Senator Nick Xenophon
A Senate committee will consider complaints about Senator Nick Xenophon's use of privilege last week to name a priest accused of rape, reports The Advertiser.
Senate president John Hogg has received two letters about Senator Xenophon naming the priest, and it is also understood the letters include complaints about the use of privilege. The report said one of the letters is from the accused priest.
Civil libertarian Terry O'Gorman has also written to Senator Hogg urging an investigation into the naming of the priest, describing it as an abuse of privilege.
In a letter responding to the priest this week, Senator Xenophon says he acted in "good faith".
He has told The Advertiser he believed in a "thorough and fair process".
"As a member of the Senate I should be subject to the scrutiny of the Senate along with every other member," he said.
Senator Hogg can decide whether an inquiry should be established by the privileges committee.
The committee can also consider a request for a person who has been named in Parliament to have a right of reply, where their response is included in Hansard.
Senator Nick Xenophon faces scrutiny over naming priest in Parliament (AdelaideNow/The Advertiser)
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