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An absolute majority, as defined by the standing orders of the House of Representatives, is a majority of the membership of the House (including the Speaker). The current membership of the House is 150 Members, therefore the absolute majority is 76 Members.
An absolute majority is required to carry a motion to suspend standing orders without notice (standing order 47), and on the third reading of a bill which proposes an alteration of the Constitution (standing order 173; Constitution, s.128).
A simple majority is a majority of Members present and voting and this is sufficient for most decisions of the House.
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