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APPROPRIATIONS AND STAFFING-STANDING COMMITTEE

Senator Jessop, pursuant to notice, moved-

(1) That, pursuant to the Resolution agreed to by the Senate on 26 November 1981 and notwithstanding anything contained in the Standing Orders, a Standing Committee to be known as the Appropriations and Staffing Committee be appointed and, thereafter, be re-appointed at the commencement of each Parliament.

(2) That the Committee inquire into:

(a) proposals for the Annual Estimates and the Additional Estimates for the Senate;

(b) proposals to vary the staff organisational structure of the Senate, and staffing and recruitment policies; and

(c) such other matters as are referred to it by the Senate.

(3) That the Committee-

(a) in relation to the Estimates-

(i) determine the amounts for inclusion in the Parliamentary Appropriation Bills for the Annual Estimates and the Additional Estimates, and

(ii) report to the Senate upon its determinations prior to the consideration by the Senate of the related Parliamentary Appropriation Bill;

(b) in relation to staffing-

(i) make such recommendations to the President as it sees fit, and

(ii) report to the Senate on any matter it considers necessary; and

(c) make an annual report to the Senate on the operations of the Senate's appropriations and staffing, and related matters.

(4) That, unless otherwise ordered, the Committee shall consist of the President and six other Senators-the Leader of the Government in the Senate or such other Senate Minister as may be nominated to represent him from time to time, and two other members of the Government to be nominated by the Leader of the Government in the Senate, and the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate or such other Senator as may be nominated to represent him from time to time, and two other Senators not being members of the Government to be nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate or by any minority group or groups or Independent Senator or Independent Senators: provided that, in the absence of agreement between the Opposition and any minority group or groups or Independent Senator or Independent Senators, as to nominations, duly notified to the President, the question as to representation shall be determined by the Senate.

(5) That the quorum of the Committee be four.

(6) 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. The quorum of a sub- committee shall be two Senators.

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

(8) That the Chairman of the Committee be the President who may from time to time appoint another member of the Committee to be Deputy-Chairman and the member so appointed shall act as Chairman at any time when there is no Chairman or the Chairman is not present at a meeting of the Committee.

(9) That, in the event of an equality of voting, the Chairman, or the Deputy- Chairman when acting as Chairman, have a casting vote.

(10) That a Senator, though not a member of the Committee, may attend and participate in its deliberations, and question witnesses, unless the Committee orders otherwise, but shall not vote.

(11) That the Committee or any sub-committee 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.

(12) That a daily Hansard be published of such proceedings of the Committee as take place in public.

(13) That the Committee be provided with all necessary staff, facilities and resources.

Question-put and passed.

Statements by Senators: The Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator Sir John Carrick), Senators McClelland, Missen, McLaren and Jessop, by leave, made statements relating to the Committee.

Senator Sir John Carrick, by leave, made a further statement.