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Tuesday, 30 May 1989
Page: 2976


Senator ROBERT RAY (Manager of Government Business in the Senate) —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

(1) That a joint select committee be appointed to-

(a) consider regulations proposed by the Minister under the Migration Act 1958 which prescribe decision criteria for the grant of visas and entry permits; and

(b) examine whether those regulations:

(i) reflect current and announced policies in relation to the grant of visas and entry permits as at 1 June 1989; and

(ii) lead to outcomes which would be consistent with those achieved under the policies referred to in sub-paragraph 1 (b) (i).

(2) That the committee consist of 10 members, 3 Members of the House of Representatives to be nominated by the Government Whip or Whips, 3 Members of the House of Representatives to be nominated by the Opposition Whip or Whips, 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.

(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 committee elect a Government member as its Chairman.

(5) That the Committee elect a Deputy-Chairman who shall act as 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 act as Chairman at that meeting.

(6) That 5 members of the committee constitute a quorum of the committee.

(7) That the Committee have power in relation to its functions to send for persons, papers and records.

(8) That-

(a) in respect of proposed regulations received from the Minister before 31 October 1989 the committee shall furnish its observations to the Minister before 21 November 1989 and report to each House of Parliament within 5 sitting days of the tabling of those regulations; and

(b) in respect of proposed regulations received by the Committee after 31 October 1989 the Committee shall furnish its observations to the Minister within 56 days (unless the Minister declares the regulation urgent, in which case it shall be 28 days) and shall report to both Houses of Parliament within 5 sitting days of the tabling of those regulations.

(9) That the Committee cease upon the dissolution or expiration of the House of Representatives.

(10) 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.

(11) That the foregoing provisions of this Resolution be communicated by Message to the House of Representatives with a request for the concurrence of that House in the Resolution.