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Wednesday, 17 May 1972
Page: 2727


Mr BEAZLEY (Fremantle) - I move:

Omit the clause, insert the following clause:

12.   - (1.) The council shall consist of a Chairman and at least seven other members. (2.) The Chairman shall be appointed by the GovernorGeneral from a panel submitted by the Australian Academy of Science. (3.) Two members shall be appointed by the GovernorGeneral from a panel submitted by the Australian Marine Science Association. (4.) Two members shall be appointed by the GovernorGeneral from a panel submitted by the Great Barrier Reef Committee. (5.) One member shall be appointed by the GovernorGeneral from a panel submitted by the Geological Society of Australia. (6.) One member shall be a Senator elected by the Senate. (7.) One member shall be a Member of the House of Representatives elected by that House. (8.) Such other members as is deemed necessary from time to time, may be appointed by the GovernorGeneral, but so that of every three members of the Council two shall be persons possessing scientific qualifications. (9.) A member of the Council elected by either House of the Parliament holds office, subject to this Act, for such period, not exceeding five years as is fixed by that House at the time of his election. (10.) Subject to this Act each member appointed by the Governor-General holds office for such period, not exceeding five years, as is specified in the instrument of his appointment and on such terms and conditions as the GovernorGeneral determines, but is eligible for reappointment. (11.) An act or decision of the Council is not invalid by reason only of a vacancy or vacancies in the membership of the Council.'.

The Opposition proposes that the Council should consist of a chairman and at least 7 members instead of 4. The chairman should be appointed by the GovernorGeneral from a panel submitted by the Australian Academy of Science. The Opposition believes that it will be valuable if the whole field of related sciences is involved in the governing of this Institute; that there should be 2 members to be appointed by the Governor-General from a panel submitted by the Australian Marine Science Association; that there should be 2 members appointed by the GovernorGeneral from a panel submitted by the Great Barrier Reef Committee; that there should be a member appointed by the GovernorGeneral from a panel submitted by the Geological Society of Australia; that there should be a senator elected by the Senate and a member of the House of Representatives elected by that House; and that there should be such other members as is deemed necessary from time to time appointed by the Governor-General, but of every 3 members of the Council 2 should be persons possessing scientific qualifications. The Opposition believes that a member of the Council elected by either House of the Parliament should hold office, subject to this Act, for such period not exceeding 5 years as is fixed by that House at the time of his election; and that subject to this Act, each member appointed by the Governor-General should hold office for such period, not exceeding 5 years, as is specified in the instrument of his appointment and on such terms and conditions as the Governor-General determines, but would be eligible for re-appointment. The Opposition believes that an act or decision of the Council - this is taken from the existing clause - should not be invalid by reason only of a vacancy or vacancies in the membership of the Council.

We want this Council to be one which befits the institute of excellence that was envisaged by the former Prime Minister, the right honourable member for Higgins (Mr Gorton). Our proposed Council would comprise members with high qualifications and breadth of vision which we believe would help it to be an institute of excellence.







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