Australian Institute of Administrative Law

AIAL Webinar: Parliamentary Privilege - a view from the Australian House of Representatives

23 Sep

Lunchtime Webinar

Parliamentary Privilege - a view from the Australian House of Representatives 


Presenter: Peter Banson


Chair: Claressa Surtees


Each of the 14 houses of parliament in Australia includes in its framework that uncommon creature that is parliamentary privilege. The incidence of privilege may vary as between the houses, depending on the detail of how and when it was bestowed and events since.

Under section 49 of the Australian Constitution, the Parliament of Australia, ‘inherited’ the powers, privileges, and immunities of the United Kingdom House of Commons, its members and committees, as at 9 May 1901. This inheritance included parliamentary privilege, that bundle of special rights and immunities which apply to the two Houses, their committees and their members and supports the proper operation of the Parliament.

In this lunchtime AIAL webinar, we will consider essential aspects of parliamentary privilege as it applies to the House of Representatives of the Parliament of Australia.

Peter Banson is Secretary to the Australian House of Representatives’ Committee of Privileges and Members’ Interests, and Clerk Assistant (Table) for the House of Representatives

Claressa Surtees is a Vice President of the AIAL, and Clerk of the House of Representatives

Date: Wednesday 23 September 2020

Time: 12.30 pm AEST

Teleconference via Zoom

The webinar is open to all members of the AIAL and to any interested members of the public. Admission is free, but registration is required. Except in WA, CLE/CPD points are available if this educational activity is relevant to your immediate or long term needs in relation to your professional development and practice of the law. Please contact your local law society for further details. Any WA practitioners attending should note this event is not currently covered by AIAL WA Chapter QA accreditation, although the WA Chapter is exploring options.

Please book via the TryBooking link below

Inquiries can be directed to the AIAL Secretariat on 02 6290 1505 or at


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