During hearings for this inquiry, a participating senator made a number
of unfounded and unsubstantiated allegations on the public record, reflecting
negatively on the conduct of the committee and its members. Since making these
allegations, that senator has refused to provide any evidence in support of the
claims made, nor has that senator withdrawn their comments. As a result, Government
senators withdrew their participation from the inquiry.
Senate committees should reflect the composition of the Senate. The
withdrawal of Government senators from this inquiry therefore calls into
serious question the adequacy of representation on the committee, and whilst
the committee continues to labour under the existence of serious allegations
their work and their findings will be subject to question.
1.3 The Government Senators have absolute confidence in the
conduct of all Senators participating in the enquiry with exception of the
Senator making the allegations.
Senator Barry O’Sullivan Senator
Deputy Chair Senator for Western Australia
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