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Standing Committee System - Senate Select Committee - Second Report


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THE PARLIAMENT OF TH~~ COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA.

THE SENATE.

SECOND REPORT ~ • • 1 • 1

FROM THE

SELECT COMMIT1~EE

APPOINTED TO CONSIDER, REPORT, AND MAK.E REPQM)\{~ij~ATH)f'i$ P!1P~

TlIE ADYlSABILITY~ OR OTHERWIS~ OF ESlAl3LISHING STANDING COiVIMITTEES OF THE ·SENATE UPON-

(~) STATlJTOlff RULES ANP. ORPJNANOES, (b) INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, (c) FINANCE,

(d) PRIVATE MEMBERS' BILLS,

~ND/ OR

SUCH OTHER SUBJECTS AS !IJl Y BE DEEMED AD)TJSABLE.

Brought up and ordered to be printed, 10th July, 1930.

Printed and Published for the GOVERNMENT of the COMMONWEALTH of AUSTRALIA by H. J. GREEN, Government Printer, Canberra. No. S.2.- F.2077.-PRICE 3n.

EXTRACTS FROM THE JOURNALS OF THE SENATE.

THURSDAY, lsT MAY, 1930.

STANDING COMMITTEE SYSTEM-REPORT FROM SELECT CoMMITTEE.-Senator Sir · Hal Colebatch, pursuant to . notice, moved-That the Report from the Select Committee on the Standing Committee System be adopted. Debate ensued. Ordered-That the debate be adjourned till Thursday next, and that the Vice-President of the Executive Council

(Senator Daly) have leave to continue his speech on the resumption of the debate.

THURSDAY, 8TH MAY, 1930.

STANDING CoMMIITEE SYSTEM-REPORT FROM SELECT CoMMITTEE.-Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the motion (by Senator Sir Hal Colebatch), viz.-That the Report from the Select Committee on the Standing Committee· System be adopted. The Vice-President of the Executive Council (Senator Daly) moved an amendment, viz.-leave out the word

" adopted " and im,ert in lieu thereof the words " recommitted with a view to consideration by that Committee of the following suggestions :-(a) That clause 1. (c) be struck out and the following clause inserted in lieu thereof:-1. (c) That such Standing Committee shall consist of seven Senators and shall be appointed at the

commencement of each session in the following manner :-(a) The Leader of the Government in the Senate shall, within four days from the commencement of the session, appoint, in writing, four Senators to be members of the Committee ; and

(b) The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate shall, within four days from the commencement of the session, appoint, in writing, three Senators to be members of the Committee. That such Committee shall have power to send for persons, papers, and records, and

that fou:r members shall form a quorum.

(b) That clause 2. be struck out."

And the amendment having been seconded by Senator Sir. George Pearce­ And Senator Daly having, by leave, amended his amendment--Question proposed-That the motion be amended by leaving out the word "adopted " with a view to inserting in lieu thereof the

word " recommitted ". -Debate ensued. On the motion of Senator Dunn the debate was adjourned. Ordered-That the resumption of the debate be an Order of the Day for Thursday next.

THURSDAY, 15TH MAY, 1930.

STANDING COMMITTEE SYSTEM-REPORT FROM SELECT CoMMITTEE.-Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the motion (by Senato!' Sir Hal Colebatch), viz.-That the Report from the Select Committee on the Standing Committee System be adopted ; and on the following amendment moved thereto by the Vice­ President of the Executive Council (Senator Daly), viz.-Leave out the word "adopted" and insert the word " recommitted " in lieu thereof. Amendment agreed to. Motion, as amended, agreed to.

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SECOND REPORT.

The Select Committee of the Senate appointed to consider, report and make recommendations upon the advisability or otherwise of establishing Standing Committees of the Senate upon-( a) Statutory Rules and Ordinances,

(b) International Relations,

(c) Finance,

(d) Private Members' Bills,

and/or such other subjects as m~y be deemed advisable, has the honour to report to the Senate as follows :-1. Your Committee's First Report having been recommitted by a motion of the Senate agreed to on Thursday, 15th May, 1930, the recommendations contained therein have since been the subject of further consideration by the Committee, as a result of which your Committee :submits the following recommendations:-

1. (a) That a Standing Committee of the Senate, to be called the Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances, be established. (b) That all Regulations and Ordinances laid on the Table of the Senate be referred to such Committee for consideration and report. (c) That such Standing Committee shall consist of seven Senators and shall be

appointed at the commencement of each session in the following manner :-(1 ) The Leader of the Government in the Senate shall, within four days from the commencement of the session, appoint, in writing, four Senators to be members of the Committee; and (2) The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate shall, within four days

from the commencement of the session, appoint, in writing, three Senators to be members of the Committee. (d) That such Committee shall have power to send for persons, papers, and records, and that four members shall form a quorum.

2. That the question of the procedure to be adopted in the Senate as a result of the ,establishment of the Standing Committee recommended be referred by the Senate for the ,consideration of the Standing Orders Committee, with the following requests :-(a) That the Standing Orders be amended in such a manner as to facilitate

the reference of Bills to a Select or Standing Committee. (b) That provision be made for the appointment of such further Standing Committees , as the Senate may from time to time desire to establish.

3. That an extension of time be granted to your Committee to enable it to give further ,consideration to the question of the establishment of a Standing Committee on External Affairs, .and, if necessary, take additional evidence on the subject.

Senate Committee Room, 10th July, 1930.

HAL COLEBATCH, Acting Chairman.

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