Appendix 10

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Appendix 10―Amendments to standing orders (1903 – 2009)1*

Standing order
No.
Adopted
Amended

Chapter 1 The Opening of Parliament

 

 

 

Proceedings on opening

1

19/8/1903

9/9/1909 wef 1/10/1909

11/6/1914

2/12/1965 wef 1/1/1966

Governor– General’s Speech

2

19/8/1903

1/8/1934 wef 1/10/1934

Address–in–reply

3

19/8/1903

9/9/1909 wef 1/10/1909

1/9/1937 wef 1/10/1937

Opening of Parliament by the Queen

4

20/10/1953

 

Chapter 2 Office of the President

 

 

 

Term of Office

5

19/8/1903

9/9/1909 wef 1/10/1909

5/10/1922

6/5/1993

Election of President

6

19/8/1903

5/10/1922

1/8/1934 wef 1/10/1934

26/11/1981

Ballot

7

19/8/1903

26/11/1981

Presentation to Governor–General

8

19/8/1903

 

Chapter 3 Deputy President and Chairman of Committees

 

 

 

Term of Office

9

19/8/1903

9/9/1909 wef 1/10/1909

1/8/1934 wef 1/10/1934

22/10/1981

6/5/1993

Appointment of Deputy President

10

19/8/1903

22/10/1981

6/5/1993

Duty of Chairman

11

19/8/1903

 

Temporary Chairmen

12

19/8/1903

5/10/1922

2/12/1965 wef 1/1/1966

Chapter 4 Absence of President, Deputy President and Officers

 

 

 

Absence of President

13

19/8/1903

22/10/1981

Absence of both officers

14

19/8/1903

22/10/1981

Relief of President

15

 

 

19/8/1903

5/10/1922

2/12/1965 wef 1/1/1966

22/10/1981

Absence of Clerk

16

19/8/1903

2/12/1965 wef 1/1/1966

Chapter 5 Standing and Select Committees

 

 

 

Procedure

17

19/8/1903

2/12/1965 wef 1/1/1966

22/3/1972

22/10/1981

[22/9/1987]

21/11/1989 wef 1st sitting day in 1990

24/8/1994 wef 10/10/1994

Privileges

18

2/12/1965 wef 1/1/1966

21/11/1989 wef 1st sitting day in 1990

24/8/1994 wef 10/10/1994

Appropriations and Staffing

19

[25/3/1982]

21/11/1989 wef 1st sitting day in 1990

24/8/1994 wef 10/10/1994

16/6/2004

Library

20

19/8/1903

2/12/1965 wef 1/1/1966

21/11/1989 wef 1st sitting day in 1990

24/8/1994 wef 10/10/1994

House

21

19/8/1903

2/12/1965 wef 1/1/1966

21/11/1989 wef 1st sitting day in 1990

24/8/1994 wef 10/10/1994

13/11/2002

Publications

22

19/8/1903

2/12/1965 wef 1/1/1966

12/6/1970

22/3/1972

21/11/1989 wef 1st sitting day in 1990

24/8/1994 wef 10/10/1994

Senators’ Interests

22A

17/3/1994

24/8/1994 wef 10/10/1994

Regulations and Ordinances

23

11/3/1932

1/9/1937 wef 1/10/1937

2/12/1965 wef 1/1/1966

23/8/1979

[22/9/1987]

21/11/1989 wef 1st sitting day in 1990

24/8/1994 wef 10/10/1994

Scrutiny of Bills

24

[19/11/1981, 25/5/1982]

17/3/1987

21/11/1989 wef 1st sitting day in 1990

24/8/1994 wef 10/10/1994

Selection of Bills

24A

[5/12/1989]

13/2/1997 wef 24/2/1997

 

Legislative and general purpose

25

[11/6/1970, 19/8/1970]

16/3/1977

[7/11/1973]

16/8/1978

[22/9/1987]

21/11/1989 wef 1st sitting day in 1990

[14/12/1989]

