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Resolution to establish the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement (44th Parliament)

The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement was established on 2 December 2013 when the Senate agreed to the following resolution from the House of Representatives, passed on 21 November 2013.

Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement

  1. In accordance with section 5 of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement Act 2010 , matters relating to the powers and proceedings of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement shall be as follows:
    1. the committee consist of 10 members, 3 Members of the House of Representatives to be nominated by the Government Whip or Whips, 2 Members of the House of Representatives to be nominated by the Opposition Whip or Whips or by any minority group or independent Member, 2 Senators to be nominated by the Leader of the Government in the Senate, 2 Senators to be nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate and 1 Senator to be nominated by any minority group or independent Senator;
    2. every nomination of a member of the committee be notified in writing to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives;
    3. the committee elect:
      1. a Government member as its chair; and
      2. a non-Government member as its deputy chair who shall act as chair of the committee at any time when the chair is not present at a meeting of the committee;
    4. at any time when the chair and deputy chair are not present at a meeting of the committee the members present shall elect another member to act as chair at that meeting;
    5. in the event of an equally divided vote, the chair, or the deputy chair when acting as chair, have a casting vote;
    6. three members of the committee constitute a quorum of the committee, provided that in a deliberative meeting the quorum shall include one Government member of either House and one non-Government member of either House;
    7. the committee:
      1. have power to appoint subcommittees consisting of three or more of its members and to refer to any subcommittee any matter which the committee is empowered to examine; and
      2. appoint the chair of each subcommittee who shall have a casting vote only;
    8. at any time when the chair of a subcommittee is not present at a meeting of the subcommittee the members of the subcommittee present shall elect another member of that subcommittee to act as chair at that meeting;
    9. two members of a subcommittee include a quorum of that subcommittee, provided that in a deliberative meeting the quorum shall include one Government member of either House and one non-Government member of either House;
    10. members of the committee who are not members of a subcommittee may participate in the proceedings of that subcommittee but shall not vote, move any motion or be counted for the purpose of a quorum;
    11. the committee or any subcommittee have power to:
      1. call for witnesses to attend and for documents to be produced;
      2. conduct proceedings in any place it sees fit;
      3. sit in public or in private;
      4. report from time to time; and
      5. adjourn from time to time and sit during any adjournment of the Senate and the House of Representatives;
    12. the committee or any subcommittee have power to consider and make use of the evidence and records of the Joint Committees on the National Crime Authority, the Australian Crime Commission and Law Enforcement appointed during previous Parliaments;
    13. in carrying out its duties, the committee or any subcommittee ensure that the operational methods and results of investigations of law enforcement agencies, as far as possible, be protected from disclosure where that would be against the public interest; and
    14. the provisions of this resolution, so far as they are inconsistent with the standing orders, have effect notwithstanding anything contained in the standing orders.
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About this committee

The role of this committee is to monitor and review the performance of the ACC and the AFP as well as undertake parliamentary supervision of Part 2-6 and section 20A of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (relating to unexplained wealth provisions)

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3419
Fax: +61 2 6277 5809
le.committee@aph.gov.au