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TELECOMMUNICATIONS INTERCEPTIONS-PROPOSED JOINT SELECT COMMITTEE

-Message from the House of Representatives: The following Message from the House of Representatives was reported:

MR PRESIDENT,...Message No. 372

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:

(a) to examine and report upon the Telecommunications (Interception) Amendment Bill 1986 and, in particular, the appropriateness of the mechanism for conducting interceptions and the safeguards for their authorisation, recording, transcribing, dissemination and retention, and

(b) to examine and report upon the recommendation contained in Mr Justice Stewart's report of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Alleged Telephone Interceptions to the effect that the power of interception be extended to cover all serious offences.

(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 4 members of the committee constitute a quorum of the committee.

(7) That the committee have power to send for persons, papers and records, and to move from place to place.

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

(9) That the committee present its final report as soon as possible.

(10) 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,...JOAN CHILD,

Canberra, 4 June 1986...Speaker

Ordered-That consideration of the Message in Committee of the Whole be an Order of the Day for the next day of sitting.