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Chapter 1 - The Opening of Parliament

Standing Order No.

Proceedings on opening

1

Governor-General’s speech

2

Address-in-reply

3

Opening of Parliament by the Queen

4

 
Chapter 2 - Office of the President

Standing Order No.

Term of office

5

Election of President

6

Ballot

7

Presentation to Governor-General

8

 
Chapter 3 - Deputy President and Chairman of Committees

Standing Order No.

Term of office

9

Appointment of Deputy President

10

Duty of Chairman

11

Temporary Chairmen

12

 
Chapter 4 - Absence of President, Deputy President and officers

Standing Order No.

Absence of President

13

Absence of both officers

14

Relief of President

15

Absence of Clerk

16

 

Chapter 5 - Standing and Select Committees

Standing Order No.

Standing Committees

Procedure

17

Privileges

18

Appropriations and Staffing

19

Library

20

House

21

Publications

22

Senators’ Interests

22A

Regulations and Ordinances

23

Scrutiny of Bills

24

Selection of Bills

24A

Legislative and general purpose

25

Estimates

26

   

General Committee Provisions

Membership

27

Time for reporting

28

Quorum

29

Meetings

30

Chairman

31

Proceedings

32

Meetings during sitting

33

Powers

34

Witnesses

35

Public and private meetings

36

Disclosure of evidence and documents

37

Reports

38

Proceedings on report

39

Meetings with House of Representatives committees

40

Lists of committees

41

Joint committees

42

 
Chapter 6 - Journals and records of the Senate

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Publication of Journals and records

43

Custody of records

44

 

Chapter 7 - Senators' roll, attendance and places of Senators

Standing Order No.

Roll

45

Attendance of senators

46

Leave of absence to senators

47

Senators’ seats

48

 

Chapter 8 - Sittings, quorum and adjournment of the Senate

Standing Order No.

Meeting of Senate

49

Prayer

50

Quorum at commencement of sitting

51

Quorum during sitting

52

Adjournment of Senate

53

Adjournment without motion

54

 

Chapter 9 - Times of sittings and routine of business

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Times of meetings

55

Conduct of business

56

Routine of business

57

Business of the Senate

58

Government and general business

59

Reports of committees – precedence

60

Consideration of government documents

61

Consideration of committee reports and government responses and Auditor-General’s reports

62

Presentation of documents

63

New business

64

Government business on Notice Paper

65

Formal motions

66

Postponement of business

67

Interruption of business

68

 

Chapter 10 - Petitions

Standing Order No.

Presentation of petitions

69

Form of petitions

70

Content of petitions

71

 

Chapter 11 - Questions seeking information

Standing Order No.

Questions without notice

72

Rules for questions

73

Questions on notice

74

 

Chapter 12 - Matters of public importance and urgency

Standing Order No.

Proposal for debate

75

 

Chapter 13 - Notice of motion

Standing Order No.

Giving of notices

76

Alteration and withdrawal of notices

77

Disallowance motions

78

 

Chapter 14 - Motions and questions

Standing Order No.

Notice required

79

Disposal of motions

80

Privilege motions

81

Motions concerning contempts

82

Moving of motions

83

Putting of question

84

Anticipatory motions

85

Same question

86

Rescission of order

87

Leave of the Senate

88

Superseded question

89

 

Chapter 15 - Amendments

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Moving of amendments

90

Putting of amendments

91

Same amendment

92

Amendments to amendments

93

 

Chapter 16 - Previous Question

Standing Order No.

Form of previous question

94

Determination of previous question

95

 

 

Chapter 17 - Orders of the day

Standing Order No.

Source of orders

96

Disposal of orders

97

 

Chapter 18 - Divisions

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Calling for divisions

98

Voting by President

99

Voting in divisions

100

Taking of divisions

101

Recording of divisions

102

Points of order

103

Correction of divisions

104

Divisions in committee

105

 

Chapter 19 - Roll call

Standing Order No.

