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Notice given 19 August 2002

120  Senator Ray: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) the claims in the Age newspaper of 15 August 2002 that the McGauran family is financially supporting the Democratic Labour Party of Australia (DLP) in its attempt to retain registration under the provisions of the Electoral Act,

(ii) that two of the three Victorian National Party representatives in the Federal Parliament are from the McGauran family and have, on occasions, relied on DLP preferences,

(iii) the comments of the DLP Secretary, Mr John Mulholland, when he said, ‘It would be in Senator Julian McGauran’s interests for the DLP to survive this de-registration moved by the Electoral Commission’, and

(iv) the immense amount of money made by the McGauran family from its poker machine interests in Altona, some of which is apparently going to fund the DLP’s legal expenses; and

(b) calls on Senator McGauran and the Minister for Science (Mr McGauran), to explain their knowledge of their family’s involvement in funding the DLP’s legal bills.

125  Senators Brown and Nettle: To move—

(1) That a select committee, to be known as the Select Committee on the Possible Support by Australia of a United States Invasion of Iraq, be appointed to inquire into and report by 1 December 2002 on the following matters:

(a) the potential human, political, economic, environmental and other consequences in Iraq and elsewhere of United States of America (US) military action against Iraq;

(b) the potential human, political, economic, environmental and other costs to Australia of participating in or supporting US military action against Iraq;

(c) international and domestic legal considerations for US or Australian military action against Iraq;

(d) Australia’s military, economic, political, environmental and other capability to be involved in military action against Iraq;

(e) Australia’s history of involvement in US military action, particularly in Afghanistan;

(f) the Australian Government’s public and diplomatic stance on potential military action against Iraq;

(g) the role of the Australian Parliament in the decision on potential military action against Iraq; and

(h) opportunities for Australia to participate in nation building, development support or other alternatives in order to achieve peace, democracy and stability in Iraq and the region.

(2) That the committee consist of 8 senators, 3 nominated by the Leader of the Government in the Senate, 3 nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, and 2 nominated by minority groups and independent senators.

(3) That the committee may proceed to the dispatch of business notwithstanding that not all members have been duly nominated and appointed and notwithstanding any vacancy.

(4) That the chair of the committee be Senator Brown, Australian Greens Senator for Tasmania.

(5) That the deputy chair of the committee be elected by and from the members of the committee.

(6) That the deputy chair act as chair when there is no chair or the chair is not present at a meeting.

(7) That, in the event of the votes on any question before the committee being equally divided, the chair, or deputy chair when acting as chair, have a casting vote.

(8) That the quorum of the committee be three members with one representing the Government, one representing the Opposition, and one representing minority groups and independent senators.

(9) That the committee and any subcommittee have power to send for and examine persons and documents, to move from place to place, to sit in public or in private, notwithstanding any prorogation of the Parliament or dissolution of the House of Representatives, and have leave to report from time to time its proceedings and the evidence taken and such interim recommendations as it may deem fit.

(10) That the committee have power to appoint subcommittees consisting of 3 or more of its members and to refer to any such subcommittee any of the matters which the committee is empowered to consider.

(11) That the committee be provided with all necessary staff, facilities and resources and be empowered to appoint persons with specialist knowledge for the purposes of the committee with the approval of the President.

(12) That the committee be empowered to print from day to day such documents and evidence as may be ordered by it and a daily Hansard be published of such proceedings as take place in public.