Crikey Clarifier

Dec 12, 2017

What is ‘parliamentary privilege’ and can I use it to slag off my enemies?

How does parliamentary privilege work? Is it really an infallible get-out-of-jail-free card?

Charlie Lewis — Journalist

Charlie Lewis

Journalist

Derryn Hinch

When Senator and Crikey contributor Derryn Hinch was elected to the Senate back in July of last year, the question on everyone's lips (including Crikey's Michael Bradley) was "what on earth will The Human Headline do with parliamentary privilege?".

Hinch had spent time in jail for habitually breaching suppression orders around sex offenders and paedophiles. So what was he going to do in a forum that took jail time out of the equation? You guessed it. Way more of the same. 

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