History and purpose of the committee
On 20 March 2007 the Standing Committee on Estimates and Financial Operations tabled a Special Report in the Legislative Council referring the following matters to the House for its consideration:
1. A possible breach of parliamentary privilege in relation to alleged disclosures of deliberations of the Committee; and
2. A request made by the Corruption and Crime Commission of Western Australia for access to Committee records, Members and staff.
On 21 March 2007 the President of the Legislative Council ruled pursuant to Standing Order 155 that the matters contained in the Special Report of the Standing Committee of Estimates and Financial Operations was a matter that affected the privileges of the Legislative Council under the Parliamentary Privileges Act 1891.
This select committee of privilege was established on 21 March 2007 to investigate whether an unauthorised disclosure of the deliberations of the Standing Committee on Estimates and Financial Operations with respect to a proposed inquiry into the State's iron ore industry did occur.
The issue of requests by the Corruption and Crime Commission of Western Australia for access to the documents, Members and staff of parliamentary committees was referred to the Procedure and Privileges Committee of the Legislative Council on 21 March 2007.
This Committee was granted extensions of time to report from Tuesday, 2 May 2007 to Thursday, 15 November 2007.