48th Report: Appointment of the Clerk of the Senate
Members of the Committee
President of the Senate, Senator the Hon John Hogg, Chair
Senator the Hon Chris Evans, Leader of the Government in the Senate
Senator the Hon Nick Minchin, Leader of the Opposition in the Senate
Senator the Hon John Faulkner
Senator Annette Hurley
Senator Kate Lundy
Senator Stephen Parry
Senator Nick Sherry
Senator John Williams
Senator Nick Xenophon
The Standing Committee on Appropriations and Staffing, appointed under standing order 19, determines the amounts for inclusion in the parliamentary appropriation bills and reports to the Senate on its determinations prior to the Senate’s consideration of those bills.
The committee examines matters affecting the staffing and administration of the Department of the Senate, including proposals to vary the staffing structure, and other matters referred to it by the Senate. The committee makes an annual report to the Senate on the operations of the Senate’s appropriations and staffing and related matters (standing order 19(3)).
The committee has the explicit capacity to scrutinise security funding and administration and to advise the President and the Senate as appropriate. Under a resolution of the Senate agreed to in 1987 the committee also examines proposed changes in the structure and responsibilities of the parliamentary departments.
The committee is chaired by the President and includes the Senate Leaders of the Government and the Opposition as ex officio members.
Senate Table Office
Appointment of the Clerk of the Senate
In accordance with the statutory requirement in subsection 58(1) of the Parliamentary Service Act 1999 that the President consult members of the Senate about the appointment of the Clerk of the Senate, the President consulted members of this committee.
The committee endorsed the decision of the president to appoint the Deputy Clerk, Dr Rosemary Laing, as the next Clerk of the Senate.
The committee noted that the President was confident that he had selected the best candidate for the position of Clerk of the Senate. However, he noted that there was a relatively small pool of suitable applicants. The position of Clerk of the Senate is a highly specialised one that requires particular experience and expertise, but the President indicated that he would strongly encourage the adoption of measures within the Department of the Senate to promote a broader pool of potentially suitable candidates for the future.