Standing orders and other orders of the Senate

Standing orders

Section 50 of the Constitution empowers the Senate to make rules and orders with respect to how its powers, privileges, and immunities may be exercised and upheld, and the order and conduct of its business and proceedings. 

Time limits on debate

A consolidated list of time limits on speeches and the consideration of particular items of business. 

Parliamentary privilege

Resolutions agreed to by the Senate on 25 February 1988. 

Procedural orders and resolutions of continuing effect

Ongoing orders that relate to the manner in which the Senate conducts its legislative and inquiry functions and exercises and upholds its constitutional powers. 

Registration and declaration of senators' interests

Resolutions of the Senate relating to the registration and declaration of senators' interests and the receipt of gifts.

Broadcasting of Senate and committee proceedings

Resolutions of the Senate relating to television and radio broadcasts of Senate and committee proceedings.

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These commentaries provide the text of the standing order, its amendment history, and information about its origin, evolution, rationale and application.

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