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Thursday, 3 July 1941

Message received from the House of Representatives intimating that it had agreed to the appointment of a joint committee to inquire into and report upon social and living conditions in Australia, and requesting the concurrence of the Senate therein, and the appointment of two members of the Senate to the committee.

Motion (by Senator McLeay) - by leave - proposed -

1.   That the Senate agrees to the appointment of a jointcommittee to inquire into and. from time to time, report upon ways and means of improving social and living conditions in Australia and of rectifying any anomalies in existing legislation.

2.   That Senators Cooper and Keane he appointed to serve on such committee with members of the House of Representatives. 3.That, notwithstanding anything contained in the Standing Orders -

(a)   the 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; and have leave to report from time to time the evidence taken : (b.) the committee have leave to report from time to time its proceedings, and any member of the committee may add a protest or dissent to any report;

(c)   three members of the committee con- stitute a quorum;

(d)   the member of the House of Repre sentatives appointed by that House to be the chairman of the committee be the chairman of the committee; and

(e)   in matters of procedure, the chairman of the committee have a deliberative vote and, in the event of an equality of voting, have a casting vote, and, in other matters, a deliberative vote only.

4.   That these resolutions be communicated to the House of Representatives by message.

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