Odgers' Australian Senate Practice Thirteenth Edition

Chapter 2 - Parliamentary Privilege: immunities and powers of the Senate

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The term "parliamentary privilege" refers to two significant aspects of the law relating to Parliament, the privileges or immunities of the Houses of the Parliament and the powers of the Houses to protect the integrity of their processes. These immunities and powers are very extensive. They are deeply ingrained in the history of free institutions, which could not have survived without them.

Parliamentary privilege and the Senate

Constitutional basis

Privileges: immunities

Relationship between immunities and powers

Immunities and powers part of ordinary law

Executive privilege

Immunities of the Houses

Powers of the Houses

Statutory definition of contempt

Procedural matters

Parliamentary precincts