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Monitoring and review of procedural changes implemented in the 43rd Parliament: 4th Report

November 2012

© Commonwealth of Australia 2012

ISBN 978-0-642-79826-8 (Printed version)
ISBN 978-0-642-79827-5 (HTML version)

View the report as a single document - (PDF 695KB)

View the report as separate downloadable parts:

Preliminary pages (PDF 105KB)
Chapter 1 Introduction (PDF 77KB)

Scope of the inquiry
Conduct of the inquiry
Structure of the report

Chapter 2 The reforms – an overview (PDF 137KB)

The objective of the reforms
Role of the Speaker
Selection Committee
Question Time
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
Repeating a division
Non-procedural reforms
Parliamentary resources
Enhancing parliamentary standards

Chapter 3 Increased participation by all Members (PDF 131KB)

Private Members’ business
Selection Committee
Private Members’ motions
Private Members’ bills
Committee comment
Other opportunities for private Members
Adjournment debates
Members’ 90 second statements
Discussion of Matters of Public Importance (MPI)
The balance between private Members’ business and government business and the nature of legislative debate
Committee comment

Chapter 4 Question Time (PDF 107KB)

Question Time
Time limits and duration
Supplementary questions
Content of questions and answers
Backbench question time
Committee comment

Chapter 5 The committee system and other issues (PDF 224KB)

Committee system
Number of committees and membership
Referral of bills to committees
Statements by Chairs and Deputy Chairs
Government responses
Committee comment
Other issues
Changes to weekly sitting hours
Refinements to improve the efficiency of proceedings
Renaming of the Main Committee
Committee comment

Appendix A – List of submissions and exhibits (PDF 41KB)
Appendix B – Agreement for a Better Parliament: Parliamentary Reform (PDF 175KB)
Appendix C – Recommendations of previous interim reports (PDF 82KB)

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