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Tuesday, 2 October 1984
Page: 1008


Senator MISSEN —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

(1) 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) 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 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) the Committee elect a Government member as its chairman.

The balance of the notice of motion, which is lengthy, is in the same form as that given in the House of Representatives by the Special Minister of State, Mr Young, on 11 September 1984. I seek leave to incorporate the rest of the notice of motion in Hansard.

Leave granted.

The remainder of the notice of motion read as follows-

(c) 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;

(d) 5 members of the committee constitute a quorum of the Committee;

(e) 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;

(f) 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 the meeting;

(g) the quorum of a sub-committee be a majority of the members of that sub- committee;

(h) the 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;

(i) the Committee, or any sub-committee, have power to send for persons, papers and records;

(j) the Committee, or any sub-committee, have power to move from place to place ;

(k) 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;

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

(m) the Committee have leave to report from time to time;

(n) 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;

(o) 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.

(2) A message be sent to the House of Representatives acquainting it of this Resolution and requesting that it concur and take action accordingly.