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ANIMAL WELFARE-SELECT COMMITTEE

The Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Chipp), pursuant to notice, moved- (1) That a Select Committee of the Senate be appointed to enquire into and report upon the question of animal welfare in Australia, with particular reference to:

(a) interstate and overseas commerce in animals;

(b) wildlife protection and harvesting;

(c) animal experimentation;

(d) codes of practice of animal husbandry for all species; and

(e) the use of animals in sport.

(2) That provisions relating to membership, powers and proceedings of the Committee be contained in a subsequent Resolution.

Debate ensued.

Question-put and passed.

Membership and Powers: Senator Chipp, by leave, moved- (1) That the Select Committee on Animal Welfare consist of 4 Senators, 2 to be nominated by the Leader of the Government, 1 to be nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, and 1 to be nominated by the Leader of the Australian Democrats.

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

(3) That the Committee elect as Chairman 1 of the members nominated by the Leader of the Government.

(4) 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 there is no Chairman or the Chairman is not present at a meeting of the Committee.

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

(6) That the quorum of the Committee shall be 2.

(7) That the Committee have power to send for and examine persons, papers and records, to move from place to place, to sit in public or in private, notwithstanding any prorogation of the Parliament or dissolution of the House of Representatives, and have leave to report from time to time its proceedings and the evidence taken and such interim recommendations as it may deem fit.

(8) That the Committee be provided with all necessary staff, facilities and resources and be empowered to appoint persons with specialist knowledge for the purposes of the Committee with the approval of the President.

(9) That the Committee be empowered to print from day to day such papers and evidence as may be ordered by it, and a daily Hansard be published of such proceedings as take place in public.

(10) That the Committee report to the Senate as soon as possible.

(11) That, if the Senate be not sitting when the Committee has completed its report, the Committee may send its report to the President of the Senate or, if the President is not available, to the Deputy-President, who is authorised to give directions for its printing and circulation and, in such event, the President or Deputy-President shall lay the report upon the Table at the next sitting of the Senate.

(12) 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.

On the motion of the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Chaney) the debate was adjourned.

Ordered-That the resumption of the debate be an Order of the Day for a later hour of the day.