Australian Labor Party supports a Senate committee system
Standing Orders Committee report on standing committees
The Gorton Government opposed the establishment of the select committee and created a rival government inquiry into health insurance, known as the Nimmo Inquiry. By the time the select committee tabled its report in June 1970, the government had already incorporated many of the recommendations of the Nimmo Inquiry into its National Health Bill 1970.
The select committee’s work influenced senators during consideration of the National Health Bill. Ivy Wedgwood and other government senators crossed the floor to support a number of amendments to the legislation that were consistent with conclusions reached in the select committee report.
Another recommendation of the select committee that was implemented by the Senate was the establishment of a standing committee on health. The Senate Standing Committee on Health and Welfare was appointed in August 1970 with Ivy Wedgwood serving as its chair for the remainder of her Senate term.
The Canberra Times, 31 May 1968, p. 6, National Library of Australia, nla.gov.au/nla.news-page11662062
Athol Shmith, Portrait of Senator Ivy Wedgwood, [1950s], National Library of Australia, nla.obj-137355975