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FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND DEFENCE-PROPOSED JOINT COMMITTEE: Message from the House of Representatives

The following Message from the House of Representatives was reported: MR PRESIDENT, Message No. 7 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 consider and report on- (a) foreign affairs and defence generally; and

(b) such matters as may be referred to the committee by- (i) the Minister for Foreign Affairs,

(ii) the Minister for Defence, or

(iii) resolution of either House of the Parliament.

(2) That the committee consist of 8 Members of the House of Representatives to be nominated by either the Prime Minister, the Leader of the House or the Government Whip, 4 Members 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, 2 Members of the House of Representatives to be nominated by either the Leader of the National Party, the Deputy Leader of the National Party or the National Party Whip, 4 Senators to be nominated by the Leader of the Government in the Senate, and 3 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 chairman of the committee may, from time to time, appoint another member of the committee to be the deputy chairman of the committee, and that the member so appointed act as chairman of the committee at any time when the chairman is not present at a meeting of the committee.

(7) That the committee have power to appoint not more than 3 sub-committees consisting of a minimum of 3 of its members and to refer to such a sub-committee any matters which the committee is empowered to consider.

(8) That, in addition to the members appointed pursuant to paragraph (7), the chairman and deputy chairman of the committee be ex-officio members of each sub- committee appointed.

(9) That the members of a sub-committee elect one of the members of the sub- committee to be the chairman of that sub-committee.

(10) That members of the committee who are not members of a sub-committee may take part in the proceedings of that sub-committee but shall not vote or 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 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.

(12) That the committee have leave to report from time to time and that any member of the committee have power to add a protest or dissent to any report.

(13) That 7 members of the committee constitute a quorum of the committee and 3 members of a sub-committee constitute a quorum of the sub-committee.

(14) That in the event of an equality of voting, the chairman, or the deputy chairman when acting as chairman, have a casting vote.

(15) That the committee have power to consider and make use of the minutes of evidence and records of Joint Committees on Foreign Affairs and Defence, appointed in previous Parliaments, relating to any matter on which those committees had not completed consideration.

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

(17) That the committee be provided with all necessary staff, facilities and resources and be empowered, with the approval of the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, to appoint persons with specialist knowledge for the purposes of the committee.

(18) That the committee in selecting particular matters for investigation take account of the investigations of other Parliamentary committees and avoid duplication.

(19) 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 Ordered- That consideration of the Message be an Order of the Day for the next day of sitting.