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STANDING ORDERS--PROPOSED AMENDMENTS

Senator Missen, pursuant to notice, moved--

(1) That Standing Orders 26, 27, 28, 28A, 29, 30, 31, 31A, 33 and 291 be amended to read as follows--

26. At the commencement of the sittings next ensuing after the 30th day of June following each periodical election, or at the commencement of the Session after a general election of the Senate, or whenever any vacancy shall occur, the Senate may appoint a Senator to be Deputy-President (Procedure) and a Senator to be Deputy-President (Committees), who, unless otherwise determined, shall hold office until the 30th day of June following the next periodical election for the Senate, or in the event of a dissolution of the Senate until the date of the Proclamation dissolving the Senate.

27. The Deputy-President (Procedure) and the Deputy-President (Committees) shall be appointed in a similar manner to the President.

28. The Deputy-President (Procedure) shall take the Chair of the Committee at the Table whenever a Committee of the Whole is constituted by the Senate or by these Standing Orders.

28A. The Deputy-President (Committees) shall perform such duties and exercise such authority in relation to the Standing, Select and Estimates Committees of the Senate and the Joint Committees of the Senate and the House of Representatives as the President may determine.

29. Unless and until the Senate otherwise orders, the Deputy-President (Procedure) shall perform the duties and exercise the authority of President in relation to all proceedings of the Senate, and the Deputy-President (Committees) shall perform the duties and exercise the authority of President in relation to the Standing, Select and Estimates Committees of the Senate and the Joint Committees of the Senate and the House of Representatives, until the next meeting of the Senate (whenever the Senate shall be informed by the Clerk at the Table of the absence of the President), and so on from day to day, on the like information being given to the Senate, until the Senate shall otherwise order:

Provided that, if the Senate shall adjourn for more than twenty-four hours, the Deputy-President (Procedure) and the Deputy-President (Committees) shall continue to perform the duties, and exercise the authority of President, for twenty-four hours only after such adjournment.

30. Should both the President and the Deputy-President (Procedure) be unavoidably absent, the Senators present, if a Quorum, may at once proceed to elect one of their number to act as President in relation to all proceedings of the Senate for that day only, the Question being put to the Senate by the Clerk.

Otherwise, the Senate stands adjourned to the next sitting day.

31. The Deputy-President (Procedure) shall take the Chair whenever requested so to do by the President during a sitting of the Senate, without any formal communication to the Senate.

31A. During the unavoidable absence of the Deputy-President (Procedure), the President may call upon any one of the Temporary Deputy-Presidents (Procedure) to relieve him temporarily in the Chair, without any formal communication to the Senate.

33. A Standing Orders Committee, to consist of the President, the Deputy- President (Procedure), the Deputy-President (Committees) and seven Senators, shall be appointed at the commencement of each Parliament, with power to act during Recess and to confer with a similar Committee of the House of Representatives.

291. The President shall be ex officio a member of the Standing Orders Committee, the Library Committee, and the House Committee, and not liable to be elected on any other; and if the Deputy-President (Procedure) or the Deputy- President (Committees) be elected to serve on a Committee, and shall decline to do so, a Senator shall be elected in his stead, in the same manner as the other Senators were elected.

(2) That proposed new Standing Orders 28B and 30A be agreed to, as follows:

28a. The President shall nominate at the commencement of every Parliament a panel of not less than two Senators who may act as Temporary Deputy- President (Procedure) when requested so to do by the Deputy-President (Procedure), or when the Deputy-President (Procedure) is absent.

30A. Should both the President and the Deputy-President (Committees) be unavoidably absent, the senior Chairman of Committees shall perform the duties and exercise the authority of President in relation to the Standing, Select and Estimates Committees of the Senate and the Joint Committees of the Senate and the House of Representatives, for that day only, and the appointment so made shall be notified to the Senate by the Deputy-President (Procedure).

(3) That, wherever occurring in the Standing Orders, the term ""Chairman of Committees'' or ""Chairman'', when referring to the office of the Chairman of Committees of the Whole, be amended to read ""Deputy-President (Procedure)''.

Debate ensued.

Question--put and negatived.