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Wednesday, 12 April 1972
Page: 1015

Senator BYRNE (Queensland) - I move:

That Senator Gair be appointed to All the vacancy on the Standing Orders Committee.

Honourable senators will recollect that recently the report presented by the Standing Orders Committee recommended the increase of the personnel of the Committee by one. I think that this was in contemplation that the Australian Democratic Labor Party might well fill, or should fill, that vacancy. Honourable senators will recall that standing in my name on the notice paper under General Business is notice No. 5 which states:

With a view to the Standing Orders Committee being as representative as possible of the composition of the Senate at anytime, the Senate resolves that - (1) Standing Order 33 be amended by that - (1) Standing Order 33 be amended by leaving out the words 'seven senators' and inserting in lieu thereof the words 'such other senators as may be appointed by the Senate'; and

Senator Murphy - Has that been effectively achieved by what we have done?

Senator BYRNE - Yes, it has. My motion continues:

(2)   Senator Gair bsappointed a member of the Standing Orders Committee.

That motion has never come up for discussion. lt has in fact been superseded by the decision of the Senate on the report of the Standing Orders Committee to increase the personnel by one.

Senator Sir Kenneth Anderson - Perhaps we can dispose of the motion right away.

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