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Wednesday, 20 March 1957

Motion (by Mr. Fairhall) agreed to -

(1)   That a joint committee be appointed to -

(a)   examine and report on all proposals for modifications or variations of the plan of lay-out of the City of Canberra and its environs published in the " Commonwealth of Australia Gazette " on the nineteenth day of November, 1925, as previously modified or varied, which are referred to the committee by the Minister for the Interior; and

(b)   examine and report on such other matters relating to the Australian Capital Territory as may be referred to the committee by the Minister for the Interior.

(2)   That the committee consist of two members of the House of Representatives appointed by the Prime Minister, two members of the House of Representatives appointed by the Leader of the Opposition in the House of Representatives, three senators appointed by the Leader of the Government in the Senate and two senators appointed by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate.

(3)   That every appointment 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 as chairman of the committee one of the members appointed by the Leader of the Government in the Senate.

(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 the committee have power to appoint sub-committees consisting of three or more of its members and to refer to such a sub-committee any matter which the committee is empowered to examine.

(7)   That the committee have power to send for persons, papers and records and to sit during any adjournment of the Parliament and during the sittings of either House of the Parliament.

(8)   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.

(9)   That five members of the committee, including the chairman or deputy chairman, constitute a quorum of the committee, and two members of a sub-committee constitute a quorum of the sub-committee.

(10)   That in matters of procedure the chairman or deputy chairman presiding at the meeting shall 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 deputy chairman have a deliberative vote only.

(11)   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.

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







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