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Friday, 10 May 1985
Page: 1763


Senator CHANEY (Leader of the Opposition) —by leave-I give notice that, on Thursday next, I shall move:

(1) That a Standing Committee, to be known as the Selection Committee on Bills, be appointed to consider all Bills introduced into the Senate or received from the House of Representatives, except Bills which contain no provisions other than provisions appropriating revenue or moneys, and to report-

(a) in respect of each such Bill, whether the Bill should be referred to a Legislative and General Purpose Standing Committee; and

(b) in respect of each Bill recommended for referral to a Standing Committee-

(i) the Standing Committee to which the Bill should be referred,

(ii) the stage in the consideration of the Bill at which it should be referred to the Standing Committee, and

(iii) the day which should be fixed for the Standing Committee to report on the Bill.

(2) That the following provisions apply to the Committee:

(a) the Committee consist of the Government Whip, the Deputy Government Whip, the Opposition Whip, the Australian Democrat Whip and one Senator nominated by the Chairman of the Legislative and General Purpose Standing Committees;

(b) the quorum of the Committee be three members;

(c) the Chairman of the Committee be the Government Whip, and the Deputy-Chairman be the Deputy Government Whip; and

(d) in the event of an equality of voting, the Chairman, or the Deputy-Chairman when acting as Chairman, have a casting vote.

(3) That, where the Committee reports on any sitting day, the report be presented after the presentation of papers by Ministers pursuant to Sessional Order.

(4) That, following the presentation of a report by the Committee, the Chairman of the Committee, or a member of the Committee on behalf of the Chairman, may move without notice a motion, in accordance with a recommendation of the Committee, that a Bill, at the conclusion of any stage of the consideration of the Bill, stand referred to a Standing Committee.

(5) That, following the disposal of any motions moved in accordance with paragraph (4), a Senator may move without notice a motion to refer to a Standing Committee any Bill of the kind referred to in paragraph (1) which is not the subject of a motion moved pursuant to paragraph (4).

(6) That a motion moved pursuant to paragraph (4) or (5) shall specify-

(a) the Standing Committee to which the Bill is to be referred;

(b) the stage in the consideration of the Bill at which it is to be referred to the Committee; and

(c) the day on which the Committee is to report.

(7) That upon a motion moved pursuant to paragraph (4) or (5), no Senator shall speak for more than 5 minutes, and at the expiration of 30 minutes, if the debate be not sooner concluded, the President shall put the question on the motion and any amendments before the Chair.

(8) That where a motion moved pursuant to paragraph (4) or (5) is agreed to, at the conclusion of the stage of the consideration of the Bill referred to in that motion, the Bill shall stand referred to the Standing Committee referred to in the motion, and the further consideration of the Bill shall be an order of the day for the day fixed for the presentation of the report of the Standing Committee.

(9) That in considering a Bill referred to it pursuant to this order, a Standing Committee shall have no power to make amendments to the Bill or requests for amendments, but may recommend amendments or requests for amendments which would be in order if proposed in a Committee of the Whole.

(10) That a report from a Standing Committee relating to a Bill referred to it under this order shall be received by the Senate without debate, and consideration of the report deferred until the order of the day relating to the Bill is called on.

(11) That when the order of the day relating to a Bill which is the subject of a Standing Committee report pursuant to this order is called on, the following procedures shall apply-

(a) a motion may be moved without notice that the report of the Standing Committee be adopted;

(b) if a motion under sub-paragraph (a) is moved, following the disposal of that motion a motion may be moved by a Minister, or, in respect of a Bill introduced into either House of the Parliament other than by a Minister, by the Senator in charge of the Bill, that consideration of the Bill be an order of the day for a future day, or that the Bill not be further proceeded with;

(c) if no motion under sub-paragraph (a) or (b) is agreed to, a motion may be moved without notice that the Bill again be referred to the Standing Committee for reconsideration, provided that such motion-

(i) indicates the matters which the Standing Committee is to reconsider, and

(ii) fixes the day for the further report of the Standing Committee,

and if such motion is agreed to the Bill shall stand referred to the Standing Committee, and the further consideration of the Bill shall be an order of the day for the day fixed for the presentation of the further report of the Standing Committee; and

(d) if no motion under sub-paragraph (b) or (c) is agreed to, consideration of the Bill shall be resumed at the stage at which it was referred to the Standing Committee, provided that, if the consideration of the Bill in Committee of the Whole has been concluded and the Standing Committee has recommended amendments to the Bill or requests for amendments, the Bill shall again be considered in committee of the whole.

(12) That the foregoing provisions of this resolution, so far as they are inconsistent with the Standing and Sessional Orders, have effect notwithstanding anything contained in the Standing and Sessional Orders, but without limiting the operation of Standing Orders 36AA and 196A.