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Tuesday, 9 May 1972
Page: 1462


The PRESIDENT - I bring up the sec ond report of the Senate House Committee. It relates to the provision of staff and other facilities for members of Parliament. It reads as follows:

1.   At its meetings held on 13th April 1972 and 27th April 1972, the Committee considered the matter of provision of staff and other facilities for members of the Parliament, necessary for the discharge of their parliamentary duties.

2.   The Committee reports the following Resolution to the Senate, as a statement of principle:

(1)   That it is inconsistent with the constitutional relationship between Parliament and the Executive Government that the need or justification for the provision of any staff or other facilities for members of Parliament, necessary for the discharge of their parliamentary duties, should be determined by any agency of the Executive Government.

(2)   That it is therefore not proper that Senators should have to make application to the Prime Minister, Minister for the Interior or other Minister or their Departments, for the staff or other facilities necessary to carry out the duties of their offices, whether as Senators or as office bearers of the Senate, such as the President, Chairman of Committees, Leaders or Deputy Leaders of Opposition parties or Whips.

(3)   That the proper course is that the appropriation by Parliament for such staff and other facilities for the Senate, its members and office bearers, should be administered by the President acting, where necessary, with the advice of the Senate House Committee and subject to any direction of the Senate; and that insofar as it may be convenient for such staff and facilities to be provided by Departments or Branches of the Executive Government, such agencies should act purely as service agencies on the authority of and in accordance with arrangements made with the President.

Ordered that the report be printed.

Motion (by Senator Sir Kenneth Anderson) agreed to:

That consideration of the report be made an order of the day for the next day of silting.







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