4/9/1991

13/5/1993

24/8/1994 wef 10/10/1994

13/2/1997 wef 24/2/1997

11/11/1998

3/12/1998

13/2/2002

19/11/2002

14/8/2006 wef 11/9/2006

18/9/2008

10/3/2009

13/5/2009

29/9/2010

8/2/2012

Estimates

26

[11/6/1970, 19/8/1970]

16/3/1977

16/8/1978

21/11/1989 wef 1st sitting day in 1990

[23/8/1990]

[6/5/1993]

24/8/1994 wef 10/10/1994

13/2/1997 wef 24/2/1997

6/3/1997

6/2/2001

19/11/2002

14/8/2006 wef 11/9/2006

Membership

27

19/8/1903

1/9/1937 wef 1/10/1937

22/10/1981

13/2/1997 wef 24/2/1997

Time for Reporting

28

19/8/1903

 

Quorum

29

19/8/1903

21/11/1989 wef 1st sitting day in 1990

24/8/1994 wef 10/10/1994

19/11/2002

Meetings

30

19/8/1903

20/8/1975

13/2/1997 wef 24/2/1997

Chairman

31

19/8/1903

 

Proceedings

32

19/8/1903

5/10/1922

21/11/1989 wef 1st sitting day in 1990

Meetings during sitting

33

19/8/1903 (part)

11/6/1914 (part)

[22/9/1987] (part)

24/8/1994 wef 10/10/1994

 

14/5/2003

Powers

34

19/8/1903

21/11/1989 wef 1st sitting day in 1990

Witnesses

35

19/8/1903

 

Public and private meetings

36

19/8/1903

21/11/1989 wef 1st sitting day in 1990

Disclosure of evidence and documents

37

19/8/1903

7/4/1970

13/2/1997 wef 24/2/1997

29/4/1999

Reports

38

19/8/1903

21/11/1989 wef 1st sitting day in 1990

[23/8/1990]

24/8/1994 wef 10/10/1994

13/2/1997 wef 24/2/1997

Proceedings on report

39

19/8/1903

 

Meetings with House of Representatives committees

40

19/8/1903

21/11/1989 wef 1st sitting day in 1990

List of committees

41

19/8/1903

 

Joint committees

42

19/8/1903

 

Chapter 6 Journals and Records of the Senate

 

 

 

Publication of Journals and records

43

19/8/1903

21/11/1989 wef 1st sitting day in 1990

[12/5/1993]

13/2/1997 wef 24/2/1997

Custody of records

44

19/8/1903

 

Chapter 7 Senators’ Roll, Attendance and Places of Senators

 

 

 

Roll

45

19/8/1903

21/11/1989 wef 1st sitting day in 1990

Attendance of senators

46

9/9/1909 wef 1/10/1909

 

Leave of absence to senators

47

19/8/1903

 

Senators’ seats

48

19/8/1903

21/11/1989 wef 1st sitting day in 1990

Chapter 8 Sittings. Quorum and Adjournment of the Senate

 

 

 

Meeting of Senate

49

9/9/1909 wef 1/10/1909

5/10/1922

21/11/1989 wef 1st sitting day in 1990

Prayer

50

19/8/1903

 26/10/2010

Quorum at commencement of sitting

51

 

19/8/1903

9/10/1909 wef 1/10/1909

11/6/1914

19/8/1975

Quorum during sitting

52

19/8/1903

9/9/1909 wef 1/10/1909

5/10/1922

19/8/1975

[1/6/1988]

21/11/1989 wef 1st sitting day in 1990

13/2/1997 wef 24/2/1997

Adjournment of Senate

53

19/8/1903

6/12/1905

2/12/1965 wef 1/1/1966

21/11/1989 wef 1st sitting day in 1990

Adjournment without motion

54

21/11/1989 wef 1st sitting day in 1990

[2/2/1994]

13/2/1997 wef 24/2/1997

7/12/1998 wef 15/2/1999

28/8/2002

10/3/2009

Chapter 9 Times of Sittings and Routine of Business

 

 

 

Times of meetings

55

21/11/1989 wef 1st sitting day in 1990

[2/2/1994]

