Odgers' Australian Senate Practice Thirteenth Edition

Chapter 9 - Motions and amendments

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Determination of motions

When a motion has been duly moved, in accordance with a notice if notice is required, and accepted by the chair as a motion conforming with the rules of the Senate, the senator moving the motion may speak to it and debate may ensue in accordance with the rules relating to the conduct of debate. Senators may move amendments to the motion,[32] and those amendments may be debated in accordance with those rules. At the conclusion of the debate, the chair puts the questions for any amendments to be agreed to and then for the motion, as amended if amendments have been made, to be agreed to, and the Senate votes on the motion.

A senator may move a motion on behalf of another senator. A motion not moved when called on lapses and is removed from the Notice Paper. Once moved, a motion is in the possession of the Senate, and cannot be withdrawn without leave.[33]

A motion need not be seconded when moved, the procedure of seconding having been abolished in 1981.[34]

The chair may divide a complicated motion into two or more parts.[35]


32. See under Amendments, below.
33. SO 83.
34. See Annotated Standing Orders of the Australian Senate, under SO 84.
35. SO 84(3); see Chapter 10, Debate, under Dividing the question.

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