The Constitutional Qualifications of Members of Parliament

The Constitutional Qualifications of Members of Parliament


© Commonwealth of Australia 1979

ISBN 0 642 04524 0

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Chapter 1: Introduction - (PDF format)
Terms of reference
Constitutional provisions
Nature of problems and background to inquiry
Outcome of inquiry
Conduct of inquiry
Note on terminology

Chapter 2: Age, citizenship, residence and allegiance- (PDF format)
Constitutional and other legislative provisions
Subject-status and citizenship
Entitlement to vote

Chapter 3: Criminal offences - (PDF format)
Offences punishable by imprisonment for one year or longer

Chapter 4: Bankruptcy and insolvency- (PDF format)
Constitutional provisions
Appropriateness of disqualification under ss. 44

Chapter 5: Offices of profit: public servants and other public office holders - (PDF format)
Offices of profit under the Crown
The position of public servants
The position of other public office holders
The proviso to section 44 (iv) exempt categories
Conclusions and recommendations

Chapter 6: Offices of profit: assistant ministers and parliamentary secretaries - (PDF format)
The nature of the problem
The historical context
The constitutional issues
Remuneration of assistant ministers and parliamentary secretaries
The need for change
Constitutional change

Chapter 7: Pecuniary interests - (PDF format)
Constitutional provisions
The need for clarification
Guidelines for proposed legislation

Chapter 8: Procedural questions- (PDF format)
Distinction between a breach of s.44 and of s.45
Common informers
Declaration under s.47


Appendix 1: Individuals and organisations who made written submissions to the Committee- (PDF format)

Appendix2: letter from Attorney-General to Senator Evans regarding employment of Senator-elect as 'Legislative Assistant' - (PDF format)