Greens senator Scott Ludlam is trying to have Snowden, a former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor, and WikiLeaks founder Assange called before a parliamentary committee to give evidence into what they might know about mass surveillance of Australian citizens.
It is thought that any successful attempts to have both men give evidence to the Senate’s Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee would occur via video link.
If that were to happen, Snowden and Mr Assange would not be protected by privilege as it only applies when witnesses are physically in Australia.
Senator Ludlam, who instigated the inquiry into the Telecommunications Act, told the ABC the committee’s deliberations on scheduling were “confidential” and would not confirm that Mr Assange and Snowden would be asked to appear.
But he said a finalised witness list would be available shortly.
The committee has not begun hearings but has extended the deadline for written submissions. It is due to report by June.