Standing rules and orders

The standing rules and orders are the written rules of procedure which provide for the conduct of proceedings in the House including the passage of bills, rules of debate, the maintenance of order, the appointment of committees, and other matters affecting the operation of the House. The standing rules and orders are made under the authority of section 15 of the Constitution Act 1902 and require the approval of the Governor before they apply.

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Chapter 1 - Repeal and Operation of Standing Orders

1 Repeal of previous rules and orders
2 Where cases not provided for
3 Practice notes
4 Rights of House not restricted

Chapter 2 - Opening of Parliament

5 Proceedings on opening of Parliament by Governor
6 Proceedings on opening of Parliament by commission
7 Governor's speech
8 Address-in-reply
9 Opening of Parliament by the Queen
10 Swearing of new members

Chapter 3 - Office of the President

11 Term of office
12 Election of President
13 Ballot
14 Presentation to Governor

Chapter 4 - Deputy President and Chair of Committees

15 Election of Deputy President
16 Term of Office - Deputy President
17 Duty of Chair
18 Temporary Chairs
19 Title

Chapter 5 - Absence of President, Deputy President and Officers

20 Absence of President
21 Absence of President and Deputy President
22 Relief of President
23 Leaving the Chair
24 Absence of Clerk
25 Parliamentary secretary
26 Leadership of parties and groups

Chapter 6 - Sitting, Quorum and Adjournment of House

27 Meeting of Council
28 Prayers
29 Quorum at commencement of sitting
30 Quorum during sitting
31 Adjournment of the House
32 Interruption for adjournment
33 Ministerial reply to adjournment matters
34 Minister to be present in the House

Chapter 7 - Times of Sitting and Routine of Business

35 Times of meeting
36 Recall of House
37 Conduct of business
38 Routine of Business
39 Business of the House
40 Government and general business
41 Reports of committees - precedence
42 Presentation of documents
43 Government business on Notice Paper
44 Formal motions
45 Postponement of business
46 Interruption of business
47 Questions
48 Ministerial statements

Chapter 8 - Journals and Records of the House

49 Journals
50 Custody of records
51 Hansard

Chapter 9 - Tabling of Documents

52 Order for the production of documents
53 Documents from the Governor
54 Other methods of tabling documents
55 Tabling of reports and documents when House not sitting
56 Documents quoted in debate
57 Motion after tabling
58 Amendments after tabling
59 Printing of tabled papers and documents
60 Inspection of Documents

Chapter 10 - Attendance

61 Record of Members
62 Attendance of members
63 Leave of absence

Chapter 11 - Questions Seeking Information

64 Questions to Ministers and other members
65 Rules for questions
66 Answers to questions without notice
67 Written questions

Chapter 12 - Petitions

68 Presentation of petitions
69 Form of petitions
70 Content of petitions

Chapter 13 - Notices of Motions

71 Giving of notices
72 Alterations and withdrawals of notices

Chapter 14 - Motions

73 Notice required
74 Precedence of motions
75 Moving of motions
76 Leave of the House
77 Raising matters of privilege
78 Motions for disallowance of statutory instruments
79 Resolutions of continuing effect

Chapter 15 - Orders of the Day

80 Definition
81 Disposal of orders
82 Pre-audience

Chapter 16 - Rules of Debate

83 Order maintained by President
84 Conduct of members
85 Members to address President standing
86 President or Deputy President taking part in debate
87 Right to speak
88 Personal explanations
89 Explanations of speeches
90 Reply
91 Rules of debate
92 Relevance and anticipation
93 Question may be read
94 Continued irrelevance or tedious repetition
95 Interruption of speaker: points of order or privilege
96 Dissent from President's ruling
97 Motion that member be heard
98 Motion that members be no longer heard
99 Closure of debate
100 Putting of question ends debate
101 Adjournment of debate

Chapter 17 - Questions from the Chair

102 Putting of question
103 Same question
104 Rescission of order
105 Events superseding a question
106 Lapsed question
107 Form of the previous question
108 Determination of previous question

