Resolution of appointment

The House of Representatives (25 February 2021) and the Senate (15 March 2021) resolved that:

(1) A Joint Select Committee on Road Safety be appointed to inquire into and report on:

(a) measures to support the Australian Parliament’s ongoing resolve to eliminate road crash fatal and serious injuries with a focus on ways to achieving Vision Zero by 2050;

 (b) the effectiveness of existing road safety programs across Australia; opportunities to improve them and encourage broader take-up of effective approaches;

 (c) opportunities for government policy in health, education, industry, transport and other areas to contribute to road trauma elimination, integrating Safe System principles;

 (d) opportunities to embed road trauma prevention across Australian Government portfolios and agencies; and

 (e) opportunities to reduce road trauma in the workplace, working with Work Health and Safety agencies and employers across Australia; including a focus on heavy vehicles and the gig economy;

(2) The committee present a report on or before 1 July 2022;

(3) The committee consist of nine members, four Members of the House of Representatives to be nominated by the Government Whip or Whips, two Members of the House of Representatives to be nominated by the Opposition Whip or Whips or by any minority group or independent Member, and one Senator to be nominated by the Leader of the Government in the Senate, one Senator to be nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, and one Senator to be nominated by any minority group or independent Senator;

(4) Participating members may:

(a) be appointed to the committee on the nomination of the Government Whip in the House of Representatives, the Opposition Whip in the House of Representatives, the Leader of the Government in the Senate, the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate or any minority party or independent senator or member of the House of Representatives; and

 (b) participate in hearings of evidence and deliberations of the committee, and have all the rights of members of the committee, but may not vote on any question before the committee;

(5) 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;

(6) The members of the committee hold office as a joint select committee until presentation of the committee’s final report or until the House of Representatives is dissolved or expires by effluxion of time, whichever is the earlier;

(7) The committee may proceed to the dispatch of business notwithstanding that not all members have been duly nominated and appointed and notwithstanding any vacancy;

(8) The committee elect:

(a) a Government member as its chair; and

 (b) 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;

(9) 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;

(10) In the event of an equally divided vote, the chair, or the deputy chair when acting as chair, have a casting vote;

(11) 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;

(12) The committee:

(a) 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

 (b) appoint the chair of each subcommittee who shall have a casting vote only;

(13) Each subcommittee shall have at least one Government member of either House and one non-Government member of either House;

(14) 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;

(15) Two members of a subcommittee constitute the 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;

(16) 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;

(17) The committee or any subcommittee have power to:

(a) call for witnesses to attend and for documents to be produced;

 (b) conduct proceedings at any place it sees fit;

 (c) sit in public or in private;

 (d) report from time to time; and

 (e) adjourn from time to time and to sit during any adjournment of the House of Representatives and the Senate;

(18) The committee or any subcommittee have power to consider and make use of the evidence and records of any former committee on related matters including but not limited to the former Joint Select Committee on Road Safety; and

(19) The provisions of this resolution, so far as they are inconsistent with the standing orders, have effect notwithstanding anything contained in the standing orders.