Procedural orders of continuing effect

The following procedural orders are those which were clearly intended to be of continuing effect, and are significant in that they relate to the manner in which the Senate conducts its legislative and inquiry functions and exercises and upholds its constitutional powers.

The text of each order is followed by the date on which it was passed, the page number in the Journals of the Senate at which it appears and any necessary explanatory note.

The orders in this section were agreed to by the Senate up to 30 June 2015. Any orders agreed to by the Senate after that date, or any sessional or temporary orders that operate for a limited period, may be found in the Notice Paper under “Orders of the Senate”.

Legislation

1

Circulation of requests

Committees

2

Disclosure of minority or dissenting reports

3

Unauthorised disclosure of committee proceedings, documents
or evidence

4

Unauthorised disclosure of committee proceedings

5

Joint committee documents – disclosure

6

Witnesses’ expenses

7

Reference of Tax Expenditures Statement to committees considering
estimates

8

Cross portfolio estimates hearing on Indigenous matters

9

Fair Work Australia – consideration of estimates

9A-9B Estimates hearings – Additional hearings 

Accountability

10

Public interest immunity claims

11

Senate and Senate committees – claims of commercial confidentiality

Orders for documents

12

Indexed lists of departmental and agency files

13

Entity contracts

14

Agency advertising and public information projects

15

Departmental and agency appointments and vacancies

16

Departmental and agency grants

17

Family and Community Services – Housing Assistance agreements

18

Shipping Grants Legislation Bill 1996

19

Health – Assessment reports by the Australian Competition and
Consumer Commission

20

Defence – Review of materiel acquisition projects – Report by the
Auditor-General

20A Trade – Free trade agreements 
20B  Estimates hearings – Unanswered questions on notice 

Questions

21

Disallowed questions

Parliamentary secretaries

22

Powers

Senate chamber

23

Australian flag

24

Seating

25

Media representatives and advisers – dress code

26

Photographs

27

Storage of Senate documents

The numbering in this section continues in Resolutions expressing opinions of the Senate

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Standing orders

Section 50 of the Constitution empowers the Senate to make rules and orders with respect to how its powers, privileges, and immunities may be exercised and upheld, and the order and conduct of its business and proceedings.

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