Committee ProceduresPublished on 3 January 2012 Hansard and Statements by Senator Tommy Banks (retired)
Hon. Tommy Banks:
Honourable senators, my question is to the Leader of the Government in the Senate.
Minister, we have learned that over the past couple of weeks in the other place motions have been presented in a number of committees that contain a blanket provision that committee business will, as a matter of course, be done in secret, in camera, rather than dealing with that question on a case-by-case basis.
Since that has been introduced within a short space of time in a number of committees, I am presuming it is either a remarkable coincidence or something that is the policy of Conservative chairs of committees in the other place.
Can the minister tell us whether it is a policy that her government is in favour of and whether, to her knowledge, such a motion to conduct committee business in committees of the Senate as a matter of course in camera and in secret would be introduced here?