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Tuesday, 29 May 1984
Page: 2059


The ACTING DEPUTY SPEAKER (Senator Colston) —A message has been received from the House of Representatives acquainting the Senate that it has agreed to the following resolution and seeking the concurrence of the Senate:

Message No. 245 Mr President, The House of Representatives transmits to the Senate the following Resolution which was agreed to by the House of Representatives this day and requests the concurrence of the Senate therein:

(1) That, for the purposes related to the inquiry into the televising and radio broadcasting of proceedings of both Houses of Parliament and their committees:

(a) the Joint Committee on the Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings have power-

(i) to appoint a sub-committee consisting of 2 or more Senators and 2 or more Members of the House of Representatives, 2 members of the sub-committee to form a quorum of the sub-committee;

(ii) to appoint the chairman of any 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 chairman at that meeting, and

(iii) to refer to such a sub-committee any matter into which the committee is instructed to inquire;

(b) any sub-committee appointed by the Joint Committee on the Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings have power-

(i) to send for persons, papers and records, and

(ii) to authorise publication of any evidence given before it, or any information obtained in the course of its inquiry, or any document presented to it, and

(c) the Joint Committee on the Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings or any sub-committee appointed by the committee have power to move from place to place.

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

H. A. Jenkins Speaker

Motion (by Senator Gareth Evans) agreed to:

That consideration of the messages be an order of the day for the next day of sitting.