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Wednesday, 20 March 1957

Mr MENZIES (Kooyong) (Prime Minister) . - I move -

(1)   That a joint committee be appointed to review such aspects of the working of the Constitution as the committee considers it can most profitably consider, and to make recommendations for such amendments of the Constitution as the committee thinks necessary in the light of experience.

(2)   That the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition in the House of Representatives be ex officio members of the committee.

(3)   That in addition, the following members of the House of Representatives, namely, Mr. Calwell, Mr. Downer, Mr. Drummond, Mr. Hamilton, Mr. Joske, Mr. Pollard, Mr. Ward and Mr. Whitlam, be appointed to serve on the committee.

(4)   That the Senate be requested to appoint four members of the Senate to serve on the committee, and to appoint one of those members to be the chairman of the committee.

(5)   That the chairman of the committee may, from time to time, appoint another member of the committee to be the deputy chairman of the committee, and that the member so appointed act as chairman of the committee at any time when the chairman is not present at a meeting of the committee.

(6)   That, in the absence of both the chairman and the deputy chairman from a meeting of the committee, the members present may appoint one of their number to act as chairman.

(7)   That the committee have power to appoint sub-committees consisting of four or more of its members, and to refer to any such sub-committee any matter which the committee is empowered to examine.

(8)   That the committee or any sub-committee have power to send for persons, papers and records, to adjourn from place to place and to sit during any adjournment of the Parliament and during the sittings of either House of the Parliament.

(9)   That the committee have power to consider the minutes of evidence and records of the Joint Committee on Constitution Review appointed in the previous session relating to any matter on which that committee had not completed its inquiry.

(10)   That the committee have leave to report from time to time, and that any member of the committee have power to add a protest or dissent to any report.

(11)   That six members of the committee constitute a quorum of the committee and two members of a sub-committee constitute a quorum of the sub-committee.

(12)   That, in matters of procedure, the chairman, or person acting as chairman of the committee, have a deliberative vote and, in the event of an equality of voting, have a casting vote, and that, in other matters, the chairman, or person acting as chairman, of the committee have a deliberative vote only.

(13)   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.

(14)   That a message be sent to the Senate acquainting it of this resolution and requesting that it concur and take action accordingly.

I need only say that the motion seeks the re-appointment of this committee, without alteration.

Dr Evatt - I second the motion.

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