I bring someone else along to appear with me as a witness?
Can I have legal counsel accompany me to a hearing?
Can a friend or family member accompany me to a public hearing?
Can I listen to other people's evidence?
Can I make a presentation or show a video?
Can I give the committee additional information, for example documents, maps or photographs, to support my evidence?
What sort of questions will the committee ask me?
What if I can't answer a question?
What if I don't want to answer a question?
Can I give evidence confidentially?
If I make a mistake, can I correct it later?
How do I address committee members?
Who is on the committee?
Which committee members will be present?
Who else will be present at the hearing?
I have a disability. Will that be accommodated at the hearing?
English is not my first language. Can I use an interpreter?
What is parliamentary privilege?
If I criticise somebody, can I be sued for defamation?
I want to attend as a witness but somebody is trying to stop me doing so. What should I do?
Will I have to make an oath or affirmation?
Is there any extra guidance for public servants appearing as witnesses?
How do I get into Parliament House (Canberra)?
Where do I park my car at Parliament House (Canberra)?
What happens after the hearing?
Who should I talk to if I have a question?