13/2/1997 wef 24/2/1997

4/9/1997

7/12/1998

28/8/2002

14/5/2003

Conduct of business

56

19/8/1903

 

Routine of business

57

19/8/1903

21/11/1989 wef 1st sitting day in 1990

[2/2/1994]

13/2/1997 wef 24/2/1997

7/12/1998

28/8/2002

14/5/2003

10/3/2009

[27/6/2012]

12/3/2013

Business of the Senate

58

5/10/1922

1/8/1934 wef 1/10/1934

16/8/1978

21/11/1989 wef 1st sitting day in 1990

Government and general business

59

21/11/1989 wef 1st sitting day in 1990

13/2/1997 wef 24/2/1997

Reports of committees–precedence

60

1/8/1934 wef 1/10/1934

23/8/1979

Consideration of government documents

61

21/11/1989 wef 1st sitting day in 1990

13/2/1997 wef 24/2/1997

11/5/2004

Consideration of committee reports and government responses and Auditor–General’s reports

62

21/11/1989 wef 1st sitting day in 1990

14/10/1991

13/2/1997 wef 24/2/1997

10/5/2000

Presentation of documents

63

19/8/1903

 

New business

64

19/8/1903

28/4/1981

Government business on Notice Paper

65

19/8/1903

 

Formal motions

66

19/8/1903

21/11/1989 wef 1st sitting day in 1990

13/2/1997 wef 24/2/1997

Postponement of business

67

19/8/1903

13/2/1997 wef 24/2/1997

30/11/1999 wef 1/1/2000

Interruption of business

68

11/6/1914

1/8/1934 wef 1/10/1934

2/12/1965 wef 1/1/1966

[3/11/1987]

21/11/1989 wef 1st sitting day in 1990

Chapter 10 Petitions

 

 

 

Presentation of petitions

69

19/8/1903

[20/11/1974]

[25/11/1982]

21/11/1989 wef 1st sitting day in 1990

6/3/1997

Form of Petitions

70

19/8/1903

 

Content of petitions

71

19/8/1903

 

Chapter 11 Questions Seeking Information

 

 

 

Questions without notice

72

19/8/1903

[11/2/1975]

20/8/1975

[14/91992]

[16/9/1992]

13/2/1997 wef 24/2/1997

10/3/2009

Rules for questions

73

19/8/1903

2/12/1965 wef 1/1/1966

Questions on notice

74

19/8/1903

11/6/1914

[20/8/1975]

23/3/1977

[28/9/1988]

13/2/1997 wef 24/2/1997

8/9/2003

9/11/2005

14/8/2006

27/6/2012 wef 1st sitting day in 2013

Chapter 12 Matters of Public Importance and Urgency

 

 

 

Proposal for debate

75

19/8/1903

1/9/1937 wef 1/10/1937

2/12/1965 wef 1/1/1966

20/8/1975

[23/8/1979]

26/11/1981

21/11/1989 wef 1st sitting day in 1990

13/2/1997 wef 24/2/1997

Chapter 13 Notices of Motion

 

 

 

Giving of notices

76

19/8/1903

11/6/1914

23/8/1990

[29/4/1999]

30/11/1999 wef 1/1/2000

Alteration and withdrawal of notices

77

19/8/1903

 

Disallowance motions

78

[23/8/1979]

26/11/1981

 

Chapter 14 Motions and Questions

 

 

 

Notice required

79

19/8/1903

2/12/1965 wef 1/1/1966

Disposal of motions

80

19/8/1903

2/12/1965 wef 1/1/1966

Privilege motions

81

19/8/1903

2/12/1965 wef 1/1/1966

[25/2/1988]

21/11/1989 wef 1st sitting day in 1990

Motions concerning contempts

82

[25/2/1988]

21/11/1989 wef 1st sitting day in 1990

 

Moving of motions

83

19/8/1903

 

Putting of question

84

19/8/1903

26/11/1981

Anticipatory motions

85

19/8/1903

21/11/1989 wef 1st sitting day in 1990

Same question

86

19/8/1903

11/3/1932

21/11/1989 wef 1st sitting day in 1990

Rescission of order

87

19/8/1903

 

