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Thursday, 10 March 1977
Page: 110


Mr VINER (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs) (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs) - I move:

(   1 ) That a Joint Select Committee be appointed to examine and report on-

(a)   the operation of provisions of the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 relating to the identification of traditional owners of Aboriginal land and the means of establishing the views of such owners to the satisfaction of the relevant Land Council;

(b)   the adequacy of provisions of the laws of the Northern Territory relating to entry to Aboriginal land, the protection of sites of significance, wildlife conservation and entry to seas adjoining Aboriginal land, and

(c)   any other matters referred by the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs.

(2)   That the committee consist of the S members of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs nominated by the Prime Minister, the 3 members of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs nominated by the Leader of the Opposition, and 3 Senators nominated by the Leader of the Government in the Senate and 3 Senators nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate.

(3)   That every nomination 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 nominated by the Prime Minister or by the Leader of the Government in the Senate.

(5)   That the committee elect a Deputy Chairman who shall perform the duties of the Chairman of the committee at any time when the Chairman is not present at a meeting of the committee, and at any time when the Chairman and Deputy Chairman are not present at a meeting of the committee, the members present shall elect another member to perform the duties of the Chairman at that meeting.

(6)   That the committee have power to appoint subcommittees consisting of 3 or more of its members and to refer to any sub-committee any of the matters which the committee is empowered to examine.

(7)   That the committee or any sub-committee have power to send for persons, papers and records, to move from place to place and to sit during any adjournment of the Parliament.

(8)   That 7 members of the committee constitute a quorum of the committee, and a majority of the members of a subcommittee constitute a quorum of that sub-committee.

(9)   That in matters of procedure the Chairman or Deputy Chairman presiding at the meeting 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.

(10)   That the committee be provided with all necessary staff, facilities and resources.

(11)   That the committee or a sub-committee have power to authorise publication of any evidence given before it and any document presented to it.

(12)   That the committee have leave to report from time to time, that its final report be presented by 18 August 1977 and that any member of the committee have power to add a protest or dissent to any report.

(13)   That the committee or any sub-committee have power to consider and make use of the minutes of evidence and records of the Joint Select Committee on Aboriginal Land Rights in the Northern Territory appointed during the First Session of the Thirtieth Parliament.

(14)   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.

(15)   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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