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NOTICES OF MOTION

Notices of Motion were given, as follows-- The Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Chipp): That, on the next day of sitting, he would move--

(1) That a Select Committee, to be known as the Select Committee on South West Tasmania, be appointed to inquire into and report upon--

(a) the natural values of South West Tasmania to Australia and the world; (b) federal responsibility in assisting Tasmania to preserve its wilderness areas of national and international importance, including appropriate financial assistance; and

(c) the future energy needs of Tasmania and energy options outside South West Tasmania.

(2) That the Committee consist of six Senators, as follows:

(a) three to be nominated by the Leader of the Government in the Senate; (b) two to be nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate; and (c) one to be nominated by the Leader of the Australian Democrats.

(3) That the Committee proceed to the despatch of business notwithstanding that all members have not been duly nominated and appointed and notwithstanding any vacancy.

(4) That the Chairman of the Committee be appointed by and from the members of the Committee.

(5) That the Chairman of the Committee may, from time to time, appoint another member of the Committee to be the Deputy-Chairman of the Committee, and that the member so appointed act as Chairman of the Committee at any time when there is no Chairman or the Chairman is not present at a meeting of the Committee.

(6) That, in the event of an equality of voting, the Chairman, or the Deputy-Chairman when acting as Chairman, have a casting vote.

(7) That three members of the Committee be necessary to constitute a meeting of the Committee for the exercise of its powers.

(8) That the Committee or any sub-committee have power to send for and examine persons, papers and records, 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 it may deem fit.

(9) That the Committee have power to appoint sub-committees consisting of three or more of its members, and to refer to any such sub-committee any of the matters which the Committee is empowered to consider, and that the quorum of a sub-committee be a majority of the Senators appointed to the sub- committee.

(10) 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.

(11) 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.

(12) That, except where the Committee by vote otherwise decides, its hearings of evidence be open to the public.

(13) That the Committee report to the Senate by the first sitting day in 1982.

(14) That, if the Senate be not sitting when the Committee has completed its report, the Committee may send its report to the President of the Senate or, if the President is not available, to the Chairman of Committees, who is authorised to give directions for its printing and circulation and, in such event, the President or Chairman of Committees shall lay the report upon the Table at the next sitting of the Senate.

(15) 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.

Senator Walsh: That (contingent on the President proceeding to the placing of business on any day) he would move--That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent Senator Walsh moving a motion relating to the business on the Notice Paper so as to give precedence over all other business to the Western Australian Aboriginals (Right to Electoral Enrolment) Bill 1981.

Senator McClelland: That, on the next day of sitting, he would move--That the Senate calls upon the Government to report to the Senate its response to the recommendations of the Standing Committee on Finance and Government Operations in its

reports on statutory authorities of the Commonwealth.

Senator Robertson: That, on the next day of sitting, he would move--That the Senate calls upon the Government to report to the Senate its response to the recommendations of the Senate Standing Committee on National Resources in its report on replacement of petroleum based fuels.

Senator Sibraa: That, on the next day of sitting, he would move--That the Senate calls upon the Government to report to the Senate its response to the recommendations of the Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence in its report on Australian Defence Procurement.

Senator Elstob: That, on the next day of sitting, he would move--That the Senate calls upon the Government to report to the Senate its response to the recommendations of the Joint Committee on Publications in its report on Annual Reports of Commonwealth Departments and Statutory Authorities.

Senator Coleman: That, on the next day of sitting, she would move--That the Senate calls upon the Government to report to the Senate its response to the recommendations in the report of the Joint Select Committee on the Family Law Act.

Senator Missen: That, on the next day of sitting, he would move--

(1) That Standing Orders 26, 27, 28, 28A, 29, 30, 31, 31A, 33 and 291 be amended to read as follows--

26. At the commencement of the sittings next ensuing after the 30th day of June following each periodical election, or at the commencement of the Session after a general election of the Senate, or whenever any vacancy shall occur, the Senate may appoint a Senator to be Deputy-President (Procedure) and a Senator to be Deputy-President (Committees), who, unless otherwise determined, shall hold office until the 30th day of June following the next periodical election for the Senate, or in the event of a dissolution of the Senate until the date of the Proclamation dissolving the Senate.

27. The Deputy-President (Procedure) and the Deputy-President (Committees) shall be appointed in a similar manner to the President.

28. The Deputy-President (Procedure) shall take the Chair of the Committee at the Table whenever a Committee of the Whole is constituted by the Senate or by these Standing Orders.

28A. The Deputy-President (Committees) shall perform such duties and exercise such authority in relation to the Standing, Select and Estimates Committees of the Senate and the Joint Committees of the Senate and the House of Representatives as the President may determine.

29. Unless and until the Senate otherwise orders, the Deputy-President (Procedure) shall perform the duties and exercise the authority of President in relation to all proceedings of the Senate, and the Deputy-President (Committees) shall perform the duties and exercise the authority of President in relation to the Standing, Select and Estimates Committees of the Senate and the Joint Committees of the Senate and the House of Representatives, until the next meeting of the Senate (whenever the Senate shall be informed by the Clerk at the Table of the absence of the President), and so on from day to day, on the like information being given to the Senate, until the Senate shall otherwise order:

Provided that, if the Senate shall adjourn for more than twenty-four hours, the Deputy-President (Procedure) and the Deputy-President (Committees) shall continue to perform the duties, and exercise the authority of President, for twenty-four hours only after such adjournment.

