The erudute Graeme Edgeler points out that Mallard and Little can be served while at parliament….it just requires the Speaker’s permission. Considering that Trevor Mallard has been a constant prat in parliament with silly points of order and his own poor behaviour I suggest that Speaker Smith may actually give permission.
But I am more interested in the claim than MPs cannot be served legal process in Parliament.
Mostly, because it simply isnâ€™t true. There is a limitation, but itâ€™s not nearly as extensive as Andrew Little appears to believe. Standing Order 407 lists as example of a contempt of Parliament:
(c) serving legal process or causing legal process to be served within the parliamentary precincts, without the authority of the House or the Speaker, on any day on which the House sits or a committee meets:
The House is currently in recess. And even when the House is sitting, or a committee is meeting, the Speaker can still give permission for service to be effected (he might, for example, allow it on a day when no committee that member is on is sitting, or on Tuesday morning before the House sits, and during which time select committeeâ€™s rarely meet).