For the three-year duration of the government majority in the Senate, all references of inquiries to committees required government support. Despite some commentators arguing that this would restrict committee activity, government-chaired committees did continue to closely examine government bills and at times recommend amendments. However, fewer broad-ranging policy inquiries or politically controversial inquiries were referred to committees during this time.
The changes were approved by the Senate on 14 August 2006 and came into effect on 11 September 2006.
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Geoff Pryor, 'It needs a tighter rein…', The Canberra Times, 9 August 2005
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