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Thursday, 24 March 1994
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  Motion (by Senator Schacht, on behalf of Senator Sherry) agreed to:

  That, in accordance with section 204 of the Native Title Act 1993, matters relating to the powers and proceedings of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Native Title shall be as follows:

(1)That the committee consist of 3 Members of the House of Representatives to be nominated by the Government Whip or Whips, 2 Members of the House of Representatives to be nominated by the Opposition Whip or Whips, 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 groups or independent Senators.

(2)That every nomination of a member of the committee be forthwith notified in writing to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

(3)That the committee elect a member nominated by the Government Whips or the Leader of the Government in the Senate as its chairman.

(4)That the committee elect a deputy chairman who shall act as 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 act as chairman at that meeting.

(5)That, in the event of the votes on a question before the committee being equally divided, the chairman, or the deputy chairman when acting as chairman, have a casting vote.

(6)That 5 members of the committee constitute a quorum of the committee.

(7)That the committee have power to appoint subcommittees consisting of 3 or more of its members and to refer to any subcommittee any matter which the committee is empowered to examine.

(8)That the committee appoint the chairman of each subcommittee who shall have a casting vote only, and at any time when the chairman of a subcommittee is not present at a meeting of a subcommittee the members of the subcommittee present shall elect another member of that subcommittee to act as chairman at that meeting.

(9)That the quorum of a subcommittee be a majority of the members of that subcommittee.

(10)That members of the committee who are not members of a subcommittee may participate in the proceedings of that subcommittee but shall not vote, move any motion or be counted for the purpose of a quorum.

(11)That the committee and a subcommittee have power to send for persons, papers and records.

(12)That the committee and a subcommittee have power to move from place to place.

(13)That a subcommittee have power to adjourn from time to time and to sit during any adjournment of the Senate and the House of Representatives.

(14)That the committee have leave to report from time to time.

(15)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.