Time limits on debate

TIME LIMITS ON DEBATE

Time limits on speeches and for the consideration of particular items of business are provided for in a number of standing orders.

The following list consolidates these time limits and indicates where they can be located in this volume (SO – standing order).

1

Debate

 

 

General – 20 mins

SO 189(1)

 

Extension of time – 10 mins

SO 189(1)

 

In committee – 15 mins

SO 189(3)

 

In reply – 20 mins

SO 189(2)

2

Bills

 

 

First reading of non-amendable bill – 15 mins

SO 112(2)

 

Second reading – 20 mins

SO 189(1)

 

In committee – 15 mins

SO 189(3)

 

Third reading – 20 mins

SO 189(1)

 

Selection of Bills Committee – adoption of report – 5 mins
(limit for debate 30 mins)

SO 24A(7)

 

Reference of a bill to committee – 5 mins
(limit for debate 30 mins)

SO 115(6)

3

Matters of public importance/urgency – 10 mins

SO 75

 

(limit for debate 60 mins, or if no motions are moved after
question time to take note of answers, 90 mins)

SO 75(7)

4

Matters of public interest – 15 mins

SO 57(2)

5

Questions

 

 

Without notice: question – 1 min.; answer – 4 mins;
supplementary questions and answers – 1 min. each

SO 72(3)

 

Motions relating to answers – 5 mins
(limit for debate 30 mins)

SO 72(4)

6

Committee reports and government responses and
Auditor–General’s reports

 

 

Motions relating to committee report on Wednesday or
Thursday – 10 mins (limit for debate 60 mins)

SO 62(4)

 

Resumption of debate on motions for consideration
or adoption – 10 mins (limit for debate 60 mins)

SO 62(1)

7

Government documents

 

 

Motion to take note, Tuesday and Wednesday – 5 mins
(limit for debate 30 mins)

SO 61(3)

 

Resumption Thursday – 5 mins (limit for debate 60 mins)

SO 61(3)

8

General – documents

 

 

Motions moved by leave – 10 mins (limit for debate 30 mins per motion,
60 mins for all motions)

SO 169(2)

9

Suspension of standing orders – 5 mins

 

 

(limit for debate 30 mins)

SO 209(4)

10

Adjournment – 10 mins (except Tuesdays)

 

 

(limit for debate 40 mins, except Tuesdays)

SO 54(5)

 

Note: Time taken to make or determine points of order and form a quorum is not deducted from the time for the senator to speak or ask a question or the time for a debate except the adjournment debate (standing orders 52(7), 197(6)).

SENATE NUMBERS

Quorum

19 (one-quarter)

Absolute majority

39

 

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