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Odgers' Australian Senate Practice Thirteenth Edition

Chapter 6 - Senators

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Other office-holders

The standing orders and procedures of the Senate also recognise senators who are ministers and parliamentary secretaries. Ministers are given certain powers, such as the power to move for the adjournment of the Senate at any time without notice and to move a motion at any time without notice relating to the conduct of the business of the Senate.[45] An order of 6 May 1993, as amended, allows parliamentary secretaries to exercise the powers of ministers except answering questions at question time and appearing for Senate ministers before committees considering estimates in relation to those ministers’ responsibilities.

45. SO 53(2), 56; see Chapter 19, Relations with the Executive Government.