Appendix 1: Business of the House and Federation Chamber

This appendix contains summary information on the business of the House and Federation Chamber in 2017–18.

Meetings of the House of Representatives, 2017–18

Events Spring 2017 Autumn–Winter 2018 Total

Sitting weeks

8

9

17

Sitting days

27

33

60

Hours of sittinga

     
  • including suspensions

251

300

551

  • excluding suspensions

251

297

548

Sittings after midnight

1

0

1

Government bills introducedb

71

116

187

Private members’ bills introducedc

15

20

35

Private members’ motions moved

8

15

23

Committee reports presented

74

73

147

Days on which:

     
  • the adjournment motion was debated

25

30

55

  • matters of public importance were discussed

20

26

46

  • private members’ business occurred

5

7

12

Divisions

89

52

141

Closure of question agreed to

8

7

15

Closure of member agreed to

15

6

21

Bills guillotined

0

0

0

  1. Hours are rounded to the nearest hour. Discrepancies in totals are due to rounding.
  2. Includes 15 Senate bills.
  3. Includes five private senators’ bills.

Meetings of the Federation Chamber, 2017–18

Events Spring 2017 Autumn–Winter 2018 Total

Number of meetings

27

32

59

Hours of meeting (excluding suspensions)a

99

132

231

Bills referred

24

26

50

Private members’ bills debated

1

2

3

Private members’ motions moved

40

46

86

Committee reports presented

0

0

0

Committee and delegation reports referred

16

12

28

Other documents debated

3

1

4

Days on which

     
  • the adjournment motion was debated

7

8

15

  • grievance debate occurred

7

7

14

  • private members’ business occurred

5

8

13

  1. Hours are rounded to the nearest hour. Discrepancies in totals are due to rounding.

Bills and amendments dealt with by the House of Representatives (including the Federation Chamber), 2013–14 to 2017–18

Events 2013–14 2014–15 2015–16 2016–17 2017–18

Government bills introduced (including bills brought from the Senate)

175

191

141

213

187

Initiated in:

  • the House

173

181

136

206

172

  • the Senate

2

10

5

7

15

Private members’ bills introduceda

7

12

21

35

35

Second-reading amendments moved

36

22

16

40

45

Consideration-in-detail amendments moved:

  • government

14

215

60

58

453

  • opposition

50

62

38

44

44

  • non-aligned

2

26

21

71

9

  • amendments to private members’ bills

0

0

0

0

93

Consideration-in-detail amendments passed:

  • government

14

215

60

58

453

  • opposition

0

4

2

0

3

  • non-aligned

0

0

0

1

0

  • amendments to private members’ bills

0

0

0

0

0

  1. Includes private senators’ bills.
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