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Tuesday, 28 June 1994
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Senator ROBERT RAY (Minister for Defence) —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

  (1)That a joint standing committee, to be known as the Audit Committee of Parliament, be appointed to:

    (a)advise the Auditor-General of the committee's audit priorities in respect of Commonwealth bodies;

    (b)advise the responsible Minister in relation to a government business enterprise (GBE) that the committee attaches a priority to a performance audit being undertaken of certain activities of that GBE, for the purpose of requesting that Minister, where appropriate, to seek the Auditor-General's agreement to undertake the performance audit;

    (c)consider the resources of the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) for the purposes of assessing the effectiveness of the ANAO in undertaking its charter and the adequacy of resource levels, including charge-out rates, to undertake an appropriate program of audit coverage; and as appropriate, make recommendations to the Auditor-General and/or the Executive Government; and

    (d)report to both Houses on any matters arising out of the committee's consideration of ANAO resources, reports of the Independent Auditor on the operations of the ANAO, or other matters relating to the performance of the Auditor-General's functions which the committee considers should be drawn to the attention of the Parliament.

  (2)That the committee consist of:

    (a)the Speaker of the House and the President of the Senate each alternating as chairman and deputy chairman for periods determined by the committee;

    (b)the chairman of the Joint Committee of Public Accounts;

    (c)two Members of the House of Representatives to be nominated by the Government Whip or Whips, three Members of the House of Representatives to be nominated by the Opposition Whip or Whips; and

    (d)one Senator 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 one Senator to be nominated by any minority groups or independent Senators.

  (3)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.

  (4)That the members of the committee hold office as a joint standing committee until the House of Representatives is dissolved or expires by effluxion of time.

  (5)That the deputy chairman shall act as chairman of the committee at any time when the chairman is not present at a meeting of the committee, and that 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.

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

  (7)That the committee appoint the chairman of each subcommittee who shall have a casting vote only, and at the 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.

  (8)That the committee or any subcommittee have power to send for persons, papers and records, to move from place to place, to adjourn from time to time, and to sit during any adjournment of the Senate and the House of Representatives.

  (9)That five members of the committee constitute a quorum of the committee, and a majority of members of a subcommittee constitute a quorum of that subcommittee.

  (10)That in matters of procedure the chairman or deputy chairman presiding at the meeting have a deliberative vote and, in the event of an equality of voting, have a casting vote, and that, in other matters, the chairman or deputy chairman have a deliberative vote only.

  (11)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.

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

  (13)That a message be sent to the House of Representatives acquainting it of this resolution and requesting that it concur and take action accordingly.