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Wednesday, 28 March 1973
Page: 780

Debate resumed from 15th March (vide page 630), on motion by Mr Crean:

(1)   That a Joint Committee be appointed to inquire into and, as appropriate, report on -

(a)   complaints arising from prices charged by private industry;

(b)   movements in prices of goods and services in particular fields or sections of private industry, for example, as measured by price indices; and

(c)   such other matters relating to prices as may be referred to the committee by resolution of either House of the Parliament.

(2)   That the committee consist of four Members of the House of Representatives nominated by the Prime Minister, two Members of the House of Representatives nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the House of Representatives, one Member of the House of Representatives nominated by the Leader of the Australian Country Party in the House of Representatives, two Senators nominated by the Leader of the Government in the Senate and one Senator nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate.

(3)   That every nomination of a member of the committee be forthwith notified in writing to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

(4)   That the members of the committee hold office as a joint committee until the House of Representatives expires by dissolution or effluxion of time.

(5)   That the Prime Minister nominate one of the government members of the committee as Chairman.

(6)   That the Chairman of the committee may, from time to time, appoint another member of the committee to be the Deputy Chairman of the committee, and that the member so appointed act as Chairman of the committee at any time when the Chairman is not present at a meeting of the committee.

C7) That the committee have power to appoint subcommittees 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 examine-

(8)   That the committee have power to send for persons, papers and records, to move from place to place and to sit during any recess or adjournment of the Parliament.

(9)   That the committee have leave to report from time to time and that any member of the committee have power to add a protest or dissent to any report.

(10)   That five members of the committee constitute a quorum of the committee, and two members of a sub-committee constitute a quorum of that subcommittee.

(11)   That in matters of procedure the Chairman or Deputy Chairman presiding at the meeting have a deliberative vote and, in the event of any equality of voting, have a casting vote, and that, in other matters, the Chairman or Deputy Chairman have a deliberative vote only.

(12)   That the committee be provided with all necessary staff, facilities and resources.

(13)   That the committee recognise the need for co-operation between the Commonwealth and consumer protection bodies in the States.

(14)   That the foregoing provisions of this resolution, so far as they are inconsistent with the standing orders, have effect notwithstanding anything contained in the standing orders.

(15)   That a message be sent to the Senate acquainting it of this resolution and requesting that it concur and take action accordingly.







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