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House of Representatives Practice, 6th edition – HTML version

The comprehensive and authoritative text on the procedure and practice of the House of Representatives. This 6th Edition was published in September 2012.

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Chapter 1- The Parliament and the role of the House

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Chapter 2- House, Government and Opposition

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Chapter 3- Elections and the electoral system

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Chapter 4- Parliament House and access to proceedings

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Chapter 5- Members

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Chapter 6- The Speaker, Deputy Speakers and officers

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Chapter 7- The Parliamentary Calendar

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Chapter 8- Order of business and the sitting day

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Chapter 9- Motions

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Chapter 10- Legislation

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Chapter 11- Financial legislation

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Chapter 12- Senate amendments and requests

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Chapter 13- Disagreements between the Houses

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Chapter 14- Control and conduct of debate

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Chapter 15- Questions

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Chapter 16- Non-government business

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Chapter 17- Documents

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Chapter 18- Parliamentary committees

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Chapter 19- Parliamentary privilege



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Appendix 1- Governors-General

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Appendix 2- Speakers of the House of Representatives

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Appendix 3- Deputy Speakers

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Appendix 4- Leaders of the Opposition

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Appendix 5- Clerks of the House of Representatives

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Appendix 6- Prime Ministers

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Appendix 7- Chronological list of Ministries

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Appendix 8- Leaders of the House

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Appendix 9- Number of Ministers—statutory variations

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Appendix 10- Party affiliations in the House of Representatives

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Appendix 11- Electoral divisions—number at general elections

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Appendix 12- General Elections – Significant dates from 19th to 43rd Parliaments

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Appendix 13- Election Petitions—House of Representatives

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Appendix 14- Referendums to alter the Constitution

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Appendix 15- Chronology of Parliaments

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Appendix 16- Sittings of the House

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Appendix 17- Consideration of Legislation by the House

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Appendix 18- Senate requests for amendments to bills

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Appendix 19- Bills reserved for the sovereign’s assent and bills returned by the governor-general with recommended amendments

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Appendix 20- Statistics on selected house proceedings

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Appendix 21- Questions

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Appendix 22- Proportion of house time by category of business – recent parliaments

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Appendix 23- Percentage of House time spent on Government and Private Members’ Business —recent Parliaments

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Appendix 24- Committees of the House of Representatives and Joint Committees

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Appendix 25- Matters raised as matters of privilege in the House