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Thursday, 15 August 1974
Page: 959

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

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


(   1 ) Unless otherwise ordered, the annual Estimates, as contained in the Papers presenting the Particulars of Proposed Expenditure, and the Additional Estimates, as contained in the Papers presenting the Particulars of Proposed Provision for Additional Expenditure, shall on motion be referred for examination and report to seven Committees, to be known as Estimates Committees A, B, C, D, E, F and G, which are appointed by this Resolution.

(2   ) Unless otherwise ordered, each Committee shall consist of six Senators, three being members of the Government Party to be nominated by the Leader of the Government in the Senate, and three being Senators who are not members of the Government Party.

(3)   Non-Government representation upon the Committees shall be as follows: Opposition (Liberal Party)- Fourteen Senators, two to each Committee, to be nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate. Australian Country Party- Five Senators, one to each of five Committees, to be nominated by the Leader of the Australian Country Party in the Senate. The Leader of the Liberal Movement, Senator Hall, to one Committee, to be nominated by him. Senator Townley (Independent), to one Committee, to be nominated by him.

(4)   The particular Committees to which the nonGovernment Parties and Senator Hall and Senator Townley make nominations shall be determined by agreement between those Parties and Senator Hall and Senator Townley, and, in the absence of agreement duly notified to the President, the question as to the representation on any particular Committee as between those Parties and Senator Hall and Senator Townley shall be determined by the Senate.

(5)   Each Committee may proceed to the despatch of business notwithstanding that all members have not been appointed and notwithstanding any vacancy.

(6)   Each Committee shall elect a Government member as Chairman.

(7)   The Chairman may from time to time appoint another member of the Committee to be DeputyChairman and the member so appointed shall act as Chairman of the Committee at any time when the Chairman is not present at a meeting of the Committee.

(8)   In the event of an equality of voting, the Chairman, or the Deputy-Chairman when acting as Chairman, shall have a casting vote.

(9)   Three members of a Committee shall constitute a quorum.

(10)   A Senator, though not a member of a Committee, may attend and participate in its deliberations, and question witnesses, unless the Committee orders otherwise, but shall not vote.

(11)   The Committees shall sit in open session, unless otherwise ordered, may sit during any adjournment or suspension of the Senate, and may adjourn from time to time.

(12)   A Committee shall not meet while the Senate is actually sitting, unless by special order of the Senate.

(13)   Not more than three Committees shall sit simultaneously.

(14)   In considering the Estimates, the Chairman shall, without motion, call on divisions of expenditure in the order decided upon and declare the proposed expenditure open for examination.

(15)   The Committees may ask for explanations from Ministers of State in the Senate, or officers, relating to the items of proposed expenditure.

(16)   The Resolution referring the Estimates to the Committees may fix a day for the reporting of their proceedings to the Senate, by which day the final Reports of the Committees shall be brought up.

(   17) The Report of a Committee shall be presented to the Senate by the Chairman and, if considered necessary, may propose the further consideration of any particular items. A reservation by any member of a Committee may be added to the Report.

(18)   The Reports from the Committee shall be received by the Senate without debate and their consideration deferred until consideration of the Appropriation Bills.

(19)   A Hansard report of Committee proceedings shall be circulated, in manner similar to the daily Senate Hansard, as soon as practicable after each day's proceedings.

(20)   The foregoing provisions of this Resolution, so far as they are inconsistent with the Standing Orders, shall have effect notwithstanding anything contained in the Standing Orders.

Senate Select Committee on Foreign Ownership and Control

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