Leave of the Senate

88

19/8/1903

21/11/1989 wef 1st sitting day in 1990

Superseded question

89

19/8/1903

21/11/1989 wef 1st sitting day in 1990

Chapter 15 Amendments

 

 

 

Moving of amendments

90

19/8/1903

21/11/1989 wef 1st sitting day in 1990

Putting of amendments

91

19/8/1903

[13/5/1987]

21/11/1989 wef 1st sitting day in 1990

Same amendment

92

[13/5/1987]

21/11/1989 wef 1st sitting day in 1990

 

Amendments to amendments

93

19/8/1903

 

Chapter 16 Previous Question

 

 

 

Form of previous question

94

19/8/1903

 

Determination of previous question

95

19/8/1903

 

Chapter 17 Orders of the Day

 

 

 

Source of orders

96

19/8/1903

 

Disposal of orders

97

19/8/1903

21/11/1989 wef 1st sitting day in 1990

Chapter 18 Divisions

 

 

 

Calling for divisions

98

19/8/1903 (part)

19/8/1975 (part)

2/12/1965 wef 1/1/1966

Voting by President

99

19/8/1903

5/10/1922

22/10/1981

Voting in divisions

100

19/8/1903 (part)

11/6/1914 (part)

2/12/1965 wef 1/1/1966

Taking of divisions

101

19/8/1903

[11/2/1975]

20/8/1975

[1/6/1988]

21/11/1989 wef 1st sitting day in 1990

Recording of divisions

102

19/8/1903

5/10/1922

21/11/1989 wef 1st sitting day in 1990

Points of order

103

19/10/1903

 

Correction of divisions

104

19/8/1903

 

Divisions in committee

105

19/8/1903

 

Chapter 19 Roll Call

 

 

 

Notice of order

106

19/8/1903

11/6/1914

1/9/1937 wef 1/10/1937

21/11/1989 wef 1st sitting day in 1990

Order for roll call

107

19/8/1903

5/10/1922

21/11/1989 wef 1st sitting day in 1990

Conduct of roll call

108

19/8/1903

21/11/1989 wef 1st sitting day in 1990

Senators not present

109

19/8/1903

 

Roll call for Constitution alteration bills

110

19/8/1903

21/11/1989 wef 1st sitting day in 1990

Chapter 20 Bills

 

 

 

Initiation

111

19/8/1903

13/2/1997 wef 24/2/1997

14/5/2003

First reading

112

19/8/1903

9/9/1909 wef 1/10/1909

1/9/1937 wef 1/10/1937

13/2/1997 wef 24/2/1997

Expedited proceedings on bills

113

[13/5/1987]

21/11/1989 wef 1st sitting day in 1990

 

Second reading

114

19/8/1903

9/9/1909 wef 1/10/1909

21/11/1989 wef 1st sitting day in 1990

11/3/1932

Committal

115

19/8/1903 (part)

11/3/1932 (part)

1/8/1934 wef 1/10/1934 (part)

9–10/9/1909 wef 1/10/1909

14/10/1991

[6/5/1993]

13/2/1997 wef 24/2/1997

3/12/2003

14/8/2006 wef 11/9/2006

Consideration in committee

116

19/8/1903

 

Order of consideration

117

19/8/1903

9 /9/1909 wef 1/10/1909

Amendments in committee

118

19/8/1903

 

Uncompleted proceedings in committee

119

19/8/1903

 

Report from Committee

120

19/8/1903

 

Recommittal on report

121

19/8/1903

 

Third reading

122

19/8/1903

21/11/1989 wef 1st sitting day in 1990

Recommittal on third reading

123

19/8/1903

 

Corrections

124

19/8/1903

21/11/1989 wef 1st sitting day in 1990

Transmission to House of Representatives

125

19/8/1903

 

House of Representatives amendments on bills originated in the Senate

126

19/8/1903

21/11/1989 wef 1st sitting day in 1990

Bills again returned from the House of Representatives

127

19/8/1903

 