30. Should both the President and the Deputy-President (Procedure) be unavoidably absent, the Senators present, if a Quorum, may at once proceed to elect one of their number to act as President in relation to all proceedings of the Senate for that day only, the Question being put to the Senate by the Clerk. Otherwise, the Senate stands adjourned to the next sitting day.

31. The Deputy-President (Procedure) shall take the Chair whenever requested so to do by the President during a sitting of the Senate, without any formal communication to the Senate.

31A. During the unavoidable absence of the Deputy-President (Procedure), the President may call upon any one of the Temporary Deputy-Presidents (Procedure) to relieve him temporarily in the Chair, without any formal communication to the Senate.

33. A Standing Orders Committee, to consist of the President, the Deputy- President (Procedure), the Deputy-President (Committees) and seven Senators, shall be appointed at the commencement of each Parliament, with power to act during Recess and to confer with a similar Committee of the House of Representatives.

291. The President shall be ex officio a member of the Standing Orders Committee, the Library Committee, and the House Committee, and not liable to be elected on any other; and if the Deputy-President (Procedure) or the Deputy-President (Committees) be elected to serve on a Committee, and shall decline to do so, a Senator shall be elected in his stead, in the same manner as the other Senators were elected.

(2) That proposed new Standing Orders 28B and 30A be agreed to, as follows:

28B. The President shall nominate at the commencement of every Parliament a panel of not less than two Senators who may act as Temporary Deputy- President (Procedure) when requested so to do by the Deputy-President (Procedure), or when the Deputy-President (Procedure) is absent.

30A. Should both the President and the Deputy-President (Committees) be unavoidably absent, the senior Chairman of Committees shall perform the duties and exercise the authority of President in relation to the Standing, Select and Estimates Committees of the Senate and the Joint Committees of the Senate and the House of Representatives, for that day only, and the appointment so made shall be notified to the Senate by the Deputy-President (Procedure).

(3) That, wherever occurring in the Standing Orders, the term ""Chairman of Committees'' or ""Chairman'', when referring to the office of the Chairman of Committees of the Whole, be amended to read ""Deputy-President (Procedure)''.

Senator McLaren: That, on the next day of sitting, he would move--That the Senate fully supports the following motions which were carried at the Annual General Meeting of the Mid-North Regional Organisation (Region 8--South Australia) held at Lyndoch on Friday, 14 August 1981 :

(1) That the Region in conjunction with the Local Government Association bring to the attention of State and Federal parliamentarians, the considerable concern felt by Local Government at the impact of their funding and other policies which disadvantage Councils particularly:

(a) the shift of responsibilities transferred to Local Government which has not been accompanied by a corresponding allocation of Federal and State financial resources to the levels necessary for maintaining the system; and (b) the absence of any positive moves by the State Government to carry out its election policies in easing the financial plight of Local Government by contributing its own resources through the Grants Commission in the form of untied grants to Local Government.

(2) That the Region contact all Federal and State parliamentarians representing South Australia and inform them of the State's unjust treatment in comparison to the other States in the allocation of road funds by the Federal Government which has declined to an unacceptable level in recent times.

Senator Missen: That, on the next day of sitting, he would move--

(1) (a) That a Standing Committee of the Senate, to be known as the Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Bills, be appointed to report, in respect of the clauses of Bills introduced into the Senate, and in respect of Acts of the Parliament, whether such Bills or Acts, by express words or otherwise--

(i) trespass unduly on personal rights and liberties;

(ii) make rights, liberties and obligations unduly dependent upon insufficiently defined administrative powers or non-reviewable administrative decisions ; or

(iii) inappropriately delegate legislative power or insufficiently subject its exercise to parliamentary scrutiny.

(b) That the Committee, for the purpose of reporting upon the clauses of a Bill when the Bill has been introduced into the Senate, may consider any proposed law or other document or information available to it, notwithstanding that such proposed law, document or information has not been presented to the Senate.

(2) (a) That the Committee consist of six Senators, three being members of the Government to be nominated by the Leader of the Government in the Senate, and three being Senators who are not members of the Government, to be nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate or by any minority group or groups or Independent Senator or Independent Senators.

(b) That the nominations of the Opposition or any minority group or groups or Independent Senator or Independent Senators shall be determined by agreement between the Opposition and any minority group or groups or Independent Senator or Independent Senators, and, in the absence of agreement duly notified to the President, the question as to the representation on the Committee shall be determined by the Senate.

(3) That the Committee proceed to the despatch of business notwithstanding that all members have not been duly nominated and appointed and notwithstanding any vacancy.

(4) That the Committee elect as Chairman one of the members nominated by the Leader of the Government.

(5) That the Chairman of the Committee may, from time to time, appoint another member of the Committee to be the Deputy-Chairman of the Committee, and that the member so appointed act as Chairman of the Committee at any time when there is no Chairman or the Chairman is not present at a meeting of the Committee.

(6) That, in the event of an equality of voting, the Chairman, or the Deputy-Chairman when acting as Chairman, have a casting vote.

(7) That three members of the Committee be necessary to constitute a meeting of the Committee for the exercise of its powers.

(8) That the Committee have power to send for and examine persons, papers and records, to move from place to place, and to sit in public or in private, notwithstanding any prorogation of the Parliament or dissolution of the House of Representatives.

(9) That the Committee be empowered to appoint with the approval of the President counsel to advise the Committee.

(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.