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PARLIAMENTARY PRIVILEGES ACT 1987 - SECT 3

Interpretation

             (1)  In this Act, unless the contrary intention appears:

"committee" means:

                     (a)  a committee of a House or of both Houses, including a committee of a whole House and a committee established by an Act; or

                     (b)  a sub-committee of a committee referred to in paragraph (a).

"court" means a federal court or a court of a State or Territory.

"document" includes a part of a document.

"House" means a House of the Parliament.

"member" means a member of a House.

"tribunal" means any person or body (other than a House, a committee or a court) having power to examine witnesses on oath, including a Royal Commission or other commission of inquiry of the Commonwealth or of a State or Territory having that power.

             (2)  For the purposes of this Act, the submission of a written statement by a person to a House or a committee shall, if so ordered by the House or the committee, be deemed to be the giving of evidence in accordance with that statement by that person before that House or committee.

             (3)  In this Act, a reference to an offence against a House is a reference to a breach of the privileges or immunities, or a contempt, of a House or of the members or committees.



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