Privilege speech
Parliamentary privilege (also absolute privilege) is a legal immunity enjoyed by members of certain legislatures, in which legislators are granted protection against civil or criminal liability for actions done or statements made in the course of their legislative duties. It is common in countries whose constitutions are based on the Westminster system. A similar mechanism is known as parliamentary immunity.
In the United Kingdom, it allows members of the House of Lords and House of Commons to speak freely during ordinary parliamentary proceedings without fear of legal action on the grounds of slander, contempt of court or breaching the Official Secrets Act. It also means that members of Parliament cannot be arrested on civil matters for statements made or acts undertaken as an MP within the grounds of the Palace of Westminster, on the condition that such statements or acts occur as part of a proceeding in Parliament—for example, as a question to the Prime Minister in the House of Commons. This allows Members to raise questions or debate issues which could slander an individual, interfere with an ongoing court case or threaten to reveal state secrets, such as in the Zircon affair or several cases involving the Labour MP Tam Dalyell.
There is no immunity from arrest on criminal grounds, nor does the civil privilege entirely extend to the devolved administrations in Scotland or Wales. A consequence of the privilege of free speech is that legislators in Westminster systems are forbidden by conventions of their House from uttering certain words, or implying that another member is lying. (See unparliamentary language.)
The rights and privileges of members are overseen by the powerful Committee on Standards and Privileges. If a member of the House is in breach of the rules then he/she can be suspended or even expelled from the House. Such past breaches have included giving false evidence before a committee of the House and the taking of bribes by members.
Similar rights apply in other Westminster system countries such as Canada and Australia. In the United States, the Speech or Debate Clause in Article One of the United States Constitution provides for a similar privilege, and many state constitutions provide similar clauses for their state legislatures.
Parliamentary privilege is controversial because of its potential for abuse; a member can use privilege to make damaging allegations that would ordinarily be discouraged by defamation laws, without first determining whether those allegations have a strong foundation. A member could, even more seriously, undermine national security and/or the safety of an ongoing military or covert operation or undermine relations with a foreign state by releasing sensitive military or diplomatic information.

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Parliamentary privilege - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A consequence of the privilege of free speech is that legislators in Westminster systems are forbidden by conventions of their House from uttering certain words, ...
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Cayetano blasts Enrile, aide in privilege speech | ABS-CBN News
Jan 23, 2013 ... The word war between Senate Minority leader Alan Peter Cayetano and Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile turned for the worse on ...
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Privilege Speech of Enrile | ABS-CBN News
Jan 21, 2013 ... Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile moved to vacate his post, but his colleagues rejected the plan.
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Enrile's resignation speech: I refuse to let any senator drag my name ...
5 days ago ... In a Privilege speech Wednesday, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile announced his resignation as head of the chamber as a matter of ...
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raissa robles | Senator Alan Peter Cayetano privilege speech text
Newbie senator dresses down his Senate chief in a Privilege speech. January 24 , 2013. By Raïssa Robles By tradition, a first-term senator is supposed to keep a ...
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What's correct: "privileged speech" or "privilege speech"? - Jose ...
In both Manila Times and Malaya, the reporters called their exposes and counter- exposes "Privilege speech." Shouldn't it be "privileged ...
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Term of Office and Privileges - Senate of the Philippines
: Personal and Collective. A question of privilege consists of a question affecting the rights of the Senate collectively ...
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Privileged Speech is not Defamatory Speech, but Privilege Can Be ...
Feb 18, 2012 ... Some callers to my office, wanting to sue for defamation because someone said terrible, false and hurtful things about them, are disappointed ...
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Reasons why Enrile resigns as Senate President | Privilege speech ...
4 days ago... 15th Congress. JPE main reason of resignation is to protect his honor and dignity. Here's the video of Enrile's Privilege speech, June 5, 2013.
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PRIVILEGE SPEECH - BATO-BATO SA LANGIT AND TAMAAN SA ...
Vladimir Ramon B. Frivaldo wrote a note titled Privilege speech - BATO- BATO SA LANGIT AND TAMAAN SA ULO AY BU-NGAW. Read the full text here.
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Michael Kent Curtis, 2000
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Hate Speech and Freedom of Speech in Australia
Hate Speech and Freedom of Speech in Australia
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Philip Doddridge, 1832
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Privilege speech
Dueling Speech or Debate Privileges in the Renzi Case « Point of Order
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Reasons why Enrile resigns as Senate President | Privilege speech video | TheSummitExpress
Manila, Philippines - Juan Ponce Enrile, the Senate President for more than four years officially resigned on his post today, June 5 during the last day of the 15th Congress. JPE main reason of resignation is to protect his honor and dignity. Here's the video of Enrile's Privilege speech, June 5, 2013.
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Obama’s Cynical Privileged Morehouse College Speech | FrontPage Magazine
The graduate of Columbia, Occidental College and Harvard declaring himself an Honorary Morehouse Man is already a cynical joke. Obama never would have gone to Morehouse.
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New Philippine Revolution: A privilege speech of RP's veteran of political wars
Today is supposed to be the day when a grizzled veteran of political wars is supposed to give his valedictory speech and pave the way for his successor to assume power. At eighty plus years old, you would think that all he ever thinks about is preparing himself for the inevitable.
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Defamation Act 2013: A boost for free speech, Part 2: Public Interest and Privilege – Timothy Pinto | Inforrm's Blog
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Defamation Act 2013: A boost for free speech, Part 2: Public Interest and Privilege – Timothy Pinto | David Hencke
Reblogged from Inforrm's Blog: In this second part of four posts by Timothy Pinto of Taylor Wessing, he considers the changes to common law and statutory privilege which will result from the Defamation Act 2013. Part 1 on "Serious Harm, Truth and Honest Opinion" can be found here. Read more… 1,616 more words This is…
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Resignation speech of Senate President Enrile
The Privilege speech delivered by Enrile on Wednesday, June 5, the last session day of the Senate, before he resigned the Senate presidency
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Queen's Speech role 'a privilege' for MP (From Kidderminster Shuttle)
HARTLEBURY’S MP used the words of Bewdley-born former Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin to close his address to Parliament after moving the Queen’s Speech.
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GMA News: Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile delivers a privilege speech on Wednesday, Jun… | Philippine News Central
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Privilege Speech of Senator Lorenzo Sumulong on Philippines' North Borneo (Sabah) Claim - SATU SABAH
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