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STANDING ORDERS--STANDING COMMITTEE--5TH REPORT FOR 59TH SESSION

The Senate, according to Order, resolved itself into Committee for the further consideration of the Fifth Report of the Standing Orders Committee for the Fifty-ninth Session.

In the Committee

Consideration resumed of Item 9 (Reflections upon the Judiciary) And of the motion moved by the Minister for Veterans' Affairs (Senator Messner), viz: That Item 9 be noted.

Question--put and passed.

Item 10 (Standing Order 68.- Introduction of New Business after 10.30 p.m.)-- The Attorney-General (Senator Durack) moved--That the proposed amendment to Standing Order 68 be agreed to.

Question--put and passed.

Item 11 (Suspension of Senators)--

Senator Durack moved--That the proposed amendment to Standing Order 441 be agreed to.

Debate ensued.

Question--put and passed.

Item 12 (Other Matters)--

Senator Durack moved--That Item 12 be noted.

Senator Harradine moved an amendment, viz: At end of motion, add "", but the Committee requests the Standing Orders Committee to reconsider the Standing Orders relating to the seconding of motions and amendments in the light of suggestions made during this debate''.

Debate continued.

Question--That the words proposed to be added be added--put and passed.

Main Question, as amended--put and passed.

Resolutions to be reported.

The Deputy-President resumed the Chair; and the Temporary Chairman of Committees (Senator Young) reported that the Committee had considered the Fifth Report of the Standing Orders Committee for the Fifty-ninth Session and had resolved that--

(1) Items 2, 4, 6, 7, 8 and 9 be noted;

(2) Item 1 be noted, but the Committee requests the Standing Orders Committee to look again at the improvement of the questioning process in the Senate in the light of the suggestions made during the Committee's debate; (3) Item 3 be noted, but the Committee requests the Standing Orders Committee to look again at the procedure for presentation of Committee Reports in the light of the suggestions made during the Committee's debate;

(4) Item 5 (i) be noted, and the Committee requests that the Standing Orders Committee further consider this matter and that in its consideration the Standing Orders Committee have regard to the desire of the Senate to consider a draft Standing Order to permit Estimates Committees to take evidence in camera; (5) Item 5 (ii) be noted, but that the consideration of any matters relating to the staffing of Committees of the Senate arising from the Standing Orders Committee Report be deferred till the Senate has received the report of the Select Committee on Parliament's Appropriations and Staffing;

(6) Item 5 (iii) be noted, and the Committee requests the Standing Orders Committee to prepare and present to the Senate an amendment to the Standing Orders to enable House of Representatives Ministers to appear before and give evidence to Senate Estimates Committees ;

(7) Item 12 be noted, but the Committee requests the Standing Orders Committee to reconsider the Standing Orders relating to the seconding of motions and amendments in the light of suggestions made during the Committee's debate; and (8) the proposed amendments to Standing Orders 68 and 441 be agreed to.

On the motion of Senator Durack the Report from the Committee of the Whole was adopted.