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Monday, 15 March 1971

Debate resumed from 25 February (vide page 413), on motion by Senator Sir Kenneth Anderson:

That, with reference to the Report by the President upon Committees of the Australian Senate -

(1)   In relation to the Estimates Committees -

(a)   The Senate adopts the recommendation that not more than two Committees should sit simultaneously;

(b)   Meetings of the Committees should be held, when possible, in the Senate Chamber and Senate Committee Room, L. 17; and

(c)   The additional Estimates, as contained in the Papers presenting the Particulars of proposed Provision for Additional Expenditure, should be referred to the Committees in the same manner as the annual Estimates.

(2)   In relation to the Legislative and General Purpose Standing Committees -

The Senate, believing that there should be a clear recognition of the different roles to be performed by Standing Committees and Select Committees, and affirming the need for the continuing role of each, resolves -

(a)   That the Standing Committee system be varied, in the manner set out in the following paragraphs;

(b)   That each Standing Committee consist of six Senators, three to be appointed by the Leader of the Government in the Senate, two by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, and one by the Leader of the Australian Democratic Labor Party or by any minority group or groups or Independent or Independents, in the manner referred to in paragraphs (4) and (5) of the Resolution of the Senate dated 19 August 1970;

(c)   That the quorum of a Standing Committee be four;

(d)   That the Committees to be next fully established be -

(i)   the Standing Committee on Education, Science and the Arts; and

(ii)   the Standing Committee on Social Environment;

(e)   That, unless otherwise ordered, matters referred to Standing Committees should relate to subjects which can be dealt with expeditiously; and

(f)   That the Senate authorises the televising of public hearings of Standing and Select Committees, at the discretion of each such Committee.

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