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Thursday, 13 May 1993
Page: 634


Senator TEAGUE (10.39 p.m.) —by leave—I move:

1.Standing Committee on Community Affairs:

add "Status of Women programs of Prime Minister and Cabinet".

2.After allocation of departments to the Standing Committee on Finance and Public Administration, insert the following committee and allocation:

  "Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade

    Defence

    Foreign Affairs and Trade".

3.  Omit:

  "Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology

    Industry, Technology and Regional Development

    Tourism

    Transport and Communications",

  substitute:

"Standing Committee on Industry, Science, Technology, Transport, Communications and Infrastructure

    Industry and Technology Programs of Industry, Technology and Regional Development

    Tourism

    Transport and Communications".

4.Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs:

  omit-  "Defence

     Foreign Affairs and Trade".

5.Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs:

add—  "Regional Development Programs of Industry, Technology and Regional Development".

We have only seen the negativing of the adjournment in order to keep faith with the earlier discussion from this evening so that the allocation of departments of the Government to the standing committees can be dealt with and determined according to the prior discussion and, as foreshadowed by Senator Faulkner, to incorporate the amendments that were also foreshadowed by Senator Walters and Senator Crane.

  This amendment gives an allocation of the departments of government to the eight standing committees in much the same form as the motion moved by Senator Faulkner but with two minor exceptions, that is, the Office of the Status of Women within the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet will be allocated to the Standing Committee on Community Affairs, as foreshadowed by Senator Walters, and the regional development part of the department of industry will be allocated to the Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs.

  The speeches earlier this evening by Senator Walters on the one hand and Senator Crane on the other have been incorporated into the amendment. In effect, we now have eight standing committees rather than the seven that were envisaged in the motion that was printed in the Notice Paper this morning, that is, the departments of foreign affairs and trade and defence are allocated to the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade.