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Wednesday, 14 August 1974
Page: 871


The PRESIDENT -Is leave granted? There being no dissent, leave is granted. (The document read as follows)-

Mr President,I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move-

That the Senate affirms the decision taken by resolution of the Senate on 31 May 1973 that the Australian Parliament join with the Parliaments of the States in the Constitutional Convention to be convened to review the Australian Constitution in September of that year, and at such subsequent times as the Convention from time to time determined, and agrees:

(   1 ) That, for the purposes of the Convention-

(a)   a Delegation from the Australian Parliament consisting of sixteen members of the Parliament take part in the deliberations of the Convention, of whom six shall be members of the Senate and ten shall be members of the House of Representatives;

(b)   the six members of the Senate comprise three members of the Australian Labor Party, two members of the Liberal Party of Australia, and one member of the Australian Country Party.

(2)   That-

(   a ) the Leader of the Government in the Senate, Senator the Honourable L. K. Murphy, Q.C., and two other Senators, being members of the Australian Labor Party, nominated by him;

(   b ) Two Senators, being members of the Liberal Party of Australia, nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate; and

(c)   one Senator, being a member of the Australian Country Party, nominated by the Leader of that Party in the Senate; be members of the Delegation:

(3)   That the Prime Minister be the Leader of the Delegation, and the Leader of the Opposition be the Deputy Leader.

(4)   That a member of the Delegation cease to be such a member if-

(a)   he ceases to be a member of the Australian Parliament;

(   b ) the House of the Parliament of which he is a member terminates his appointment; or

(c)   he resigns as a member of the Delegation by writing addressed to the President of the Senate or the Speaker of the House of Representatives, as the case requires:

(5)   That where, because of illness or other cause, a member of the Delegation is not available to attend a meeting, or part of a meeting, of the Convention, the Leader or senior available member of the Party in the House from which the member was drawn may nominate an alternate member ( being a member of the House of which the firstmentioned member is a member) and the member so nominated shall be a member of the Delegation for that meeting, or that part of that meeting:

(6)   That, in the event of a member of the Delegation ceasing to be such a member, the Leader of the Party in the House from which the member was drawn may nominate another member ( being a member of the House of which the first-mentioned member is or was a member) to replace the first-mentioned member

(7)   That the Leader of the Delegation from time to time make a report for presentation to each House of the Parliament on matters arising out of the Convention, and that the Deputy Leader of the Delegation may make an accompanying report.







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