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Thursday, 4 December 1986
Page: 3323


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

That a select committee be set up to consider the Broadcasting Amendment Bill 1986 and the Television Licence Fees Amendment Bill 1986 and that the Committee be known as the Select Committee on Television Equalisation.

Mr President, I seek leave to incorporate in Hansard the remainder of the notice of motions which sets out the particulars and powers of the Committee.

Leave granted.

The remainder of the notice of motion read as follows-

(2) That the Committee consist of 8 Senators, as follows:

(a) four to be nominated by the Leader of the Government in the Senate;

(b) three to be nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate; and

(c) one to be nominated by the Leader of the Australian Democrats.

(3) That the Committee proceed to the despatch of business notwithstanding that all members have not been duly nominated and appointed and notwithstanding any vacancy.

(4) That the Committee elect as Chairman one of the members nominated by the Leader of the Government.

(5) That the Chairman of the Committee may, from time to time, appoint another member of the Committee to be the Deputy-Chairman of the Committee, and that the member so appointed act as Chairman of the Committee at any time when there is no Chairman or the Chairman is not present at a meeting of the Committee.

(6) That, in the event of an equality of voting, the Chairman, or the Deputy-Chairman when acting as Chairman, have a casting vote.

(7) That the quorum of the Committee be 4 members.

(8) That the Committee and any sub-committee have power to send for and examine persons, papers and records, to move from place to place, to sit in public or in private, notwithstanding any prorogation of the Parliament or dissolution of the House of Representatives, and have leave to report from time to time its proceedings and the evidence taken and such interim recommendations as it may deem fit.

(9) That the Committee have power to appoint sub-committees consisting of three or more of its members, and to refer to any such sub-committee any of the matters which the Committee is empowered to consider, and that the quorum of a sub-committee be a majority of the Senators appointed to the sub-committee.

(10) That the Committee be provided with all necessary staff, facilities and resources and be empowered to appoint persons with specialist knowledge for the purposes of the Committee with the approval of the President.

(11) That the Committee may appoint counsel to assist it, on terms and conditions approved by the President.

(12) That the Committee may authorise the examination of witnesses before it by counsel subject to rules determined by the Committee.

(13) That the Committee be empowered to print from day to day such papers and evidence as may be ordered by it, and a daily Hansard be published of such proceedings as take place in public.

(14) That the Committee report to the Senate by 28 February 1986.

(15) That, if the Senate be not sitting when the Committee has completed its report, the Committee may provide the report to the President, or, if the President is unable to act, to the Deputy President, and, in that event-

(a) the report shall be deemed to have been presented to the Senate;

(b) the publication of the report is authorized by this Resolution;

(c) the President or the Deputy President, as the case may be, may give directions for the printing and circulation of the report; and

(d) the President or the Deputy-President, as the case may be, shall lay the report upon the Table at the next sitting of the Senate.

(16) That 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.