These commentaries provide the text of the standing order, its amendment history, and information about its origin, evolution, rationale and application.
A consolidated list of time limits on speeches and the consideration of particular items of business.
Time limits on debate PDF (645Kb)
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.
Standing orders PDF (164Kb)
Resolutions agreed to by the Senate on 25 February 1988.
Parliamentary privilege PDF (211Kb)
Ongoing orders that relate to the manner in which the Senate conducts its legislative and inquiry functions and exercises and upholds its constitutional powers.
Procedural orders and resolutions of continuing effect PDF (326Kb)
Resolutions of the Senate relating to the registration and declaration of senators' interests and the receipt of gifts.
Registration and declaration of senators' interests PDF (181Kb)
Resolutions of the Senate relating to television and radio broadcasts of Senate and committee proceedings.
Broadcasting of Senate and committee proceedings PDF (175Kb)
These are orders agreed to by the Senate that operate for a limited period.
Temporary orders currently in effect PDF (157Kb)