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AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY-JOINT COMMITTEE FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND DEFENCE-JOINT COMMITTEENEW PARLIAMENT HOUSE-JOINT STANDING COMMITTEENATIONAL CRIME AUTHORITY-JOINT STATUTORY COMMITTEE- Messages from the House of Representatives

The following Messages from the House of Representatives were reported: MR PRESIDENT, Message No. 2 The House of Representatives transmits to the Senate the following Resolution which was agreed to by the House of Representatives this day, and requests that the Senate concur and take action accordingly: (1) That a joint committee be appointed to inquire into and report on- (a) all proposals for modification or variations of the plan of layout of the City of Canberra and its environs published in the Commonwealth of Australia Gazette on 19 November 1925, as previously modified or varied, which are referred to the committee by the Minister for Territories; and

(b) such matters relating to the Australian Capital Territory as may be referred to it by- (i) resolution of either House of the Parliament, or

(ii) the Minister for Territories.

(2) That the committee consist of 10 Members, 4 Members of the House of Representatives to be nominated by either the Prime Minister, the Leader of the House or the Government Whip, 1 Member of the House of Representatives to be nominated by either the Leader of the Opposition, the Deputy Leader of the Opposition or the Opposition Whip, 1 Member of the House of Representatives to be nominated by either the Leader of the National Party, the Deputy Leader of the National Party or the National Party Whip, 2 Senators to be nominated by the Leader of the Government in the Senate and 2 Senators to be nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate or by any minority group or groups or independent Senator or independent Senators.

(3) That every nomination of a member of the committee be forthwith notified in writing to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

(4) That the members of the committee hold office as a joint committee until the House of Representatives is dissolved or expires by effluxion of time.

(5) That the committee elect a Government member as its chairman.

(6) That the committee elect a deputy chairman who shall perform the duties of the chairman of the committee at any time when the chairman is not present at a meeting of the committee, and at any time when the chairman and deputy chairman are not present at a meeting of the committee, the members present shall elect another member to perform the duties of the chairman at that meeting.

(7) That 4 members of the committee constitute a quorum of the committee.

(8) That the committee have power to appoint sub-committees consisting of 3 or more of its members and to refer to such a sub-committee any matter which the committee is empowered to examine.

(9) That the committee appoint the chairman of each sub-committee who shall have a casting vote only, and at any time when the chairman of a sub-committee is not present at a meeting of the sub-committee, the members of the sub-committee present shall elect another member of that sub-committee to perform the duties of the chairman at that meeting.

(10) That the quorum of a sub-committee be a majority of the members of that sub-committee.

(11) That members of the committee who are not members of a sub-committee may participate in the proceedings of that sub-committee but shall not vote, move any motion or be counted for the purpose of a quorum.

(12) That the committee, or any sub-committee, have power to send for persons, papers and records.

(13) That the committee, or any sub-committee, have power to move from place to place.

(14) That a sub-committee have power to adjourn from time to time and to sit during any adjournment of the Senate or of the House of Representatives.

(15) That any sub-committee have power to authorise publication of any evidence given before it and any document presented to it.

(16) That the committee in its inquiries take account of the investigations of other parliamentary committees and avoid duplication.

(17) That the committee have leave to report from time to time.

(18) That the committee, or any sub-committee, have power to consider and make use of the evidence and records of the Joint Committees on the Australian Capital Territory appointed during previous Parliaments.

(19) That the foregoing provisions of this resolution, so far as they are inconsistent with the standing orders, have effect notwithstanding anything contained in the standing orders.

House of Representatives, H. A. JENKINS, Canberra, 27 February 1985 Speaker

MR PRESIDENT, Message No. 3 The House of Representatives transmits to the Senate the following Resolution which was agreed to by the House of Representatives this day, and requests that the Senate concur and take action accordingly: (1) That a joint committee be appointed to consider and report on- (a) foreign affairs and defence generally, and

(b) such matters as may be referred to the committee by- (i) the Minister for Foreign Affairs,

(ii) the Minister for Defence, or

(iii) resolution of either House of the Parliament.

(2) That the committee consist of 28 members, 11 Members of the House of Representatives to be nominated by either the Prime Minister, the Leader of the House or the Government Whip, 5 Members of the House of Representatives to be nominated by either the Leader of the Opposition, the Deputy Leader of the Opposition or the Opposition Whip, 3 Members of the House of Representatives to be nominated by either the Leader of the National Party, the Deputy Leader of the National Party or the National Party Whip, 5 Senators to be nominated by the Leader of the Government in the Senate and 4 Senators to be nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, or by any minority group or groups or independent Senator or independent Senators.