Bills received from the House of Representatives

128

19/8/1903

 

Requests

129

9/9/1909 wef 1/10/1909

 

Amendments changed to requests

130

9/9/1909 wef 1/10/1909

 

Return of House of Representatives bill

131

19/8/1903

 

Disagreement with Senate amendments

132

19/8/1903

 

House of Representatives amendments to Senate amendments

133

19/8/1903

21/11/1989 wef 1st sitting day in 1990

Amendments after disagreements

134

19/8/1903

21/11/1989 wef 1st sitting day in 1990

Bills amending the Constitution

135

19/8/1903

 

Lapsed bills

136

19/8/1903

30/8/1905

Presentation for assent

137

19/8/1903

1/9/1937 wef 1/10/1937

Amendments proposed by the Governor–General

138

19/8/1903

 

Assent to bill

139

21/11/1989 wef 1st sitting day of 1990

13/2/1997 wef 24/2/1997

22/11/1999

Requests on bills not amendable by the Senate

140

19/8/1903 (part)

1/9/1909 wef 1/10/1909 (part)

9/9/1909 wef 1/10/1909

22/3/1972

21/11/1989 wef 1st sitting day in 1990

Requests not complied with

141

19/8/1903

9/9/1909 wef 1/10/1909

Limitation of debate on bills

142

3/3/1926

 

2/12/1965 wef 1/1/1966

21/11/1989 wef 1st sitting day in 1990

22/11/1999

Chapter 21 Committees of the Whole

 

 

 

Appointment of committee

143

19/8/1903

21/11/1989 wef 1st sitting day in 1990

Proceedings in committee

144

19/8/1903

1/8/1934 wef 1/10/1934

2/12/1965 wef 1/1/1966

21/11/1989 wef 1st sitting day in 1990

Objection to chairman’s ruling

145

19/8/1903

 

President to resume chair

146

19/8/1903

 

Quorum

147

19/8/1903

19/8/1975

21/11/1989 wef 1st sitting day in 1990

Report of committee

148

19/8/1903

 

Chapter 22 Instructions to Committees

 

 

 

Effect of instruction

149

19/8/1903

 

Instructions on bills

150

19/8/1903 (part)

20/12/1905 (part)

2/12/1965 wef 1/1/1966

21/11/1989 wef 1st sitting day in 1990

Notice required

151

20/12/1905

 

Chapter 23 Communications between the Houses

 

 

 

Methods of communication

152

 

19/8/1903

 

Messages from the Senate

153

19/8/1903

2/12/1965 wef 1/1/1966

Communicating a resolution

154

19/8/1903

 

Messages from the House of Representatives

155

19/8/1903

11/6/1914

2/12/1965 wef 1/1/1966

Chapter 24 Conferences

 

 

 

Request for conference

156

19/8/1903

 

Appointment of managers

157

19/8/1903

 

Sitting suspended

158

19/8/1903

 

Time and place of conference

159

19/8/1903

 

Proceedings at conference

160

19/8/1903

 

Report of conference

161

19/8/1903

 

One conference only

162

19/8/1903

 

Chapter 25 Ballots

 

 

 

Conduct of ballot

163

19/8/1903

1/9/1937 wef 1/10/1937

21/11/1989 wef 1st sitting day in 1990

Chapter 26 Tabling of Documents

 

 

 

Orders for the production of documents

164

19/8/1903

9/11/2005

Documents from the Governor–General

165

19/8/1903

 

Other methods of tabling documents

166

19/8/1903

[13/2/1991]

13/2/1997 wef 24/2/1997

7/12/1998

Publication of tabled documents

167

19/2/1988

 

Documents quoted in debate

168

19/8/1903

21/11/1989 wef 1st sitting day in 1990

Motions after tabling

169

19/8/1903

21/11/1989 wef 1st sitting day in 1990

13/2/1997 wef 24/2/1997

Amendments after tabling

170

19/8/1903

21/11/1989 wef 1st sitting day in 1990

Chapter 27 Addresses to the Queen or the Governor–General

 

