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Thursday, 29 March 1973
Page: 872

Debate resumed from 15 March (vide page 627), on motion by Mr Whitlam:

(1)   That a Joint Committee be appointed to consider and report on -

(a)   foreign affairs and defence generally; and

(b)   such matters as may be referred to the committee -

(i)   by the Minister for Foreign Affairs;

(ii)   by the Minister for Defence; or

(iii)   by resolution of either House of the Parliament.

(2)   That the committee consist of eight Members of the House of Representatives nominated by the Prime Minister, four Members of the House of Representatives nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the House of Representatives, two Members of the House of Representatives nominated by the Leader of the Australian Country Party in the House of Representatives, four Senators nominated by the Leader of the Government in the Senate, two Senators nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, one Senator nominated by the Leader of the Australian Country Party in the Senate and one Senator nominated by the Leader of the Australian Democratic Labor Party in the Senate.

(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 the members of the committee hold office as a joint committee until the House of Representatives expires by dissolution or effluxion of time.

(5)   That the Prime Minister nominate one of the government members of the committee as Chairman.

(6)   That the Chairman of the committee may. from time to time, appoint another member of the committee to be the Deputy Chairman of the committee, and that the member so appointed act as Chairman of the committee at any time when the Chairman is not present at a meeting of the committee.

(7)   That the committee have power to appoint subcommittees consisting of four or more of its members and to refer to any such sub-committee any of the matters which the committee is empowered to consider.

(8)   That the committee or any sub-committee have power to send for and examine persons, pipers and records, to move from place to place and to meet and transact business in public or private session and notwithstanding any prorogation of the Parliament.

(9)   That the committee have leave to report from time to time and that any member of the committee have power to add a protest or dissent to any report.

(10)   That seven members of the committee constitute a quorum of the committee and three members of a sub-committee constitute a quorum of that subcommittee.

(11)   That, in the event of an equality of voting, the Chairman, or the Deputy Chairman when acting as Chairman, have a casting vote.

(12)   That the committee have power to consider and make use of the minutes of evidence and records of the Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs, appointed in the previous Parliament, relating to any matter on which thai committee had not completed its consideration.

(13)   That the committee be provided with all necessary staff, facilities and resources and be empowered with the approval of the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, to appoint persons with specialist knowledge for the purposes of the committee.

(14)   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.

(15)   That a message be sent to the Senate acquainting n of this resolution and requesting that it concur and take action accordingly.







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