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Senator Gietzelt, by leave, amended General Business, Notice of Motion No. 70, standing in his name.

Senator Gietzelt then, pursuant to notice, moved--

(1) (a) That a Joint Select Committee, to be known as the Joint Committee on the Electoral System, be appointed to inquire into and report upon all aspects of the conduct of elections for the Parliament of the Commonwealth and matters related thereto, including, without limiting the generality of the foregoing--

(i) public funding and disclosure of sources of funds,

(ii) electoral advertising,

(iii) franchise and registration of voters,

(iv) voting systems,

(v) polling procedures,

(vi) legislation governing, and operation of, the Australian Electoral Office, (vii) ballot paper format,

(viii) media coverage and the allocation of time by the Australian Broadcasting Commission, and

(ix) electoral distribution, procedures and systems.

(b) That provisions relating to the composition and powers of the Committee be contained in subsequent Resolutions.

(c) That the date on which the Committee shall commence its inquiry be contained in a subsequent Resolution.

(d) That the foregoing provisions of this Resolution be communicated to the House of Representatives by Message, requesting its concurrence in the Resolution.

(2) That, as soon as practicable after this Resolution is agreed to by the Senate, the President shall authorize public advertisements inviting submissions in relation to the matters referred to in paragraph (1) (a) of this Resolution, such submissions to be lodged with the Clerk of the Senate on or before 10 March 1982, and that any such submissions be presented to the Senate, and forwarded to the Committee in the event that the House of Representatives agrees to the establishment of the Committee.

Debate ensued.

And it being half-past ten p.m.--

Adjournment Negatived: The President, under Sessional Order, put the Question--That the Senate do now adjourn--

Which Question was negatived.

Suspension of Standing Orders: The Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator Carrick), by leave, moved--That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent new business being proceeded with this day.

Question--put and passed.

Debate continued.

Ordered--That the Question be divided.

Question--That paragraph (1) of the motion be agreed to--put and passed.

Question--That paragraph (2) of the motion be agreed to--put.

The Senate divided--

AYES, 28

Senator-- Senator-- Button McClelland Childs McIntosh Coates McLaren Coleman Macklin Colston Mason Elstob Mulvihill Evans Primmer Georges Ray, Robert Gietzelt Ryan Giles Siddons Grimes Tate Harradine Walsh Hearn Jones Teller: Keeffe Sibraa

NOES, 27

Senator-- Senator-- Archer Martyr Baume Messner Bjelke-Petersen Missen Carrick Reid Chaney Scott Crichton-Browne Teague Durack Thomas Guilfoyle, Townley Dame Margaret Walters Hamer Watson Hill Withers Jessop Young Kilgariff Lajovic Teller: MacGibbon Collard

And so it was resolved in the affirmative.