Conduct of the Honourable Franca Arena MLC (Inquiry)

This inquiry is a completed Legislative Council inquiry conducted by the Privileges (LC) Committee.   The terms of reference for this inquiry are contained in the resolution of the Legislative Council, passed on Wednesday 12 November 1997

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Referred: 12 Nov 97
        » Final Report Published: 29 Jun 98

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Minutes No. 15, Wednesday 12 November 1997, Entry No. 16


The terms of reference for this inquiry are contained in the following resolution of the Legislative Council, passed on Wednesday 12 November 1997:

1. That the following matters be referred to the Standing Committee on Parliamentary Privilege and Ethics for inquiry and report:
      (a) the statements made by Mrs Arena in the Legislative Council on 17 September 1997 concerning the alleged suppression of names of individuals allegedly being investigated by the Royal Commission into the NSW Police Service; and
      (b) the Report and Confidential Supplement of the Special Commission of Inquiry conducted by the Honourable John Nader QC concerning the claims by Mrs Arena.

2. That the Committee investigate and report on what sanctions should be enforced in relation to Mrs Arena’s conduct in this matter.

3. That the resolution of the House of 21 October 1997, ordering the Commissioner of Police to report to this House as soon as practicable his assessment of the documents tabled by Mrs Arena on 21 October 1997, be varied to provide that:
      (a) in conjunction with the assessment of the tabled documents, the Commissioner of Police is to examine any documents which are relevant to the documents tabled by Mrs Arena contained within former Special Branch files in his custody;
      (b) the Commissioner is to lodge the report of his assessment of all these documents with the Clerk of the House as soon as is practicable; and
      (c) the Clerk is to refer the Commissioner’s report to the Standing Committee on Parliamentary Privilege and Ethics for consideration as part of its inquiry into the conduct of Mrs Arena.

4. That, following the referral of the Commissioner’s report to the Committee, and according to the resolution of the House of 21 October 1997, the Clerk of the House is authorised to permit members of the Standing Committee on Parliamentary Privilege and Ethics to inspect the documents tabled by Mrs Arena on 21 October 1997.

5. That leave be given to Members of the Legislative Council to appear and give evidence to the Committee in relation to the inquiry.

(Minutes No. 15, Wednesday 12 November 1997, Entry No. 16)