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SOUTH WEST TASMANIA--SELECT COMMITTEE--APPOINTMENT

Senator Macklin, at the request of the Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Chipp) and pursuant to notice, moved--

(1) That a Select Committee, to be known as the Select Committee on South West Tasmania, be appointed to inquire into and report upon--

(a) the natural values of South West Tasmania to Australia and the world; (b) Federal responsibility in assisting Tasmania to preserve its wilderness areas of national and international importance, including appropriate financial assistance; and

(c) the future energy needs of Tasmania and energy options outside South West Tasmania.

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

(a) three to be nominated by the Leader of the Government in the Senate; (b) two 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 dispatch of business notwithstanding that all members have not been duly nominated and appointed and notwithstanding any vacancy.

(4) That the Chairman of the Committee be appointed by and from the members of the Committee.

(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 three members of the Committee be necessary to constitute a meeting of the Committee for the exercise of its powers.

(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 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 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.

(12) That, except where the Committee otherwise decides, its hearings of evidence be open to the public.

(13) That the Committee report to the Senate by the first sitting day in 1982.

(14) That, if the Senate be not sitting when the Committee has completed its report, the Committee may send its report to the President of the Senate or, if the President is not available, to the Deputy-President, who is authorised to give directions for its printing and circulation and, in such event, the President or Deputy-President shall lay the report upon the Table at the next sitting of the Senate.

(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.

Senator Grimes, by leave, moved the following amendments together, viz:

(1) Paragraph (1), leave out sub-paragraphs (a), (b) and (c), insert the following sub-paragraphs:

""(a) the natural values of South West Tasmania to Australia and the world; and (b) Federal responsibility in assisting Tasmania to preserve its wilderness areas of national and international importance, including appropriate financial assistance consistent with the State's development needs and options for the State's energy requirements''.

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

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

(a) two to be nominated by the Leader of the Government in the Senate; (b) one 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''.

Debate ensued.

Senator Grimes, by leave, withdrew his second amendment.

Debate continued.

The Minister for Aboriginal Affairs (Senator Baume), by leave, moved an amendment, viz: Leave out all words after ""That'' (first occurring), insert ""after the results of the proposed referendum into the hydro-electric power and energy needs of Tasmania become available, the Senate consider the advisability or otherwise of appointing a Select Committee on South West Tasmania''.

Question, by leave--That Senator Baume's amendment be agreed to--put and negatived.

Question--That Senator Grimes' amendment be agreed to--put and passed.

Question--That the motion, as amended, be agreed to--put and passed.