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AUSTRALIA NETWORK SERVICE—SELECT COMMITTEE—PROPOSED APPOINTMENT

Senator Birmingham, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 582—

 (1) That a select committee, to be known as the Select Committee on the Australia Network service, be established to inquire into and report by 31 January 2012, on the following matters:

  (a) the management and delivery of the Australia Network service;

  (b) the 2010 decision to undertake an open tender process for the contract for the operation of the Australia Network service;

  (c) the conduct of the tender process for the Australia Network service;


  (d) the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Amendment (International Broadcasting Services) Bill 2011; and

  (e) any other related matter.

 (2) That the committee consist of 6 senators, 3 nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, 2 nominated by the Leader of the Government in the Senate and 1 nominated by the Leader of the Australian Greens.

 (3) That:

 (a) participating members may be appointed to the committee on the nomination of the Leader of the Government in the Senate, the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate or any minority party or independent senator;

 (b) participating members may participate in hearings of evidence and deliberations of the committee, and have all the rights of members of the committee, but may not vote on any questions before the committee; and

 (c) a participating member shall be taken to be a member of the committee for the purpose of forming a quorum of the committee if a majority of members of the committee is not present.

 (4) That the committee may proceed to the dispatch of business notwithstanding that all members have not been duly nominated and appointed and notwithstanding any vacancy.

 (5) That the committee elect as chair one of the members nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate and, as deputy chair, the member nominated by the Leader of the Australian Greens.

 (6) That the deputy chair shall act as chair when the chair is absent from a meeting of the committee or the position of chair is temporarily vacant.

 (7) That the chair, or the deputy chair when acting as chair, may appoint another member of the committee to act as chair during the temporary absence of both the chair and the deputy chair at a meeting of the committee.

 (8) That, in the event of an equally divided vote, the chair, or the deputy chair when acting as chair, have a casting vote.

 (9) That the committee have power to appoint subcommittees consisting of 3 or more of its members and to refer to any such subcommittee any of the matters which the committee is empowered to examine.

 (10) That the committee and any subcommittee have power to send for and examine persons and documents, 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.

 (11) 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.

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

Statements by leave: Senators Birmingham and Ludlam, by leave, made statements relating to the motion.

Question put.


The Senate divided—

AYES,31


Senators—
AbetzBushbyHumphriesNash
Adams (Teller)CashJohnstonParry
BackColbeckJoycePayne
BernardiEdwardsKrogerRyan
BirminghamEgglestonMacdonaldScullion
BoswellFierravanti-WellsMadiganSinodinos
BoyceFifieldMasonWilliams
BrandisFisherMcKenzie

NOES, 36


Senators—
ArbibDi NataleLudwigSiewert
BilykFarrellMarshallSingh
BishopFaulknerMcEwen (Teller)Stephens
Brown, BobFeeneyMilneSterle
Brown, CarolFurnerMooreThistlethwaite
CameronGallacherPolleyUrquhart
CollinsHanson-YoungPrattWaters
ConroyHoggRhiannonWong
CrossinLudlamSherryWright

Question negatived.