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AUSTRALIAN CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION

-Message from the House of Representatives: The following Message from the House of Representatives was reported: MR PRESIDENT, Message No. 111 The House of Representatives acquaints the Senate of the following Resolution which was agreed to by the House of Representatives this day: That the House of Representatives, recognising the desirability of a thorough review of the Australian Constitution in the light of experience since its establishment and of modern day requirements, agrees that the Commonwealth Parliament continue its participation in the Australian Constitutional Convention established to review the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution and accordingly resolves: (1) That, for the purposes of the Convention- (a) a delegation from the Commonwealth Parliament take part in the deliberations of the Convention, and comprise 12 members of the Parliament of whom 4 shall be members of the Senate and 8 shall be Members of the House of Representatives;

(b) the 8 Members of the House of Representatives comprise 4 members of the Australian Labor Party, 3 members of the Liberal Party of Australia and one member of the National Party of Australia.

(2) That- (a) the Prime Minister and 3 other Members of the House of Representatives, being members of the Australian Labor Party, nominated by him;

(b) the Leader of the Opposition and 2 other Members of the House, being members of the Liberal Party of Australia, nominated by him; and

(c) the Leader of the National Party of Australia or another Member of the House, being a member of the National Party of Australia, nominated by the Leader of that Party, be members of the Delegation.

(3) That the Prime Minister or his nominee be the Leader of the Delegation, and the Leader of the Opposition or his nominee be the Deputy Leader.

(4) That a member of the Delegation cease to be such a member if- (a) he ceases to be a member of the Commonwealth Parliament;

(b) the House of the Parliament of which he is a member terminates his appointment; or

(c) he resigns as a member of the Delegation by writing addressed to the President of the Senate or the Speaker of the House of Representatives, as the case requires.

(5) That where, because of illness or any other cause, a member of the Delegation is not available to attend a meeting, or part of a meeting, of the Convention, the Leader or senior available member of that member's Party may nominate an alternative member and the member so nominated shall be a member of the Delegation for that meeting, or that part of that meeting.

(6) That, in the event of a member of the Delegation ceasing to be such a member, the Leader of that member's Party in the House from which that member was drawn may nominate another member (being a member of the House of which the first-mentioned member is or was a member) to replace the first-mentioned member.

(7) That the Leader of the Delegation from time to time make a report for presentation to each House of the Parliament on matters arising out of the Convention, and that the Deputy Leader of the Delegation may make an accompanying report. House of Representatives, H. A. JENKINS, Canberra, 21 May 1985 Speaker