(3) That every nomination of a member of the committee be forthwith notified in writing to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

(4) That the members of the committee hold office as a joint committee until the House of Representatives is dissolved or expires by effluxion of time.

(5) That the committee elect a Government member as its chairman.

(6) That the chairman of the committee may, from time to time, appoint another member of the committee to be the deputy chairman of the committee, and that the member so appointed act as chairman of the committee at any time when the chairman is not present at a meeting of the committee.

(7) That the committee have power to appoint not more than 3 sub-committees consisting of a minimum of 3 of its members and to refer to such a sub-committee any matters which the committee is empowered to examine.

(8) That, in addition to the members appointed pursuant to paragraph (7), the chairman and deputy chairman of the committee be ex-officio members of each sub-committee appointed.

(9) That the members of a sub-committee elect one of the voting members of the sub-committee to be the chairman of that sub-committee.

(10) That members of the committee who are not members of a sub-committee may take part in the proceedings of that sub-committee but shall not vote or move any motion or be counted for the purpose of a quorum.

(11) That the committee, or any sub-committee, have power to send for and examine persons, papers and records, to move from place to place and meet and transact business in public or private session and notwithstanding any prorogation of the Parliament.

(12) That the committee have leave to report from time to time.

(13) That 9 members of the committee constitute a quorum of the committee and 3 members of a sub-committee constitute a quorum of that sub-committee.

(14) That in the event of an equality of voting, the chairman or the deputy chairman when acting as chairman, have a casting vote.

(15) That the committee have power to consider and make use of the minutes of evidence and records of the Joint Committees on Foreign Affairs and Defence, appointed in previous Parliaments, relating to any matters on which those committees had not completed consideration.

(16) That any sub-committee have power to authorise publication of any evidence given before it and any document presented to it.

(17) That the committee in selecting particular matters for investigation take account of the investigations of other parliamentary committees and avoid duplication.

(18) That the foregoing provisions of this resolution, so far as they are inconsistent with the standing orders, have effect notwithstanding anything contained in the standing orders.

House of Representatives, H. A. JENKINS, Canberra, 27 February 1985 Speaker

MR PRESIDENT, Message No. 4 The House of Representatives transmits to the Senate the following Resolution which was agreed to by the House of Representatives this day, and requests that the Senate concur and take action accordingly: (1) That a joint standing committee be appointed to act for and represent the Parliament, as the client for the new Parliament House, in all matters concerned with the planning, design and construction of the new Parliament House and all matters incidental thereto.

(2) That the committee consider and approve the developed design for the building, which, in conjunction with the revised brief for Parliament House, dated August 1980, shall be used as the basis for the design and construction of the new Parliament House, unless both Houses resolve to vary any section of the brief or have any section reconsidered by the committee.

(3) That the committee determine user requirements for approved non-building items and consider other issues relevant to ensuring that the requirements of Parliament are fully met when transferring to the new building.

(4) That the committee also consider and report on matters coming within the terms of section 5 of the Parliament Act 1974 as may be referred to it by- (a) the Minister responsible for administering the National Capital Development Commission Act 1957; or

(b) resolution of either House of the Parliament.

(5) That the committee consist of- (a) the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives;

(b) the Minister responsible for administering the Parliament House Construction Authority Act 1979;

(c) 6 Members of the House of Representatives, 3 to be nominated by either the Prime Minister, the Leader of the House or the Government Whip and 3 to be nominated by either the Leader of the Opposition, the Deputy Leader of the Opposition or the Opposition Whip; and

(d) 6 Senators, 3 to be nominated by the Leader of the Government in the Senate, and 3 to be nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate or by any minority group or groups or independent Senator or independent Senators.

(6) That the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives be joint chairmen of the committee.

(7) That every nomination of a member of the committee be forthwith notified in writing to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

(8) That the members of the committee hold office as a joint standing committee until the House of Representatives is dissolved or expires by effluxion of time.

(9) That the committee have power to appoint sub-committees consisting of 3 or more of its members and to appoint the chairman of each sub-committee, and to refer to such a sub-committee any matter that the committee is empowered to inquire into.

(10) That the committee or a sub-committee so appointed have power to send for persons, papers and records, to move from place to place and to sit during any adjournment of the Senate or of the House of Representatives.

(11) That the committee have leave to report from time to time.

(12) That 5 members of the committee, one of whom is the President or the Speaker, constitute a quorum of the committee and a majority of the members of a sub-committee constitute a quorum of that sub-committee.

(13) That in matters of procedure, each of the chairmen whether or not occupying the Chair, have a deliberative vote and, in the event of an equality of voting, the chairman occupying the Chair have a casting vote.

