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Thursday, 10 March 1977
Page: 109

Mr HOWARD (Bennelong) (Minister for Business and Consumer Affairs) - I move:

(   1 ) That a Select Committee be appointed:

(a)   to examine the significance and potential of tourism in the Australian economy and whether it has special features in comparison with other industries, with particular reference to its effects on:

(i)   employment,

(ii)   balance of payments aspects,

(iii)   the community's knowledge of Australia and the Australian heritage,

(iv)   community health and welfare, and

(   v) regional development and decentralisation;

(b)   to identify the short and long term issues facing the industry in Australia;

(c)   to examine the importance of the various modes of transport in the development of tourism to and within Australia;

(d)   to examine the roles and responsibilities of the Commonwealth, State and local governments and the industry in relation to the development and promotion of tourism;

(e)   to assess the adequacy and the availability of statistical and other information relating to tourism, and

(   f) to report on its investigations into these matters and to recommend action that might be taken by the Commonwealth Government or by the Commonwealth Government in co-operation with State and local governments and the tourist industry to alleviate any problems identified by the committee during the course of its investigations.

(2)   That the committee recognise the responsibility of the States in these matters and seek their co-operation in all relevant aspects.

(3)   That the committee consist of 8 members, 5 to be nominated by the Prime Minister and 3 to be nominated by the Leader of the Opposition.

(4)   That every nomination of a member of the committee be forthwith notified in writing to the Speaker.

(5)   That the committee elect as Chairman of the committee one of the members nominated by the Prime Minister.

(6)   That the committee elect a Deputy Chairman who shall perform the duties of the Chairman of the committee at any time when the Chairman is not present at a meeting of the committee, and at any time when the Chairman and Deputy Chairman are not present shall elect another member to perform the duties of the Chairman at that meeting.

(7)   That the committee have power to appoint subcommittees consisting of 3 or more of its members, and to appoint the Chairman of each sub-committee who shall have a casting vote only, and refer to any such sub-committee any matter which the committee is empowered to examine.

(8)   That a majority of the members of a sub-committee constitute a quorum of that sub-committee.

(9)   That members of the committee who are not members of a sub-committee may take part in the public proceedings of that sub-committee but shall not vote or move any motion or constitute a quorum.

(10)   That the committee or any sub-committee have power to send for persons, papers and records.

(11)   That the committee have power to move from place to place.

(12)   That any sub-committee have power to move from place to place, adjourn from time to time and to sit during any sittings or adjournment.

(13)   That the committee or any sub-committee have power to authorise publication of any evidence given before it and any document presented to it.

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

(   1 5 ) That the committee in selecting particular matters for investigation take account of the investigations of other Parliamentary committees and avoid duplication.

(   16) 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 the committee's report

(17)   That the committee or any sub-committee have power to consider and make use of the minutes of evidence and records of the House of Representatives Select Committee on Tourism appointed in the First Session of the Thirtieth Parliament

(18)   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.

Honourable members will recall that a Select Committee on Tourism was established by the previous Parliament and that the report of the Committee had not been tabled when Parliament was prorogued. The terms of reference proposed in this motion are in precisely the same terms as those under which the previous Committee operated. I am sure that all honourable members will wish this important work to continue and will lend their support to the motion.

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