Monday, 19 December 2016

Records of the Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry - 19 December 2016

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The President of the Senate, Senator the Hon Stephen Parry, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Hon Tony Smith MP, have announced that they have made the Class B records of the Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry into the conduct of the Honourable Lionel Keith Murphy publicly available.

Under the Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry (Repeal) Act 1986, the Commission's records are divided into two classes. The Class B records contain material mostly relating to the meaning of section 72 of the Constitution, which concerns the dismissal of Justices of the High Court and other courts created by the Parliament on the ground of proved misbehavior.

The Class B records will be available from 2pm today on the Parliament of Australia website at:

The Class A records of the Commission contain material relating to the conduct of the Honorable Lionel Keith Murphy and are currently under review prior to a determination of whether the records will be made publicly available.

The Presiding Officers will make known their decision on the publication of the Class A records of the Commission in due course.

Contact: Mr David Elder, Clerk of the House, 02 6277 4111

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