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Tuesday, 23 August 1983
Page: 43


Mr LIONEL BOWEN (Leader of the House)(5.51) —by leave-I move:

(1) That paragraph (14) of the resolution of appointment of the Joint Select Committee on Electoral Reform be omitted and that the following paragraph be substituted:

'(14) That the committee report by 15 September 1983.'.

(2) That a Message be sent to the Senate requesting its concurrence.

The resolution of appointment of the Joint Select Committee on Electoral Reform required it to present its report by 31 August. I am advised that the Committee has completed taking evidence. It has formed its major recommendations and it is considering a draft report. However, with both Houses expected to rise on 25 August and not sit again until 6 September, it would be difficult to meet the 31 August target date. Consequently, the Committee requests that its appointment be amended to require it to report by 15 September 1983. Of course, if it is possible, the report will be presented before that date. It will also be necessary to seek the Senate's agreement for the Committee to meet during sittings of the Senate.

Question resolved in the affirmative.