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Wednesday, 15 October 2003
Page: 21406

Mr DOWNER (Mayo—Minister for Foreign Affairs) (9.14 a.m.)—by leave—I move:

That so much of the standing and sessional orders be suspended as would prevent the Minister for Foreign Affairs moving a motion to refer the Intelligence Services Amendment Bill 2003 to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on ASIO, ASIS and DSD for consideration and an advisory report as soon as practicable.

Question agreed to.

Mr DOWNER (Mayo—Minister for Foreign Affairs) (9.14 a.m.)—I move:

(1) That:

(a) the Intelligence Services Amendment Bill 2003 be referred to the Parliament-ary Joint Committee on ASIO, ASIS and DSD for consideration and an advisory report as soon as practicable; and

(b) the terms of this resolution, so far as they are inconsistent with the standing and sessional orders, have effect not-withstanding anything contained in the standing and sessional orders.

(2) That a message be sent to the Senate acquainting it of this reference to the committee.

Question agreed to.