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Tuesday, 17 September 1974
Page: 1129

Senator MURPHY (New South WalesLeader of the Government in the Senate)

That- ( 1 ) Four Legislative and General Purpose Standing Committees appointed last Session be re-appointed, and be known, unless otherwise ordered, as the Standing Committees on-

(a)   Education, Science and the Arts;

(b)   Finance and Government Operations (this shall include finance for States, Statutory Authorities and Local Government);

(c)   Health and Welfare; and

(d)   Social Environment (this shall include housing, transport, communications and the provision of other facilities).

(2)   The Standing Committees re-appointed pursuant to paragraph ( 1 ) have power to inquire into and report upon such of those matters as were referred to the same Committees appointed during the previous Sessions of Parliament and were not disposed of by those Committees.

(3)   Each of the Standing Committees have power to consider the Minutes of Evidence and records of the same Standing Committee appointed during the previous Sessions.

(4)   Each Standing 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 to be nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate or by an Independent Senator.

(5)   The particular Standing Committees in respect of which the Liberal Party, the Australian Country Parry or the Independents make nominations shall be determined by agreement between those Parties and the Independents, and, in the absence of agreement duly notified to the President, the question as to the representation on any particlar Standing Committees as between those Parties and Independents shall be determined by the Senate.

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

(7)   The Chairman may from time to time appoint a member of the Committee to be Deputy-Chairman and the member so appointed shall an as Chairman of the Committee at any time when there is no Chairman or 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)   The quorum of a Committee shall be three.

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

(   1 1 ) A Standing Committee shall have power to appoint sub-committees consisting of three or more of its members, and to refer to any such sub-committee any of the matters which the Committee is empowered to consider. The quorum of a sub-committee shall be three Senators.

(   12) A Standing Committee or any sub-committee shall have power to send for and examine persons, papers and records, to move from place to place, and to meet and transact business in public or private session and notwithstanding any prorogation of the Parliament or dissolution of the House of Representatives.

(13)   Unless otherwise ordered by the Senate, all records and all documents received by a Committee during its inquiry shall remain in the custody of the Senate after the completion of that Committee 's inquiry.

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

(15)   Members of the public and representatives of the news media may attend and report any public session of a Standing Committee unless the Committee otherwise orders.

(   16) A Standing Committee shall be empowered to print from day to day such papers and evidence as may be ordered by it. A daily Hansard shall be published of such proceedings of the Committee as take place in public.

(17)   A Standing Committee shall be provided with all necessary staff, facilities and resources and shall be empowered to appoint persons with specialist knowledge for the purposes of the Committee.

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

(19)   A Standing Committee shall have leave to report from time to time its proceedings and the evidence taken and such recommendations as it may deem fit, and is expected to make regular reports as to the progress of the proceedings of the Committee.

(20)   The Senate authorities the televising of public hearings of the Committees, at the discretion of each such Committee, and under such rules as the Senate may adopt.

(21)   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.

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