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NOTICES

Notices of Motion were given, as follows- The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Chaney): To move on the next day of sitting-That- (a) Senate procedures be modified so that a substantially increased proportion of Government Bills are referred to Legislative and General Purpose Standing Committees;

(b) a Selection Committee be established to recommend to the Senate which Government Bills should be referred to Legislative and General Purpose Standing Committees, which Committee each Bill should be referred to, and by when the Committee should report;

(c) the Sessional Orders be amended so that there is a regular opportunity each day for motions to be moved on reference of Bills to Committees and an opportunity provided for Senators to move the reference of Bills which have not been recommended for referral by the Selection Committee;

(d) the present Sessional Order for the reference of Bills be rescinded, and a revised version permitting the calling of any witnesses that the Committee chooses, and removing the present procedural restraints, be adopted;

(e) the Government party should set up an informal liaison committee of the Chairmen of the Legislative and General Purpose Standing Committees, in order to: (i) divide, with the concurrence of their Committees, Government departments among the Committees, and report the result (and any subsequent changes) to the Senate, and

(ii) make representations on committee staffing to the Standing Committee on Appropriations and Staffing;

(f) in order to test the will of the Senate, the Standing Orders Committee should: (i) at the start of the 1985 budget session, move a motion to abolish the Estimates Committees and to transfer their responsibilities to the Legislative and General Purpose Standing Committees, and

(ii) before the 1985 winter recess, circulate to all Senators a paper setting out the arguments for and against such a change; and

(g) a Sessional Order be passed, limiting the number of select committees at any one time to 3.

Statement by leave: Senator Chaney, by leave, made a statement relating thereto.

Paper: Senator Chaney, by leave, laid upon the Table the following Paper: Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing Committees-Background paper, dated 17 August 1984.

Senator Walters: To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate condemns the Government for its hypocrisy, double standards and political expediency on conservation matters, as revealed in its attitude regarding the Daintree rainforest issue and the Franklin Dam issue.