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Notice given 16 June 2003

471  Chair of the Select Committee on Medicare (Senator McLucas): To move—That the time for the presentation of the report of the Select Committee on Medicare be extended to 8 October 2003.

475  Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Faulkner): To move—

(1) That a select committee, to be known as the Select Committee on Ministerial Discretion in Migration Matters, be appointed to inquire into and report, by 3 November 2003, on the following matters:

(a) the use made by the Minister for Immigration of the discretionary powers available under sections 351 and 417 of the Migration Act 1958 since the provisions were inserted in the legislation;

(b) the appropriateness of these discretionary ministerial powers within the broader migration application, decision-making, and review and appeal processes;

(c) the operation of these discretionary provisions by ministers, in particular what criteria and other considerations applied where ministers substituted a more favourable decision; and

(d) the appropriateness of the ministerial discretionary powers continuing to exist in their current form, and what conditions or criteria should attach to those powers.

(2) That the committee consist of seven senators, three nominated by the Leader of the Government in the Senate, three nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, and one nominated by minority groups and independent senators.

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

(4) That the chair of the committee be elected by the committee from the members nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate.

(5) That the deputy chair of the committee be elected by the committee from the members nominated by the Leader of the Government in the Senate.

(6) That the deputy chair act as chair when there is no chair or the chair is not present at a meeting.

(7) That the quorum of the committee be three members.

(8) That, in the event of the votes on any question before the committee being equally divided, the chair, or deputy chair when acting as chair, have a casting vote.

(9) 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, and have leave to report from time to time its proceedings and the evidence taken and such interim recommendations as it may deem fit.

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

(11) That the quorum of a subcommittee be two members.

(12) 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.

(13) 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.