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Thursday, 28 February 1985
Page: 369


The PRESIDENT —I have received message No. 5 from the House of Representatives requesting the concurrence of the Senate in the appointment of the Joint Select Committee on Electoral Reform.

Motion (by Senator Gareth Evans)-by leave-agreed to:

(1) That the Senate concurs in the resolution transmitted to the Senate by message No. 5 of the House of Representatives relating to the appointment of a Joint Select Committee on Electoral reform subject to the following modification-

Paragraph (2), leave out the paragraph, insert the following paragraph:

'(2) That the Committee consist of 11 members, four members of the House of Representatives to be nominated by either the Prime Minister, the Leader of the House or the Government Whip, one 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, one 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, two Senators to be nominated by the Leader of the Government in the Senate, one senator to be nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, and two senators to be nominated by any minority group or groups or any independent senator or independent senators.'.

(2)That the provisions of the resolution, 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.