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46    Electoral Matters—Joint Standing Committee—Membership—Commonwealth Electoral Amendment Bill 2016

A message from the House of Representatives was reported as follows:

Message no. 550, dated 22 February 2016—Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters, and transmitting for the concurrence of the Senate the following resolution:

That for the purposes of the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters inquiry into the Commonwealth Electoral Amendment Bill 2016:

                 (1)   Participating members may be appointed to the committee on the nomination of the Leader of the Government in the Senate, the Leader of Opposition in the Senate, or any minority group or independent Senator;

                 (2)   Such participating members:

                  (a)   shall be taken to be a member of the committee for the purposes of forming a quorum if a majority of members of the committee are not present; and

                  (b)   may participate in hearings of evidence and deliberations of the committee and have all rights of a committee member except that a participating member may not vote on any question before the committee.

The Minister for Indigenous Affairs (Senator Scullion), by leave, moved—That the Senate concurs with the resolution.

Question put and passed.