Notice of order

106

Order for roll call

107

Conduct of roll call

108

Senators not present

109

Roll call for Constitution alteration bills

110

 

 

Chapter 20 - Bills

Standing Order No.

Initiation

111

First reading

112

Expedited proceedings on bills

113

Second reading

114

Committal

115

Consideration in committee

116

Order of consideration

117

Amendments in committee

118

Uncompleted proceedings in committee

119

Report from committee

120

Recommittal on report

121

Third reading

122

Recommittal on third reading

123

Corrections

124

Transmission to House of Representatives

125

House of Representatives amendments on bills originated in the Senate

126

Bill again returned from the House of Representatives

127

Bills received from the House of Representatives

128

Requests

129

Amendments changed to requests

130

Return of House of Representatives bill

131

Disagreement with Senate amendments

132

House of Representatives amendments to Senate amendments

133

Amendments after disagreement

134

Bills amending the Constitution

135

Lapsed bills

136

Presentation for assent

137

Amendments proposed by the Governor-General

138

Assent to bill

139

Requests on bills not amendable by the Senate

140

Requests not complied with

141

Limitation of debate on bills

142

 

Chapter 21 - Committees of the Whole

Standing Order No.

Appointment of committee

143

Proceedings in committee

144

Objection to chairman’s ruling

145

President to resume chair

146

Quorum

147

Report of committee

148

 

Chapter 22 - Instructions to committees

Standing Order No.

Effect of instruction

149

Instructions on bills

150

Notice required

151

 

Chapter 23 - Communication between the two houses

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Methods of communication

152

Messages from the Senate

153

Communicating a resolution

154

Messages from the House of Representatives

155

 

Chapter 24 - Conferences

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Request for conference

156

Appointment of managers

157

Sitting suspended

158

Time and place of conference

159

Proceedings at conference

160

Report of conference

161

One conference only

162

 

Chapter 25 - Ballots

Standing Order No.

Conduct of ballot

163

 

Chapter 26 - Tabling of documents

Standing Order No.

Order for the production of documents

164

Documents from the Governor-General

165

Other methods of tabling documents

166

Publication of tabled documents

167

Documents quoted in debate

168

Motions after tabling

169

Amendments after tabling

170

 

Chapter 27 - Addresses to the Queen or the Governor-General

Standing Order No.

Making of address

171

Presentation of address

172

 

Chapter 28 - Messages from the Governor-General

Standing Order No.

Presentation of message

173

 

Chapter 29 - Visitors

Standing Order No.

Distinguished visitors

174

Conduct of visitors

175

 

Chapter 30 - Witnesses

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Summoning of witnesses

176

Senators as witnesses

177

Members or officers of the House of Representatives

178

Requests from the House of Representatives

179

Witnesses in prison

180

Protection of witnesses

181

Witnesses before the Senate

182

Evidence given elsewhere by senators or officers

183

 

Chapter 31 - Conduct of Senators and rules of debate

Standing Order No.

Order maintained by President

184

Conduct of senators

185

The call to speak

186

Speeches not to be read

187

Right to speak

188

Time limits on speeches

189

Personal explanations

190

Explanations of speeches

191

Reply

192

Rules of debate

193

Relevance and anticipation

194

Question may be read

195

Tedious repetition

196

Interruption of speaker: points of order or privilege

197

Objection to ruling

198

Closure of debate

199

Putting of question ends debate

200

Adjournment of debate

201

Interruption by adjournment of Senate

202

Infringement of order

203

Suspension of senator

204

Quarrels between senators

205

Disobedience of orders

206

 

Chapter 32 - Disputed returns

Standing Order No.

Petitions disputing elections

207

 

Chapter 33 - Effect and suspension of standing orders

Standing Order No.

Powers, privileges and immunities not affected

208

Motion for suspension

209

Effect of suspension

210

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