(14) That in matters other than those of procedure, each of the chairmen, whether or not occupying the Chair, have a deliberative vote only.

(15) That the committee, or any sub-committee, have power to consider and make use of the evidence and records of the Joint Standing Committees on the New Parliament House appointed during previous Parliaments.

(16) That any sub-committee have power to authorise publication of any evidence given before it or any information obtained in the course of its inquiries or any document presented to it.

(17) That the committee be authorised to provide, on behalf of the Parliament, all necessary information concerning the functional requirements for the new Parliament House and matters incidental thereto direct to the Parliament House Construction Authority as the authority responsible to Parliament to undertake or arrange for the planning, design and construction of the new Parliament House.

(18) That the foregoing provisions of this resolution, so far as they are inconsistent with the standing orders, have effect notwithstanding anything contained in the standing orders.

House of Representatives, H. A. JENKINS, Canberra, 27 February 1985 Speaker MR PRESIDENT, Message No. 8 The House of Representatives transmits to the Senate the following Resolution which was agreed to by the House of Representatives this day, and requests that the Senate concur and take action accordingly: That, in accordance with section 54 of the National Crime Authority Act 1984, matters relating to the powers and proceedings of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on the National Crime Authority shall be as follows: (a) That the committee consist of 3 Members of the House of Representatives to be nominated by either the Prime Minister, the Leader of the House or the Government Whip, 1 Member of the House of Representatives to be nominated by either the Leader of the Opposition, the Deputy Leader of the Opposition or the Opposition Whip, 1 Member of the House of Representatives to be nominated by either the Leader of the National Party, the Deputy Leader of the National Party or the National Party Whip, 2 Senators to be nominated by the Leader of the Government in the Senate, 2 Senators to be nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate and 1 Senator to be nominated by any minority group or groups or independent Senator or independent Senators.

(b) That every nomination of a member of the committee be forthwith notified in writing to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

(c) That the committee elect a Government member as its chairman.

(d) That the committee elect a deputy chairman who shall perform the duties of the chairman of the committee at any time when the chairman is not present at a meeting of the committee and at any time when the chairman and deputy chairman are not present at a meeting of the committee the members present shall elect another member to perform the duties of the chairman at that meeting.

(e) That, in the event of an equality of voting, the chairman, or the deputy chairman when acting as chairman, have a casting vote.

(f) That 4 members of the committee constitute a quorum of the committee.

(g) That the committee have power to appoint sub-committees consisting of 3 or more of its members and to refer to such a sub-committee any matter which the committee is empowered to inquire into.

(h) That the committee appoint a chairman of each sub-committee who shall have a casting vote only, and at any time when the chairman of a sub-committee is not present at a meeting of the sub-committee the members of the sub-committee present shall elect another member of that sub-committee to perform the duties of the chairman at that meeting.

(i) That the quorum of a sub-committee be a majority of the members of that sub-committee.

(j) That members of the committee who are not members of a sub-committee may participate in the proceedings of that sub-committee but shall not vote, move any motion or be counted for the purpose of a quorum.

(k) That the committee or any sub-committee have power to send for persons, papers and records.

(l) That the committee or any sub-committee have power to move from place to place.

(m) That a sub-committee have power to adjourn from time to time and to sit during any adjournment of the Senate or of the House of Representatives.

(n) That a sub-committee have power to authorise publication of any evidence given before it and any document presented to it.

(o) That the committee have leave to report from time to time.

(p) That the committee or any sub-committee have power to consider and make use of the evidence and records of the committee appointed during the 33rd Parliament.

(q) That, in carrying out its duties the committee, or any sub-committee, ensure that the operational methods and results of investigations of law enforcement agencies, as far as possible, be protected from disclosure where that would be against the public interest.

(r) That the foregoing provisions of this resolution, so far as they are inconsistent with the standing orders, have effect notwithstanding anything contained in the standing orders.

House of Representatives, H. A. JENKINS, Canberra, 27 February 1985 Speaker The Minister for Resources and Energy (Senator Gareth Evans), by leave, moved- (1) That the Senate concurs in the Resolutions transmitted to the Senate by Messages Nos 2, 3, 4 and 8 of the House of Representatives relating to the appointment of Joint Standing Committees on the Australian Capital Territory, Foreign Affairs and Defence and the New Parliament House, and relating to the powers and proceedings of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on the National Crime Authority.

(2) That the provisions of the Resolutions, so far as they are inconsistent with the Standing Orders, have effect notwithstanding anything contained in the Standing Orders.

(3) That the foregoing Resolution be communicated to the House of Representatives by Message. Question-put and passed.