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ELECTORAL REFORM-PROPOSED JOINT SELECT COMMITTEE

-Message from the House of Representatives: The following Message from the House of Representatives was reported: MR PRESIDENT, Message No. 10 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 inquire into and report upon all aspects of the conduct of elections for the Parliament of the Commonwealth and matters related thereto, including- (a) public funding and disclosure of funds;

(b) franchise and registration of voters;

(c) voting systems;

(d) polling procedures;

(e) legislation governing, and the operation of, the Australian Electoral Office ;

(f) ballot paper format; and

(g) electoral distribution, procedures and systems.

(2) That the committee consist of 9 members, 3 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 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, 2 Senators to be nominated by the Leader of the Government in the Senate, 1 Senator 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 committee elect a Government Member as its Chairman.

(5) 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.

(6) 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.

(7) 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 that meeting.

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

(9) That members of the committee, not being members of the sub-committee, may participate at the discretion of the chairman of that sub-committee in the proceedings of that sub-committee, but shall not vote, move any motion or be counted for the purpose of a quorum.

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

(11) That the committee have power to consider and make use of submissions lodged with the Clerk of the Senate in response to public advertisements placed in accordance with the resolution of the Senate of 26 November 1981 relating to a proposed Joint Select Committee on the Electoral System.

(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.

(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 report by 31 August 1983.

(16) 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.