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PARLIAMENTARY LIBRARY--POWERS OF COMMITTEE AND APPOINTMENT OF PARLIAMENTARY LIBRARIAN

Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Button)--

(1) That the Senate is of the opinion that the Joint Parliamentary Library Committee should be given specific terms of reference, including the power to pass substantive resolutions.

(2) That the President be requested not to proceed with the appointment of a new Parliamentary Librarian until the applications have been presented to the Committee for its consideration.

Debate resumed.

Senator Button, by leave, amended his motion to read as follows:

(2) That the Senate is of the opinion that the Joint Parliamentary Library Committee should adopt specific terms of reference, including the power to pass substantive resolutions within those terms of reference.

(2) That Mr President be requested not to proceed with the appointment of a new Parliamentary Librarian until the Joint Parliamentary Library Committee has:

(a) adopted the terms of reference referred to in (1) above, and (b) has approved by resolution of the procedures to be followed in appointment of the new Librarian.

Senator Macklin, by leave, moved--That the motion be amended to read as follows:

(1) That the Senate is of the opinion that the Joint Parliamentary Library Committee should be given specific terms of reference, including the power to pass resolutions.

(2) That the President be requested to ensure that in the appointment of a new Parliamentary Librarian, the Parliamentary Library Committee be kept informed of the procedures to be adopted in the appointment of such Librarian, and given an opportunity to express its views.

Debate ensued.

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

Main Question, as amended--put and passed.