Consideration of committee reports and Auditor-General’s reports
There is a period of one hour on Wednesday and Thursday for debate on committee reports then presented, with a speaking time limit of 10 minutes for each senator speaking to a report. This procedure applies to any document presented by a committee at that time.
Another period of one hour on Thursday is provided for consideration of committee reports and government responses to such reports, and each senator may speak to any adjourned debates on motions for the consideration or adoption of committee reports and government responses for not more than 10 minutes. A senator who has already spoken in a debate may speak again under the standing order, and the exercise of the right to speak under the standing order does not prevent a senator speaking for a third time if a motion for the consideration or adoption of a committee report or a government response is called on during the consideration of general business. Because this third opportunity, “in the normal course of business”, does not in practice arise, senators are allowed to speak for a third time if an adjourned debate is called on again on Thursday.
Auditor-General’s reports are also considered at this time, after committee reports.
Any outstanding notices of motion for the consideration or adoption of committee reports, which are relatively rare, are first considered at that time on Thursday because of the special precedence they are given.