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HOUSE--STANDING COMMITTEE CONDITIONS AND POWERS OF INQUIRY INTO JOINT HOUSE DEPARTMENT

Senator Martin, pursuant to Notice of Motion not objected to as a Formal Motion, moved--That, for the purpose of the inquiry by the Senate House Committee into the organisation, operation, functions and financial administration of the Joint House Department, referred to the Committee by Resolution of the Senate on 29 October 1981--

(1) The President shall not be a member of the Committee.

(2) The Committee shall consist of six Senators.

13) The quorum of the Committee shall be three.

(4) The Committee shall elect a Government Senator as Chairman.

(5) The Chairman may from time to time appoint a member of the Committee to be Deputy-Chairman and the member so appointed shall 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) In the event of an equality of voting, the Chairman, or the Deputy-Chairman when acting as Chairman, shall have a casting vote.

(7) The Committee shall have power to send for and examine persons, papers and records, to move from place to place, and to meet and transact business in public or private session and notwithstanding any prorogation of the Parliament or dissolution of the House of Representatives.

(8) The Committee may proceed to the despatch of business notwithstanding that all members have not been appointed and notwithstanding any vacancy.

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

(10) The Committee shall be provided with all necessary staff, facilities and resources, with the approval of the President.

(11) The Committee shall present a final report as soon as possible.

(12) If the Senate be not sitting when the Committee has completed its Report--

(a) the Committee may send the Report to the President of the Senate or, if the President is unable to act, to the Deputy-President of the Senate; (b) the Report shall be deemed to have been presented to the Senate and the President or the Deputy-President is authorised to give directions for its printing and circulation;

(c) in such event, the President or the Deputy-President shall lay the Report upon the Table at the next sitting of the Senate.

(13) The foregoing provisions of this resolution, so far as they are inconsistent with the Standing Orders, shall have effect notwithstanding anything contained in the Standing Orders.

Question--put and passed.