Chapter 18 - Amendments

109 Moving of amendments
110 No amendment to words agreed to
111 Procedure for putting of amendments

Chapter 19 - Divisions

112 Calling for divisions
113 Voting in division
114 Procedure for division
115 Counting of division
116 Casting vote
117 Points of order in division
118 Correction of divisions
119 Divisions in committee

Chapter 20 - Addresses to the Governor

120 Making of address
121 Presentation of address

Chapter 21 - Messages from the Governor

122 Presentation of message

Chapter 22 - Communications between the two Houses

123 Methods of communication
124 Messages from the Council
125 Communicating a resolution
126 Messages from the Assembly
127 Messages to be recorded

Chapter 23 - Conferences

128 Requests for conference
129 Appointment of managers
130 Sitting suspended
131 Time and place of conference
132 Proceedings at ordinary conference
133 Free conference under the Constitution Act
134 Report of conference

Chapter 24 - Ballots

135 Conduct of Ballot

Chapter 25 - Public Bills

136 Initiation
137 First Reading
138 Urgent bills
139 Cognate bills
140 Second reading
141 Committal
142 Consideration in committee
143 Order of consideration
144 Amendments in committee
145 Uncompleted proceedings in committee
146 Report from committee
147 Recommittal of report
148 Third reading
149 Recommittal on third reading
150 Correction
151 Transmission to Assembly
152 Legislative Assembly amendments to bill originated in the Council
153 Bill again returned from the Assembly
154 Bills received from the Legislative Assembly
155 Return of Legislative Assembly bill
156 Disagreement with Council amendments
157 Assembly amendments to Council amendments
158 Amendments after disagreement
159 Lapsed bills
160 Presentation for assent
161 Protest against the passing of a bill
162 Procedures after presentation of bills
163 Explanation, under the Constitution Act, of a departmental bill

Chapter 26 - Private Bills

164 Notice of intention
165 Initiation
166 Payment for private bills
167 Form of the bill
168 Reference to select committee
169 Report of the Select Committee
170 Private bills originated in the Assembly
171 Lapsed private bills

Chapter 27 - Committee of the Whole House

172 Appointment of committee
173 Proceedings in committee
174 Appointment of acting Chair
175 Disorder in committee
176 Quorum
177 Report of the committee
178 Objection to Chair's ruling

Chapter 28 - Instructions by the House to Committees

179 Effect of instructions
180 Notice required; when moved
181 Debate on instructions
182 Instruction to select or standing committees

Chapter 29 - Private Members' Business

183 Notice given
184 Consideration of
185 Conduct of the draw
186 Debate on motions
187 Debate on bills
188 Postponement of items in order of precedence
189 Time limits to apply

Chapter 30 - Conduct of Members and Strangers

190 Disorderly conduct by members
191 Suspension of member
192 Member called to order
193 President may suspend sitting or adjourn House
194 Powers of House not affected

Chapter 31 - Visitors

195 Distinguished visitors
196 Conduct of visitors
197 Removal of strangers for disorderly conduct

Chapter 32 - Effect and Suspension of Standing Orders

198 Suspension of standing orders
199 Effect of suspension

Chapter 33 - Matters of Public Importance and Motions of Urgency

200 Proposal for debate
201 Urgency motions

Chapter 34 - Citizen's Right of Reply

202 Person referred to
203 Reference to committee

Chapter 35 - Committees

204 Sessional committees
205 Procedure committee
206 Standing committees
207 Select committees

General Committee Provisions

208 Powers
209 Must not sit while the House is sitting
210 Membership
211 Chair and Deputy Chair
212 Priority of references
213 First meeting
214 Quorum
215 Loss of a quorum during a meeting
216 Member attendance
217 Sub-committees
218 Participation by members of the House and others
219 Meeting or joining with other committees
220 Joint committees
221 Submissions
222 Evidence
223 Publishing submissions and evidence
224 Unauthorised disclosure of evidence and documents
225 No representation of witnesses
226 Reports
227 Consideration of reports
228 Members' opinions to be reflected
229 Chair's foreword
230 Tabling reports
231 Tabling out of session
232 Debate on committee reports
233 Government response
234 Resources

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