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AUSTRALIAN CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION

The Leader of the Government (Senator Button), by leave, moved-That the Senate, recognizing the desirability of a thorough review of the Australian Constitution in the light of experience since its establishment and of modern day requirements, agrees that the Commonwealth Parliament continue its participation in the Australian Constitutional Convention established to review the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution and accordingly resolves: (1) That, for the purposes of the Convention- (a) a Delegation from the Commonwealth Parliament take part in the deliberations of the Convention, and comprise sixteen members of the Parliament of whom six shall be members of the Senate and ten shall be members of the House of Representatives;

(b) the six members of the Senate comprise three members of the Australian Labor Party, two members of the Opposition and one member of the Australian Democrats.

(2) That-

(a) three Senators being members of the Australian Labor Party, nominated by the Leader of the Government in the Senate;

(b) two Senators being members of the Opposition, nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate; and

(c) one Senator being a member of the Australian Democrats, nominated by the Leader of that Party in the Senate,

be members of the Delegation.

(3) That the Prime Minister be the Leader of the Delegation, and the Leader of the Opposition be the Deputy Leader. (4) That a member of the Delegation cease to be such a member if- (a) he ceases to be a member of the Commonwealth Parliament;

(b) the House of the Parliament of which he is a member terminates his appointment; or

(c) he resigns as a member of the Delegation by writing addressed to the President of the Senate or the Speaker of the House of Representatives, as the case requires.

(5) That where, because of illness or any other cause, a member of the Delegation is not available to attend a meeting, or part of a meeting, of the Convention, the Leader or senior available member of the Party in the House from which the member was drawn may nominate an alternate member (being a member of the House of which the first-mentioned member is a member) and the member so nominated shall be a member of the Delegation for that meeting, or that part of that meeting.

(6) That, in the event of a member of the Delegation ceasing to be such a member , the Leader of the Party in the House from which the member was drawn may nominate another member (being a member of the House of which the first- mentioned member is or was a member) to replace the first-mentioned member.

(7) That the Leader of the Delegation from time to time make a report for presentation to each House of the Parliament on matters arising out of the Convention, and that the Deputy Leader of the Delegation may make an accompanying report.

(8) That a Message be sent to the House of Representatives acquainting it of the resolution agreed to by the Senate.

Question-put and passed.

Senator Button, by leave, informed the Senate that the Government delegates to the Australian Constitutional Convention from the Senate would be Senator Button , the Attorney-General (Senator Gareth Evans) and Senator Tate.

The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Chaney), by leave, informed the Senate that the Opposition delegates to the Australian Constitutional Convention from the Senate would be Senator Durack and Senator Peter Rae.

The Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Chipp), by leave, informed the Senate that the Australian Democrat delegate to the Australian Constitutional Convention would be Senator Chipp.