61 Confidentiality


Confidential communications between a client of the PCO and the Chief Parliamentary Counsel (or between a client of the PCO and another counsel in the PCO) are subject to legal professional privilege, but nothing in this subsection limits or affects the Standing Orders of the House of Representatives.


In subsection (1), confidential communications includes (without limitation)—


drafting instructions received by the PCO and communications between any client of the PCO and any counsel in the PCO that relate to the subject matter of the instructions:


drafts of legislation prepared by or on behalf of the PCO.


In this section, client includes a Minister of the Crown, a member of Parliament, a government department, an instrument of the Crown, a judicial officer, and a promoter of a local or private Bill.

Compare: Legislative Standards Act 1992 (Qld) s 9A(2)