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Wednesday, 18 September 1996
Page: 3569

Motion (by Senator Panizza, on behalf of Senator Ellison) agreed to:

That the following matters relating to the Administrative Review Council (ARC) be referred to the Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by the last day in 1996:

The optimal role and function of the ARC and the relationship between the ARC and other relevant bodies including, but not limited to, the Attorney-General's Department, other Commonwealth departments, Commonwealth merits review tribunals, the Australian Law Reform Commission, tertiary institutions, the private sector, and territory and state agencies, with particular reference to:

(a)   the benefit of a separate and permanent administrative law advisory body;

(b)   the membership structure of the ARC;

(c)   the functions and powers of the ARC;

(d)   the effectiveness of the ARC in performing its functions and any obstacles to that effectiveness; and

(e)   the need for any amendment to Part V of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act.