Role of the Committee
Section 18 of the standing orders provides -
(1) A Committee of Privileges, consisting of 7 senators, shall be appointed at the commencement of each Parliament to inquire into and report upon matters of privilege referred to it by the Senate.
(2) The committee shall have power to send for persons and documents, to move from place to place and to sit during recess.
(3) The committee shall consist of 7 senators, 4 nominated by the Leader of the Government in the Senate and 3 nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate.
(4) The committee shall elect as its chair a member nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate.
For a list of Committee of Privileges references and report since 1966, including details of findings and recommendations see Appendix 3 of Odgers' Australian Senate Practice Tenth Edition.
Parliamentary Privileges Act 1987 (PDF 61KB)