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Thursday, 31 May 1973
Page: 2940


Mr WHITLAM (Werriwa) (Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs) - I move:

The House of Representatives, recognising the desirability of a thorough review of the Australian Constitution in the light of experience since its establishment and of modern day requirements, welcomes the opportunity for the Australian Parliament to participate with the Parliaments of the States in the Constitutional Convention to be convened for this purpose in September of this year, and at such subsequent times as the Convention from time to time determines, and agrees:

(1)   That the Australian Parliament join with the Parliaments of the States in the Convention:

(2)   That, for the purpose of the Convention -

(a)   a Delegation from the Australian Parliament consisting of sixteen members of the Parliament take part in the deliberations of the Convention, of whom six shall be appointed by the Senate and ten shall be appointed by the House of Representatives;

(b)   the ten members appointed by the House of Representatives comprise five members of the Australian Labor Party, three members of the Liberal Party of Australia and two members of the Australian Country Party:

(3)   That the Prime Minister, the Honourable E. G. Whitlam, Q.C., the Honourable K. E. Enderby, Mr R. Jacobi, Dr R. T. Gun and Mr G. G. D. Scholes, being members of the Australian Labor Party, the Leader of the Opposition, the Right Honourable B. M. Snedden, Q.C., the Honourable N. H. Bowen, Q.C., and and the Honourable D. J. Killen. being Members of the Liberal Party of Australia, the Right Honourable J. D. Anthony and the Honourable I. M. Sinclair, being members of the Australian Country Party, are appointed members of the Delegation:

(4)   that the Prime Minister be the Leader of the Delegation, and the Leader of the Opposition be the Deputy Leader:

(5)   that a member of the Delegation cease to be such a member if -

(a)   he ceases to be a member of the Australian Parliament;

(b)   the House of the Parliament by which be has been appointed terminates his appointment; or

(c)   he resigns as a member of the Delegation by writing addressed to the President of the Senate or the Speaker of the House of Representatives, as the case requires:

(6)   that where, because of illness or other cause, a member of the Delegation is not available to attend a meeting of (be Convention, the Leader or senior available member of the Party in the House from which the member was drawn may nominate an alternate member (being a member of the House by which the first mentioned member was appointed) and the member so nominated shall be a member of the Delegation for that meeting:

(7)   In the event of the death or resignation of a member of the Delegation, the Leader or senior available member of the Party in the House from which the member was drawn may nominate another member (being a member of the House by which the first-mentioned member was appointed) to replace the firstmentioned member until that House appoints a member in his place:

(8)   that the Leader of the Delegation from time to time make a report for presentation to each House of the Parliament on matters arising out of the Convention, and that the Deputy Leader of the Delegation may make an accompanying report.







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