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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 war expenditure, and requesting the concurrence of the Senate therein and the appointment of three members of the Seriate to the committee, one to be named as chairman.

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

1.   That the Senate agrees to the appointment of a joint committee to examine current expenditure defrayed out of moneys voted by the Parliament for the defence services and other services directly connected with the war and to report what, if any, economies consistent with the execution of the policy decided on by the Government may be effected therein.

2.   That Senators Ashley. Clothier, and A. J. McLachlan be appointed to serve on such committee with members of the House of Representatives.

3.   That, notwithstanding anything contained in the Standing Orders -

(a)   Senator A.J. McLachlan be the chairman of the committee;

(b)   the committee have power to appoint sub-cominittees consisting of four or more of its members ; and to refer to any such sub-committees any of the matters which the committee is empowered toexamine:

(c)   the committee or any sub-coimnittee 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 :

(d)   the committee have leave to report from time to time its proceedings, and any member of the committee have power to add a protest or dissent to any report: (e)five members of the committee constitutea quorum of the committee and three members of a sub-committee constitute a quorum of that subcommittee:

(f)   in matters of procedure, the chairman of the committee havea deliberative vote and. in the event ofan equality of voting, have a casting vote, and in othermatters, a deliberative vote only: and

(g)   the committee have power, in cases where considerations of national security preclude the publication of any recommendations and of the arguments on which they are based, or both, to address a memorandum to the Prime Minister for the considera tion of the War Cabinet, but, on every occasion when the committee exercises this power, the committee shall report to the Parliament accordingly.

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

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