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16       Administration of Sports Grants—Select Committee—Appointment

The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Wong) Leader of the Opposition in the Senate , also on behalf of Senators Farrell and Rice, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 382—

(1)               That a select committee, to be known as the Select Committee on Administration of Sports Grants, be established to inquire into and report on the administration and award of funding under the Community Sport Infrastructure Grant Program, with particular reference to:

(a)                  program design and guidelines;

(b)                  requirements placed on applicants for funding;

(c)                  management and assessment processes;

(d)                 adherence to published assessment processes and program criteria;

(e)                  the role of the offices of the Minister, the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, and any external parties, in determining which grants would be awarded and who would announce the successful grants; and

(f)                   any related programs or matters.

(2)              That the committee present its final report on or before Tuesday, 24 March 2020.

(3)              That the committee consist of 5 senators, as follows:

(a)                  2 nominated by the Leader of the Government in the Senate;

(b)                  2 nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate; and

(c)                  1 nominated by the Leader of the Australian Greens in the Senate.

(4)             That:

(a)                  participating members may be appointed to the committee on the nomination of the Leader of the Government in the Senate, the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate or any minority party or independent senator; and

(b)                  participating members may participate in hearings of evidence and deliberations of the committee, and have all the rights of members of the committee, but may not vote on any questions before the committee.

(c)                  a participating member shall be taken to be a member of a committee for the purpose of forming a quorum of the committee if a majority of members of the committee is not present.

(5)              That the committee may proceed to the dispatch of business notwithstanding that not all members have been duly nominated and appointed and notwithstanding any vacancy.

(6)             That the committee elect as chair one of the members nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate and as deputy chair the member nominated by the Leader of the Australian Greens in the Senate.

(7)              That the deputy chair shall act as chair when the chair is absent from a meeting of the committee or the position of chair is temporarily vacant.

(8)             That, in the event of an equality of voting, the chair, or the deputy chair when acting as chair, have a casting vote.

(9)             That the committee have power to appoint subcommittees consisting of 3 or more of its members, and to refer to any such subcommittee any of the matters which the committee is empowered to consider.

(10)          That the committee and any subcommittee have power to send for and examine persons and documents, to move from place to place, to sit in public or in private, notwithstanding any prorogation of the Parliament or dissolution of the House of Representatives, and have leave to report from time to time its proceedings and the evidence taken and such interim recommendations as it may deem fit.

(11)            That the committee be provided with all necessary staff, facilities and resources and be empowered to appoint persons with specialist knowledge for the purposes of the committee with the approval of the President.

(12)           That the committee be empowered to print from day to day such papers and evidence as may be ordered by it, and a daily Hansard be published of such proceedings as take place in public.

Question put and passed.