Odgers' Australian Senate Practice Thirteenth Edition

Chapter 17 - Witnesses

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Evidence given elsewhere by senators or officers

Senators or officers of the Senate may not give evidence before any other body in respect of proceedings of the Senate or its committees without the permission of the Senate, or, if the President is authorised by the Senate to give permission, of the President.[80] The rationale of this rule is that the Senate should know of any evidence given elsewhere in relation to its proceedings so that it may ensure that such evidence is not given contrary to the law relating to the protection of parliamentary proceedings from question in other bodies.[81]


80. SO 183.
81. For precedent, see 27/6/1996, J.423.

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