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PARLIAMENTARY PRIVILEGE-JOINT SELECT COMMITTEE

-Message from the House of Representatives: The following Message from the House of Representatives was reported: MR PRESIDENT, Message No. 9 The House of Representatives transmits to the Senate the following Resolution which was agreed to by the House of Representatives this day, and requests that the Senate concur and take action accordingly: (1) That a joint select committee be appointed to review, and report whether any changes are desirable in respect of- (a) the law and practice of parliamentary privilege as they affect the Senate and the House of Representatives, and the Members and the committees of each House;

(b) the procedures by which cases of alleged breaches of parliamentary privilege may be raised, investigated and determined, and

(c) the penalties that may be imposed for breach of parliamentary privilege.

(2) That the committee consist of 10 members, 3 Members of the House of Representatives to be nominated by the Prime Minister, the Leader of the House or the Government Whip, 2 Members of the House of Representatives to be nominated by the Leader of the Opposition, the Deputy Leader to the Opposition or the Opposition Whip, 2 Senators to be nominated by the Leader of the Government in the Senate, 2 Senators to be nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate and 1 Senator to be nominated by any minority group or groups or independent Senator or independent Senators.

(3) That every nomination of a member of the committee be forthwith notified in writing to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

(4) That, in addition to electing a chairman, the committee elect a deputy chairman who shall perform the duties of the chairman of the committee at any time when the chairman is not present at a meeting of the committee, and at any time when the chairman and deputy chairman are not present at a meeting of the committee the members shall elect another member to perform the duties of the chairman at that meeting.

(5) That 5 members of the committee constitute a quorum of the committee.

(6) That the committee have power to send for persons, papers and records, and to move from place to place.

(7) That the committee have power to consider and make use of the evidence and records of the Joint Select Committee on Parliamentary Privilege appointed during the previous Parliament.

(8) That the committee have power to authorise publication of any evidence given before it and any document presented to it.

(9) That the committee have leave to report from time to time.

(10) That the foregoing provisions of this resolution, so far as they are inconsistent with the standing orders, have effect notwithstanding anything contained in the standing orders.

House of Representatives, H. A. JENKINS, Canberra, 4 May 1983 Speaker The Manager of Government Business (Senator Grimes) moved- (1) That the Senate concurs in the Resolution transmitted to the Senate by Message No. 9 of the House of Representatives relating to the appointment of a Select Committee on Parliamentary Privilege.

(2) That the provisions of the Resolution, so far as they are inconsistent with the Standing Orders, have effect notwithstanding anything contained in the Standing Orders.

(3) That the foregoing Resolution be communicated to the House of Representatives by Message.

Question-put and passed.