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Thursday, 5 December 2013
Page: 1761

The DEPUTY SPEAKER ( Mr Broadbent ) (12:11): Madam Speaker has received a message from the Senate informing the House that the Senate has agreed to the following resolution:

That the resolution of appointment of the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters be amended to provide for participating membership, as follows:

After paragraph (3), insert:

   (3A) for the purposes of the inquiry into the 2013 election only, participating members may be appointed to the committee on the nomination in the House of Representatives, of the Government or Opposition Whips or any minority group or independent Member, and, in the Senate, of the Leader of the Government or Opposition, or any minority group or independent Senator, and such participating member:

   (a) shall be taken to be a member of the committee for the purposes of forming a quorum if a majority of members of the committee are not present; and

   (b) may participate in hearings of evidence and deliberations of the committee and have all rights of a committee member except that a participating member may not vote on any question before the committee.