House of Representatives Committees

Standing Committee on Procedure

REVIEW OF REPORTS OF PREVIOUS PROCEDURE COMMITTEES WHICH HAVE NOT RECEIVED A GOVERNMENT RESPONSE

Report

INTRODUCTION

Background

1. On 9 May 1996 the Speaker tabled a schedule of parliamentary committee reports to which government responses were outstanding.

2. On 27 June the Leader of the House presented the Government's response to the schedule. In relation to the ten Procedure Committee reports listed as not having been responded to, the response stated:

3. The following reports are involved:

Procedures for the opening of Parliament (1995).
Application of modern technology to committee proceedings (1994).
The standing orders governing disorder and strangers (1992).
Seconding of private Members' notices of motion (1992).
Disclosure of in camera evidence (1991).
A citizen's right of reply (1991).
Responses to petitions (1990).
The standing orders governing the conduct of committees of the House (1989).
Committee procedures for dealing with witnesses (1989).
The Publication of tabled papers (1988).

Scope of the review

4. The committee has not revisited the inquiries that led to the above reports. Nevertheless it has discussed all of the recommendations and drawn conclusions about most. The committee examined each report in turn and considered whether its recommendations are still relevant. The committee:

THE INDIVIDUAL REPORTS

Procedures for the opening of Parliament
(presented 16 October 1995)

5. The committee holds the view that this report is still current and warrants a government response. The committee endorses the recommendations contained in the report with the following qualifications:

Application of modern technology to committee proceedings
(presented 5 December 1994)

6. The committee endorses the recommendations contained in this report and requests that the government respond.

The standing orders governing disorder and strangers
(presented 15 October 1992)

7. The recommendation in this report proposed the omission of certain standing orders and the substitution of new standing orders. The precise wording of the proposed standing orders is in many cases no longer applicable. The committee considered the principles embodied in the recommendations.

8. The recommendations relating to disorderly conduct by Members have been overtaken by subsequent events and do not require a government response.

9. In relation to the principles contained in the other proposed changes to the standing orders as they were then, the committee endorses the recommendations, except for the proposal that the term 'strangers' be replaced with 'visitors' wherever it occurs in the standing orders. The committee particularly noted and supports the proposals:

10. The committee would welcome a government response to the principles expressed in the recommendations of this report except for those which have been superseded by other amendments (for example, Speaker may order withdrawal of a Member, penalty periods).

Seconding of private Members' notices of motion
(presented 30 April 1992)

11. The committee endorses the recommendation contained in this report and requests that the government respond.

Disclosure of in camera evidence
(presented 14 November 1991)

12. The committee generally endorses the recommendations contained in the report with the qualification that it does not wish to express an opinion on the penalties for the disclosure by a Member of in camera evidence contained in recommendation (4) (paragraph 34) of the report. Since the present members did not conduct the inquiry it was though inappropriate to specifically support or disagree with the penalties recommended, particularly since the minimum penalty recommended is severe. The committee requests that the government respond to the report.

A citizen's right of reply
(presented 6 June 1991)

13. The committee noted that a citizen's right of reply has recently re-emerged as a topical issue. The committee supports adoption of the recommendations contained in this report and requests that the government respond.

Responses to petitions
(presented 6 December 1990)

14. The committee endorses the recommendations contained in this report and requests that the government respond.

The standing orders governing the conduct of committees of the House
(presented 30 November 1989)

15. This report was presented approximately two years after the House first established a comprehensive structure of general purpose standing committees. Given the fairly extensive changes which the House has made to the standing orders governing the structure and operation of committees and the development and refinement of committee practice and procedure in the years since the presentation of this report, the committee considers that a government response is not necessary. The committee intends to conduct an inquiry into the structure and operation of the House of Representatives committee system during this Parliament.

Committee procedures for dealing with witnesses
(presented 13 April 1989)

16. Some of the recommendations contained in this report were superseded by the later reports on The standing orders governing the conduct of committees and Disclosure of in camera evidence. In view of both the committee's recommendations in relation to those reports and its intention to review the operation of the committee system, it considers that a government response to this report is not necessary.

The publication of tabled papers
(presented 24 November 1988)

17. The committee endorses the recommendations contained in this report and requests that the government respond.

SUMMARY

18. Reports to which the committee requests the government to respond:

19. Reports which the committee considers do not require a government response:

Kathy Sullivan
Chair
21 November 1996

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