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
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.
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