 

 

Making of address

171

19/8/1903

 

Presentation of address

172

19/8/1903

26/11/1981

Chapter 28 Messages from the Governor–General

 

 

 

Presentation of message

173

19/8/1903

 

Chapter 29 Visitors

 

 

 

Distinguished visitors

174

19/8/1903

2/12/1965 wef 1/1/1966

Conduct of visitors

175

19/8/1903

21/11/1989 wef 1st sitting day in 1990

13/5/2003

Chapter 30 Witnesses

 

 

 

Summoning of witnesses

176

19/8/1903

1/9/1937 wef 1/10/1937

Senators as witnesses

177

19/8/1903

21/11/1989 wef 1st sitting day in 1990

Members or officers of the House of Representatives

178

19/8/1903

 

Requests from the house of Representatives

179

19/8/1903

 

Witnesses in prison

180

19/8/1903

 

Protection of witnesses

181

19/8/1903

 

Witnesses before the Senate

182

19/8/1903

21/11/1989 wef 1st sitting day in 1990

Evidence given elsewhere by senators or officers

183

19/8/1903

 

Chapter 31 Conduct of Senators and rules of debate

 

 

 

Order maintained by President

184

19/8/1903

 

Conduct of senators

185

19/8/1903

21/11/1989 wef 1st sitting day in 1990

The call to speak

186

19/8/1903

21/11/1989 wef 1st sitting day in 1990

Speeches not to be read

187

19/8/1903

 

Right to speak

188

19/8/1903

11/6/1914

1/9/1937 wef 1/10/1937

Time limits on speeches

189

15/8/1919

5/10/1922

22/3/1972

20/8/1975

[29/4/1982]

21/11/1989 wef 1st sitting day in 1990

[25/11/1992]

13/2/1997 wef 24/2/1997

Personal explanations

190

19/8/1903

 

Explanation of speeches

191

19/8/1903

 

Reply

192

19/8/1903

11/6/1914

Rules of debate

193

19/8/1903

21/11/1989 wef 1st sitting day in 1990

Relevance and anticipation

194

19/8/1903

10/9/1909 wef 1/10/1909

Question may be read

195

19/8/1903

 

Tedious repetition

196

19/8/1903

 

Interruption of speaker: points of order or privilege

197

19/8/1903

10/9/1909 wef 1/10/1909

21/11/1989 wef 1st sitting day in 1990

13/2/1997 wef 24/2/1997

Objection to ruling

198

19/8/1903

10/9/1909 wef 1/10/1909

26/11/1981

Closure of debate

199

19/8/1903

1/8/1934 wef 1/10/1934

2/12/1965 wef 1/1/1966

21/11/1989 wef 1st sitting day in 1990

Putting of question ends debate

200

19/8/1903

 

Adjournment of debate

201

19/8/1903

26/11/1981

[13/5/1987]

21/11/1989 wef 1st sitting day in 1990

Interruption by adjournment of Senate

202

19/8/1903

21/11/1989 wef 1st sitting day in 1990

Infringement of order

203

19/8/1903

23/8/1979

Suspension of senator

204

19/8/1903

28/4/1981

21/11/1989 wef 1st sitting day in 1990

Quarrels between senators

205

19/8/1903

 

Disobedience of orders

206

19/8/1903

 

Chapter 32 Disputed Returns

 

 

 

Petitions disputing returns

207

19/8/1903

 

Chapter 33 Effect and suspension of standing orders

 

 

 

Powers, privileges and immunities not affected

208

19/8/1903

 

Motion for suspension

209

19/8/1903

26/11/1981

21/11/1989 wef 1st sitting day in 1990

13/2/1997 wef 24/2/1997

Effect of suspension

210

19/8/1903

 

 

 

1 * Amendments made by sessional order are shown in square brackets only if they subsequently became permanent changes. Reference is made to the 1989 revision only where substantive amendments were involved (as opposed to mere streamlining or pruning). “wef” = “with effect from”.

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