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Odgers' Australian Senate Practice Thirteenth Edition

Chapter 10 - Debate

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Question read

A senator may require the question to be read at any time during a debate but not so as to interrupt a senator speaking.[171] This procedure was virtually obsolete until revived in 1996.[172] The Chair may decline to have the question read if it has been circulated to senators in print, which is now usually the case.[173]


171. SO 195.
172. SD, 18/10/1996, p. 4485; 29/10/1996, p. 4660; 25/11/2010, pp. 2193-4.
173. Ruling of President Calvert, SD, 15/9/2003, p. 15079.