First bill referred to a Senate standing committee
First reference of a bill to a select committee
The Senate select committee on the standing committee system inquired into establishing standing committees on three matters—regulations and ordinances, international relations and bills.
The inquiry resulted in several important outcomes:
- the establishment in 1932 of a standing committee to consider federal regulations and ordinances
- legislative amendments to prohibit regulations that had been disallowed (vetoed) by the parliament from being remade within six months, and
- changes to the Senate standing orders to allow bills to be referred more easily to committees.
The referral of bills to committees, while routine in many overseas parliaments at the time, was not a common practice in the Senate until the introduction of the Selection of Bills Committee in 1989.
Monte Luke, Portrait of Robert Gordon Menzies, [193-?], National Library of Australia, nla.obj-136260982