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Wednesday, 2 May 1973
Page: 1586

Mr DALY (Grayndler) (Leader of the House) - I move:

(1)   That the modification of the Senate be disagreed to and the following modification be made in place thereof:

Paragraph (5), omit the paragraph, insert the following paragraph:

(5)   That the committee elect as Chairman of the Committee one of the members nominated by the Prime Minister or by the Leader of the Government in the Senate'.

(2)   That a message be sent to the Senate requesting the reconsideration by the Senate of the resolution in respect of the modification made by the House in place of the Senate modification.

By way of explanation 1 mention that the Government does not take exception to the principle implicit in the Senate's modification of the original resolution. That principle. 1 apprehend, is that a committee should elect its own Chairman from among Government supporters appointed to it. We do feel, however, that in the case of joint committees it is not appropriate for one House of the Parliament to say that the chairman should be chosen from members of one House only. In the present case, we have been asked to agree that the Chairman should be a member of this House. In another case we are to be asked to consider - that is, in relation to the Joint Committee on the Australian Capital Territory - the other place has said that the Chairman should be a senator. If members of joint committees are to elect their own chairmen, surely it is consistent with the principle behind the proposal that members of a committee should have as wide a choice as possible. That is the principle behind the motion I have moved.

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