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Standing Orders Committee - Senate - Report - Seventh (Senate Committees sitting after dissolution of House of Representatives)


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THE PARLIAMENT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA 1972—Parliamentary Paper No. 222

The Senate

SEVENTH REPORT FROM THE

STANDING ORDERS COMMITTEE

SENATE COMMITTEES SITTING AFTER DISSOLUTION OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Laid on the Table by the President and

ordered to be printed 27 October 1972

COMMONWEALTH GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE CANBERRA: 1973

MEMBERS OF THE COM M ITTEE

The President, Senator the Honourable Sir Magnus Cormack, k .b .e . ( C h a i r m a n )

The Chairman of Committees, Senator E. W. Prowse

The Leader of the Government in the Senate, Senator the Honour­ able Sir Kenneth Anderson, k .b .e .

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

The Leader of the Democratic Labor Partv, Senator the Honourable V. C. Gair

Senator J. L. Cavanagh

Senator P. E. Rae

Senator L. D. Wilkinson

Senator R. G. Withers

Senator H. W. Young

Printed by Authority by the Government Printer of the Commonwealth of Australia

THE SENATE

STANDING ORDERS COMMITTEE

Seventh Report

The Standing Orders Committee makes the following report to the Senate.

2. Consideration has been given to the question of Senate committees sitting after the dissolution of the House of Representatives.

3. This question raises matters of profound constitutional and parliamentary importance which require careful inquiry and deliberation. As the time available during the remainder of the present session is inadequate to complete

such study, further consideration has been deferred.

4. The Standing Orders Committee at this stage recommends to the Senate, without prejudice to any constitutional rights, that Senate committees he directed to refrain from meeting and transacting business after the forth­ coming dissolution of the House of Representatives, except with the per­ mission of the President.

M agnus Cormack President of the Senate

and

Chairman of the Standing Orders Committee

27 October 1972

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