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Standing Orders Committee - Senate - Report - Third (new Standing Order 36)


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THE PARL1AMENT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA 1970-Parliamentary Paper No. 85

The Senate

REPORT FROM THE

STANDING ORDERS COMMITTEE

RELATIN G TO

NEW STANDING ORDER 36 PUBLICATIONS COMMITTEE

DATED 3 JUNE 1970

Laid on the Table by th e Deputy-President and

ordered to be printed 3 June 1970

OOMMONWEALIB GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE CANBERRA: 1970

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MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE

The President, Senator the Honourable Sir Alister McMullin, K.C.M.G. (Chairman)

The Chairman of Committees, Senator T. L. Bull, o.B.E.

The Leader of the Government in the Senate, Senator the Honourable Sir Kenneth Anderson

The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, Senator L. K.

Murphy, Q. C.

Senator J. L. Cavanagh

Senator Sir M agn us Cormack, K.B.E.

Senator R. H . Lacey

Senator R. G. Withers

Se nato r the Honourable R. C. Wright

PrintcJ b! .\111 h11rinĀ· t-~ th~ Go\t:-rnmer.t Printe r or the Comm.,nwealth of Australia

THE SENATE

REPORT FROM THE STAl~DING ORDERS COMMITTEE

On 22 April 1970, the Senate agreed to the following Resolution: That the matter of the extension of the powers of the Printing Committee be referred to the Standing Orders Committee with a request that the Committee recommended an amendment to Standing Order 36 to give effect to recomĀ­

mendation 67 of the Joint Select Committee on Parliamentary and Government Publications.

2. The matter has been considered by the Standing Orders Committee, which makes the following Report. 3. As stated by the Minister in moving to refer the matter to the Standing Orders Committee, tbe Joint Select Committee on Parliamentary and

Government Publications recommended in its Report, presented to the Senate in May 1964, that there should be a continuing parliamentary review of Commonwealth printing and publishing. The Committee considered that the exis ting Printing Committees of both Houses could not undertake the task

as th ey were severely restri cted in their powers. It went on to recommend, therefore, that a Joint Committee should be appointed with p ower not only to review the printing and publication of both parliamentary and government publications but also to undertake the function of the exi ting P rinting

Committees . 4. On 26 November 1968, in a statement on Government P ub lishing Policy, it was announced that th e Government had accepted the Joint Committee's recommendation and that the Treasurer proposed to seek the views of the Presiding Officers in connection with its in1plementation. The Presiding Officers advised that the proposed committee could be established

in any one of three ways:

( l) by legislation, as in the case of the Public Works or Public Accounts Committees; ( 2) by resolution of both Houses at the commencem or of each

Parliament, as in the case of the Australia n Capital Territory and Foreign Affairs Committees; or ( 3 ) by amendment of the Standing Orders of both Ho uses which at present provide for the appointment of the exi ting Printing

Committees.

S. Both Mr Preside nt and Mr Speaker indicated to the Treasurer that they considered the mos t appropriate way to give effect to the proposal was by amendment of the Standing Orders. They suggested that the new Standing Order for each House mi ght be framed in such a way as to enable each

House, independently, through its Committee, to continue to exerci e the ex isting Printing Commit tee funct ion of considering which petiti ons and papers presented to that House should be printed whilst providing th at, when sitting together as a Joint Committee, the intended additional responsibilities

and powers may be exercised.

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6. The Presiding Offi cers proposed to the Government that the matter might be referred to the Standing Orders Committee of each House for a recommendation of an appropriate amendment to the Standing Orders. 7. The Standing Orders Committee of the Senate, having considered the proposal, recommends th at existing Standing Order 36 be left out and thar the foll owing new Standing Order be inserted in its place:

36.-(1.) A Publications Committee, to consist of seven Senators, shall be appointed at the commencement of each Parliament, with power to confer or sit as a Joint Committee with a similar Committee of the House of Representatives. (2.) All Petitions and Papers presented to the Senate which have not been ordered' to be printed by either House of the Parliament shall stand referred to the Committee, which shall report from time to time as to what Petitions and Papers ought to be printed, and whether wholly or 'in part:

Provid ed that when a Paper has been laid on the Table, a Motion may be made at any time, without notice, that the Paper be printed. (3.) When conferring with a similar Committee of the House of Representatives, the Committee shall al so have power:

(a) to inquire into and report on the printing, publication and distribution of Parlia mentary and Govern ment Public ations and on such matters as are referred to it by the Treasurer, and (b) to send for persons, papers and records.

The Senate, 2 June 1970

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T. L. B U LL,

Deputy-President of the Senate

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