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Thursday, 9 May 1985
Page: 2046

The following notice was given:

Mr Jacobi to move-

(1) That a Joint Standing Committee, to be known as the Joint Standing Committee for Business Affairs, be appointed:

(a) to review- (i) Commonwealth legislation with a view to removing- (A) provisions (including provisions that require information to be furnished to a person) that impose or may impose unreasonable burdens on business and on industry, and

(B) unnecessary or out-of-date provisions;

(ii) the administrative practices of Commonwealth Departments and instrumentalities, so far as those practices have an effect upon the operations of business and industry, with a view to ensuring that those practices do not impose unreasonable burdens and demands on business and on industry;

(iii) such laws and practices with a view to ensuring that, in respect of business and industry in Australia, they comply with international obligations assumed by Australia, including through the United Nations, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the International Labour Organisation;

(iv) suggestions for the improvement of Commonwealth laws and practices in relation to activities of business and industry, whether made by business, industry or consumer representative bodies or otherwise, and

(v) reports of commissions and other inquiries with a view to making recommendations for the enactment of laws that may be made by the Parliament concerning business, industry and consumers in Australia, and

(b) to recommend, in relation to the activities of business and industry, appropriate laws that may be made by the Parliament and that may have effect uniformly throughout Australia.

(2) That the committee, for the purpose of performing its functions, may consider any proposed law or other document or information available to it, notwithstanding that such proposed law, document or information has not been presented to the House.

(3) That the committee consist of 9 members, 3 Members of the House of Representatives to be nominated by either the Prime Minister, the Leader of the House or the Government Whip, 1 Member of the House of Representatives to be nominated by either the Leader of the Opposition, the Deputy Leader of the Opposition or the Opposition Whip, 1 Member of the House of Representatives to be nominated by either the Leader of the National Party, the Deputy Leader of the National Party or the National Party Whip, 2 Senators to be nominated by the Leader of the Government in the Senate, 1 Senator to be nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate and 1 Senator to be nominated by any minority group or groups or independent Senator or independent Senators.

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

(5) That the members of the committee hold office as a joint standing committee until the House of Representatives is dissolved or expires by effluxion of time.

(6) That the committee elect a Government member as its chairman.

(7) 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 at a meeting of the committee, the members present shall elect another member to perform the duties of the chairman at that meeting.

(8) That 3 members of the committee constitute a quorum of the committee.

(9) That the committee have power to appoint sub-committees consisting of 3 or more of its members and to refer to such a sub-committee any matter which the committee is empowered to inquire into.

(10) That the committee appoint the chairman of each sub-committee who shall have a casting vote only, and at any time when the chairman of a sub-committee is not present at a meeting of the sub-committee, the members of the sub-committee present shall elect another member of that sub-committee to perform the duties of the chairman at the meeting.

(11) That the quorum of a sub-committee be a majority of the members of that sub-committee.

(12) That members of the committee who are not members of a sub-committee may participate in the proceedings of that sub-committee but shall not vote, move any motion or be counted for the purpose of a quorum.

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

(14) That the committee, or any sub-committee, have power to move from place to place.

(15) That a sub-committee have power to adjourn from time to time and to sit during any adjournment of the Senate and of the House of Representatives.

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

(17) That the committee in its inquiries take account of the investigations of other parliamentary committees, avoid duplication, and take account of the investigations of other agencies and committees.

(18) That the committee have leave to report from time to time.

(19) 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.

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