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NATIONAL CRIME AUTHORITY-JOINT STATUTORY COMMITTEE-POWERS AND PROCEEDINGS

-Message from the House of Representatives: The following Message from the House of Representatives was reported: MR PRESIDENT, Message No. 317 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: That, in accordance with section 54 of the National Crime Authority Act 1984, matters relating to the powers and proceedings of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on the National Crime Authority shall be as follows: (a) That the committee consist of 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 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, 2 Senators 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.

(b) That the committee elect a Government member as its chairman.

(c) 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.

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

(e) That 5 members of the committee constitute a quorum of the committee.

(f) 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.

(g) That the committee appoint a 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.

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

(i) 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.

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

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

(l) That a sub-committee have power to adjourn from time to time and to sit during any adjournment of the Senate or of the House of Representatives.

(m) That a sub-committee have power to authorise publication of any evidence given before it and any document presented to it.

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

(o) That, in carrying out its duties the committee, or any sub-committee, ensure that the operational methods and results of investigations of law enforcement agencies, as far as possible, be protected from disclosure where that would be against the public interest.

(p) 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, 3 October 1984 a.m. Speaker Ordered-That consideration of the Message be an Order of the Day for a later hour of the day.