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The Disallowance Alert lists all instruments subject to a notice of motion for disallowance (whether at the instigation of the committee or an individual senator or member). The progress and eventual outcome of any such notice is also recorded.
Section 42 of the Legislation Act 2003 provides the framework for the standard disallowance process, which is supported by standing orders. The key features are:
- within 15 sitting days after tabling a senator or member of the House of Representatives may give notice of a motion to disallow the instrument (in whole or in part);
- if the motion is agreed to, the instrument is disallowed and it then ceases to have effect;
- if a notice of motion to disallow the instrument has not been resolved or withdrawn within 15 sitting days after having been given, the instrument is deemed to have been disallowed and it ceases to have effect; and
- disallowance has the effect of repealing the instrument – if the instrument repealed all or part of an earlier instrument then disallowance also has the effect of reviving that part of the earlier instrument.
For guidance regarding the interpretation of the expression ‘sitting day’ in section 42 of the Legislation Act 2003, see Odgers' Australian Senate Practice, 14th Edition (2016), Chapter 15, pp 446-447.
For more information regarding the disallowance process, see Odgers' Australian Senate Practice, 14th Edition (2016), the Brief Guide to Senate Procedure No.19 - Disallowance and House of Representatives Guide to Procedure, Chapter 14 - Delegated legislation - Disallowance and approval.
Notices are recorded chronologically in order of the date they were given, starting with the most recent at the top of the table.
Please refer to the Disallowance Alert webpage from 2017 for any motions initiated in 2017 which are yet to be resolved.
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