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AUSTRALIAN CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION

The Minister for Resources and Energy (Senator Gareth Evans), at the request of the Manager of Government Business (Senator Grimes) and pursuant to notice, moved-That the Senate, recognising the desirability of a thorough review of the Australian Constitution in the light of experience since its establishment and of modern day requirements, agrees that the Commonwealth Parliament continue its participation in the Australian Constitutional Convention established to review the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution and accordingly resolves: (1) That, for the purposes of the Convention- (a) a Delegation from the Commonwealth Parliament take part in the deliberations of the Convention, and comprise 12 members of the Parliament of whom 4 shall be members of the Senate and 8 shall be Members of the House of Representatives;

(b) the 4 members of the Senate comprise 2 members of the Australian Labor Party, one member of the Opposition and one member of the Australian Democrats.

(2) That- (a) 2 Senators being members of the Australian Labor Party, nominated by the Leader of the Government in the Senate;

(b) one Senator being a member of the Opposition, nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate; and

(c) one Senator being a member of the Australian Democrats, nominated by the Leader of that Party in the Senate, be members of the Delegation.

(3) That the Prime Minister or his nominee be the Leader of the Delegation, and the Leader of the Opposition or his nominee be the Deputy Leader.

(4) That a member of the Delegation cease to be such a member if- (a) he ceases to be a member of the Commonwealth Parliament;

(b) the House of Parliament of which he is a member terminates his appointment; or

(c) he resigns as a member of the Delegation by writing addressed to the President of the Senate or the Speaker of the House of Representatives, as the case requires.

(5) That where, because of illness or any other cause, a member of the Delegation is not available to attend a meeting, or part of a meeting, of the Convention, the Leader or senior available member of that member's Party may nominate an alternative member and the member so nominated shall be a member of the Delegation for that meeting, or that part of that meeting.

(6) That, in the event of a member of the Delegation ceasing to be such a member, the Leader of that member's Party in the House from which that member was drawn may nominate another member (being a member of the House of which the first-mentioned member is or was a member) to replace the first-mentioned member.

(7) That the Leader of the Delegation from time to time make a report for presentation to each House of the Parliament on matters arising out of the Convention, and that the Deputy Leader of the Delegation may make an accompanying report.

(8) That a Message be sent to the House of Representatives acquainting it of the Resolution agreed to by the Senate.

On the motion of Senator Durack the following amendments were, by leave, taken together, debated and agreed to: Paragraph (1) (a), leave out ''4'', insert ''5''.

Paragraph (1) (a), leave out ''8'', insert ''7''.

Paragraph (1) (b), leave out ''4'', insert ''5''.

Paragraph (1) (b), leave out ''one member'' (first occurring), insert ''2 members''.

Paragraph (2) (b), leave out ''one Senator being a member'', insert ''2 Senators being members''.

Paragraph (8), at end of paragraph, add ''and requesting that the House reconsider the Resolution transmitted to the Senate by Message No. 111.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.