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Wednesday, 13 November 1985
Page: 2037

Motion (by Senator Gareth Evans) agreed to:

That paragraph (1) of the Resolution agreed to by the Senate and the House of Representatives on 28 February 1985 and 27 February 1985, respectively, relating to the appointment of the Joint Select Committee on Electoral Reform, be amended to read as follows-

``(1) That a Joint Select Committee be appointed to inquire into and report upon-

(a) all aspects of the conduct of elections for the Parliament of the Commonwealth and matters related thereto, including:

(i) legislation governing, and the operation of, the Australian Electoral Commission,

(ii) the provision of `free' radio time for political messages during election periods,

(iii) the provisions of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 concerning the defamation of candidates for election,

(iv) tax deductibility of political donations, and

(v) the establishment of fixed formulae for determining the number of Senators and members of the House of Representatives to which the Australian Capital Territory, the Northern Territory and other territories are entitled; and

(b) such other matters relating to Australian electoral laws and practices as may be referred to it by either House of the Parliament.''.

``(2) That the foregoing Resolution be communicated to the House of Representatives by Message requesting its concurrence in the Resolution.