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Interim Report: Monitoring and review of procedural changes implemented in the 43rd Parliament

April 2011

© Commonwealth of Australia 2011

ISBN 978-0-642-79455-0 (Printed version)
ISBN 978-0-642-79456-7 (HTML version)

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Preliminary pages (PDF 276KB)

Membership of the Committee
Committee Secretariat
Terms of reference
List of abbreviations
List of recommendations

Chapter 1 Introduction (PDF 232KB)

Environment for parliamentary reform
Scope of the inquiry
Conduct of the inquiry
Structure of the report

Chapter 2 The reforms—an overview (PDF 291KB)

Preamble to the Agreement
Role of the Speaker
Selection Committee
Questions without notice
Private Members’ business and other opportunities for private Members
Voting on private Members’ bills
Other opportunities for private Members
The House committee system
Consideration of bills
Questions during second reading debate
Other procedural reforms
Recommittal of votes
Non-procedural reforms
Resources of the parliament
House Committee on Appropriations and Administration
Parliamentary Budget Office
Codifying and enhancing parliamentary standards

Chapter 3 Strengthening the parliament: increased participation by all Members (PDF 281KB)

More opportunities for contributions by private Members
Allocated time for private Members’ business
The Selection Committee and private Members’ business
Private Members’ motions and bills
Committee comment
Other opportunities for private Members
Adjournment debates
Members’ 90 second statements and three minute constituency statements
Matters of Public Importance
The balance between private Members’ business and government business and the nature of legislative debate
Committee comment

Chapter 4 Changes to Question Time and committees (PDF 478KB)

Reforms to Question Time
Committee comment
Changes to the system of House committees
Committee comment

Chapter 5 Current and emerging issues (PDF 432KB)

Changes to weekly sitting hours
The impact of longer sitting hours
Adapting to additional sitting hours
Committee comment
Refinements to improve the efficiency of proceedings
Presentation of private Members’ bills
Private Members’ items in the Main Committee
Speaking time limits
Other issues
Listing of private Members’ business items to be voted on in the Notice Paper
Selection Committee
Appointment of supplementary members to House committees
Naming of the Main Committee
Committee comment
Concluding statement

Appendix A – Agreement for a Better Parliament: Parliamentary Reform (PDF 149KB)
Appendix B – Overview of procedural changes (PDF 385KB)
Appendix C – List of submissions and exhibits (PDF 72KB)
Appendix D – Selection Committee Principles (PDF 98KB)
Appendix E – Submission from the Clerk of the House of Representatives (PDF 528KB)

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