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Friday, 3 December 1965

(e)   the Leader of the Opposition in the House of Representatives;

(f)   a member of the Opposition in the Senate or the House of Representatives appointed jointly by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate and the Leader of the Opposition in the House of Representatives;

(g)   eight members of the House of Repre sentatives, four of whom shall be appointed by the Prime Minister and four by the Leader of the Opposition in that House; and

(h)   four senators, two of whom shall be appointed by the Leader of the Government in the Senate and two by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate.

(3)   That the member of the committee referred to in paragraph (c), (d), (e) or (f) of paragraph (2) of this resolution have power to appoint a member of the House of Representatives or a senator to attend the committee when the member of the committee is not present at a meeting of the committee.

(4)   That a person so appointed, when attending a meeting of the committee, be deemed to be a member of the committee.

(5)   That every appointment of a member of the committee, and every appointment under paragraph (3) of this resolution, be forthwith notified in writing to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

(6)   That the members of the committee hold office as a joint committee until the House of Representatives expires by dissolution or effluxion of time.

(7)   That the committee have power to appoint sub-committees consisting of six or more of its members and to refer to such a sub-committee any matter that the committee is empowered to inquire into.

(8)   That the committee, or a sub-committee so appointed, have power to send for persons, papers and records and to sit during any adjournment or recess of the Parliament and during the sitting of either House of the Parliament.

(9)   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.

(10)   That ten members of the committee, including the Chairman or Deputy Chairman, constitute a quorum of the committee and four members of a sub-committee constitute a quorum of the sub-committee.

(11)   That, in matters of procedure, the Chairman or Deputy Chairman presiding at a meeting have a deliberative vote and, in the event of any equality of votes, have a casting vote and that, in other matters, the Chairman or Deputy Chairman have a deliberative vote only.

(12)   That the foregoing provisions of this resolution, in so far as they are inconsistent with the Standing Orders, have effect notwithstanding anything contained in the Standing Orders.

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

This is the first step in the direction of establishing a new and permanent Parliament House in the capital of the nation. This obviously will be a requirement of the future. We propose to establish a committee so that the first steps in that direction may be taken, on an all party basis and a basis of representation of both Houses of the Parliament.

This building was designed as a temporary building. It has been added to; it has been cobbled in various ways; but we all know that it has many grave defects. One of them is that the accommodation for private members, whose work becomes increasingly heavy year by year, is most inadequate. It must be extremely difficult for members, sitting two or three or whatever the number may be in a room, to attend to their proper constituency work, or to make their preparations for affairs in the House. It is also unsatisfactory to have a state of affairs in which the Executive arm - the Ministers - is interwoven with other people and, indeed, immediately subject to the transit of newspaper representatives in the House. This is not very satisfactory. It gives rise to a lot of strange speculation. I do not need to labour the point. What is needed in a new building must be carefully considered by people who are competent to consider it.

Mr Calwell - Who will appoint the officers to the Permanent Parliament House Committee?

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