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PARLIAMENTARY PRIVILEGE-PROPOSED JOINT SELECT COMMITTEE

-Message from the House of Representatives: The following Message from the House of Representatives was reported:

MR PRESIDENT, Message No. 259 The House of Representatives transmits to the Senate the following Resolution which was agreed to by the House of Representatives this day, and requests that the Senate concur and take action accordingly:

(1) That a joint select committee be appointed to review, and report whether any changes are desirable in respect of:

(a) the law and practice of parliamentary privilege as they affect the Senate and the House of Representatives, and the Members and the committees of each House,

(b) the procedures by which cases of alleged breaches of parliamentary privilege may be raised, investigated and determined, and

(c) the penalties that may be imposed for breach of parliamentary privilege.

(2) That the committee consist of 10 members, 3 Members of the House of Representatives to be nominated by the Prime Minister, the Leader of the House or the Government Whip, 2 Members of the House of Representatives to be nominated by the Leader of the Opposition, the Deputy Leader of the Opposition or the Opposition Whip, 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 group or groups or independent Senator 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 committee until the House of Representatives is dissolved or expires by effluxion of time.

(5) That the committee elect as chairman of the committee one of the members nominated by either the Prime Minister, the Leader of the House or the Government Whip, or by the Leader of the Government in the Senate.

(6) That the committee elect a deputy chairman who shall perform the duties of the 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 perform the duties of the chairman at that meeting.

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

(8) That the committee have power to send for persons, papers and records, and to move from place to place.

(9) That the committee have power to authorise publication of any evidence given before it and any document presented to it.

(10) That the committee be provided with necessary staff, facilities and resources.

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

(12) 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.

House of Representatives, B. M. SNEDDEN, Canberra, 23 March 1982 Speaker Ordered-That consideration of the Message be an Order of the Day for the next day of sitting.