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AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY-JOINT COMMITTEE: Message from the House of Representatives

The following Message from the House of Representatives was reported: MR PRESIDENT, Message No. 6 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 committee be appointed to inquire into and report on-

(a) all proposals for modification or variations of the plan of layout of the City of Canberra and its environs published in the Commonwealth of Australia Gazette on 19 November 1925, as previously modified or varied, which are referred to the committee by the Minister for Territories and Local Government; and

(b) such matters relating to the Australian Capital Territory as may be referred to it by- (i) resolution of either House of the Parliament, or

(ii) the Minister for Territories and Local Government.

(2) That the committee consist of 10 members, 4 Members of the House of Representatives to be nominated by either the Prime Minister, the Leader of the House or the Government Whip, 1 Member of the House of Representatives to be nominated by either the Leader of the Opposition, the Deputy Leader of the Opposition or the Opposition Whip, 1 Member to be nominated by the Leader of the National Party, the Deputy Leader of the National Party or the National Party Whip, 2 Senators to be nominated by the Leader of the Government in the Senate and 2 Senators 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.

(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 a Government Member as its chairman.

(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 the committee have power to appoint sub-committees consisting of 3 or more of its members and to refer to such a sub-committee any matter which the committee is empowered to inquire into.

(8) That the committee appoint the chairman of each sub-committee who shall have a casting vote only, and at any time when the chairman of a sub-committee is not present at a meeting of the sub-committee, the members of the sub-committee present shall elect another member of that sub-committee to perform the duties of the chairman at the meeting.

(9) That the quorum of a sub-committee be a majority of the members of that sub- committee.

(10) That members of the committee who are not members of a sub-committee may participate in the proceedings of that sub-committee but shall not vote, move any motion or be counted for the purpose of a quorum.

(11) That the committee, or any sub-committee, have power to send for persons, papers and records.

(12) That the committee, or any sub-committee, have power to move from place to place.

(13) That a sub-committee have power to adjourn from time to time and to sit during any adjournment.

(14) That the committee, or any sub-committee, have power to authorise publication of any evidence given before it and any document presented to it.

(15) That the committee in its inquiries take account of the investigations of other Parliamentary committees and avoid duplication.

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

(17) That the committee, or any sub-committee, have power to consider and make use of the evidence and records of the Joint Committees on the Australian Capital Territory appointed during previous Parliaments.

(18) 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, H. A. JENKINS, Canberra, 4 May 1983 Speaker The Manager of Government Business (Senator Grimes) moved- (1) That the Senate concurs in the Resolution transmitted to the Senate by Message No. 6 of the House of Representatives relating to the appointment of a Joint Standing Committee on the Australian Capital Territory.

(2) That the provisions of the Resolution, so far as they are inconsistent with the Standing Orders, have effect notwithstanding anything contained in the Standing Orders.

(3) That the foregoing Resolution be communicated to the House of Representatives by Message.

Question-put and passed.