In November 2018, the President of the Senate, Senator the Honourable
Scott Ryan, received a submission from Mr Ben Davies seeking redress under the
resolution of the Senate of 25 February 1988 relating to the protection of
persons referred to in the Senate (Privilege Resolution 5).
The submission referred to comments made about him in the Senate by
Senator Watt on 13 November 2018. The President accepted the submission and
referred it to the Committee of Privileges.
The committee met and, pursuant to paragraph (3) of Privilege Resolution
5, decided to consider the submission. The terms of the response, which the
committee now recommends for incorporation in Hansard, have been agreed
to by Mr Davies and the committee in accordance with Resolution 5(7)(b). In his
reply Mr Davies included reference to comments made by Senator Cameron on 12
and 14 February 2019 and Senator Wong on 13 February 2019 relating to the same
The committee draws attention to paragraph 5(6) of the resolution which
requires that, in considering a submission under this resolution and reporting
to the Senate, the committee shall not consider or judge the truth of any
statements made in the Senate or in the submission.
The committee recommends:
That a response prepared by Mr Ben Davies
in the terms specified at Appendix 1, be incorporated in Hansard.
Senator Deborah O'Neill
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