Exercise of freedom of speech
- The Senate considers that, in speaking in the Senate or in a committee, senators should take the following matters into account:
- the need to exercise their valuable right of freedom of speech in a responsible manner;
- the damage that may be done by allegations made in Parliament to those who are the subject of such allegations and to the standing of Parliament;
- the limited opportunities for persons other than members of Parliament to respond to allegations made in Parliament;
- the need for senators, while fearlessly performing their duties, to have regard to the rights of others; and
- the desirability of ensuring that statements reflecting adversely on persons are soundly based.
- The President, whenever the President considers that it is desirable to do so, may draw the attention of the Senate to the spirit and the letter of this resolution.