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Appendix 9—Training script—Sitting day parliamentary procedure

Commencement of a sitting day

(All members are in the chamber, except for the Speaker and Serjeant-at-Arms, all members stand)

(Serjeant-at-Arms, carrying mace (if school has one), and Speaker enter the chamber)

Serjeant-at-Arms: Members—the Speaker

(Serjeant-at-Arms places the mace on a stand, moves to their seat and remains standing)

Speaker: At the beginning of this session of the Assembly I acknowledge that we are meeting on the lands of the Ngunnawal people, the traditional owners. I respect their continuing culture and the unique contribution they make to the life of this area. Members, I would ask you to stand in silence and pray or reflect on our responsibilities to the people of [name of school]. Members please sit.

(Speaker sits. All members and clerks sit)

Speaker: Members the rules of the House must be obeyed. Clerk, please read out the rules.

(Clerk stands)

Clerk:

  • Always stand up to speak.
  • Begin your speech with the words “Thank you Mr (or) Madam Speaker”.
  • Members should not interrupt each other.
  • The Speaker keeps order.

(Clerk sits)

Speaker: Members are there any apologies for this sitting day.

(Absence of a member, stand to make the apology)

Member: Miss Smith is absent from the parliament today.

(Member sits)

Speaker: Would the Clerk read the minutes from the previous sitting.

(Clerk stands)

Clerk: The Free Choice of Clothing Day Bill was introduced by the Minister for Fundraising and was passed by the parliament. The Minister for Sport answered a question about the allocation of equipment at lunch break. Task undertaken was to advertise the Free Choice of Clothing Day Bill to students which outlined voluntary participation through a gold coin donation. Money collected going to charity chosen by the school.

(Clerk sits)

Speaker: Is there any business arising from these minutes? At this time, all Members are free to query the content or accuracy of the minutes.

(Members wishing to speak on the minutes stand, the Speaker calls on the member)

Speaker: Minister for Fundraising

(Minister stands)

Minister for Fundraising: Thank you Mr/Madam Speaker. I would like to inform the parliament that the Free Choice of Clothing Day has been advertised though the school newsletter which has been given to all students.

(Minister sits when finished speaking)

(REPEAT THIS PROCESS—until time expires or all members who wish to speak have spoken)

Passing of a Bill

Speaker: Clerk

(Clerk stands and reads title of bill, sits again when finished)

Clerk: The School Walkathon Bill—A Bill for an Act to fundraise for school resources through a walkathon.

Speaker: Chief Minister

(Chief Minister stands)

Chief Minister:

Thank you Mr/Madam Speaker. I present the School Walkathon Bill which will raise additional funds to be used to purchase new sporting equipment for use during sport classes, more books for the library and a new shade cloth over the junior playground to make it a sun safe area to play.

[(insert any further speech notes as required)]

I commend the bill to the Assembly and I move—That this bill be agreed to.

(Chief Minister sits)

Speaker: The question is—That this bill be agreed, members must stand if they wish to contribute to the debate.

(Members—Stand if you wish to speak to this debate, wait for the Speakers call your name)

Speaker: Mr/Miss [surname]

(All member sit, except for member called on by the Speaker)

Member: Thank you Mr/Madam Speaker [insert any further speech notes as required]

(Member sits)

(REPEAT THE PROCESS—until time expires or all members who wish to speak have spoken)

Speaker:

The question is—That this bill be agreed to

Those of that opinion say “AYE” [wait for members to say AYE]

of the contrary “NO” [wait for members to say NO].

(Speaker declares result (for training purposes the Ayes are declared winners so a division can be demonstrated))

Speaker: I think the AYES have it

(Leader of the Opposition challenges the Speakers ruling. This is done by saying the following)

Leader of the Opposition: The NOES have it


Division

Speaker:

Division called for

The question is—That this bill be agreed—Those in favour of the bill raise your hands (Clerk and Deputy Clerk to count and record Ayes).

Speaker: Those against the bill raise your hands (Clerk and Deputy Clerk to count and record Noes).

(Clerk and Deputy Clerk check they have counted the same number of votes recorded on division result sheet, give results to Speaker (example provided))

Speaker: The result of the vote is AYES 13, NOES 12 so the bill is passed.


Speaker: Clerk, are there other bills to be read? Please read the title of the next bill being presented.

(REPEAT THE PROCESS—as above for all further bills to be considered)

Question Time

Speaker: Mr/Miss [surname]

(Leader of the Opposition stands to ask their question)

Leader of the Opposition: Thank you Mr/Madam Speaker. I would like to ask the Minister for the Environment about the school’s involvement in the recent Clean Up Australia Day.

(Leader of the Opposition sits)

(Minister stands)

Minister for Environment: I thank the Member for the question. The school had 20 volunteers, a mixture of staff and students that participated in the event.

(Minister sits)

(REPEAT THE PROCESS—as above for all questions)

Reporting

Speaker: It is now time for reporting and tasks to be undertaken, I call on the Minister for Communication

(Minister for Communication and Media stands to give their report and state which task they will be undertaking for the next parliamentary period (until the next sitting))

Minister for Communication:

Thank you Mr/Madam Speaker. I have been maintaining the SRC display board and keeping classes informed about meeting times for parliament. I have one new matter to mention–the School Fun Day.

The task I will be completing before the next sitting is to assist the Minister for Fundraising to come up with ideas for materials (such as flyers) to help advertise the Fun Day. I will keep the parliament updated on this. Thank you.

(Minister sits)

Speaker: I call on the Minister for Facilities

(Minister for Facilities stands to give their report and state which task they will be undertaking for the next parliamentary period (until the next sitting))

Minister for Facilities:

Thank you Mr/Madam Speaker. I have been in the library and students have reported that there is not enough seats for students.

The task I will be completing before the next sitting to organise a team of students to monitor use of seating in the library over a two week period. I will report back to parliament in our next session on this subject. Thank you.

(Minister sits)

Speaker: I call on the Minister for Health and Safety

(Minister for Health and Safety stands to give their report and state which task they will be undertaking for the next parliamentary period (until the next sitting))

Minister for Health and Safety:

Thank you Mr/Madam Speaker. I have been supervising the bubblers at the end of both recess and lunch breaks. I would like to confirm that all bubblers are working well and students are reporting any breakages or blockages.

The task I will be completing before the next sitting to have a meeting in the coming week with the OH&S Committee. I will report back to Parliament in our next session on this subject. Thank you.

(Minister sits)

Speaker: I call on the Minister for the Environment

(Minister for the Environment stands to give their report and state which task they will be undertaking for the next parliamentary period (until the next sitting))

Minister for the Environment:

Thank you Mr/Madam Speaker. Clean Up Australia Day took place this past weekend on 5 March. We had 20 volunteers from the school contribute to this worthwhile event. Schools Tree Day will take place on 28 July.

The task I will complete before the next sitting is I will meet with the Schools Environment Committee this week to discuss planning for this event. I will report back to parliament in our next session on this subject. Thank you.

(Minister sits)

Speaker: I call on the Minister for Sport

(Minister for Sport stands to give their report and state which task they will be undertaking for the next parliamentary period (until the next sitting))

Minister for Sport:

Thank you Mr/Madam Speaker. I have been overseeing the sport store and report that it has been kept tidy with all gear returned to the correct place. The school require some replacement equipment - the replacement of one volleyball, 6 tennis balls and the purchase of a new cricket bat, since the other one has deteriorated.

The task I will be completing before the next sitting is to meet with the School Walkathon Committee to discuss funding for these items. Thank you.

(Minister sits)

Speaker: I call on the Minister for Fundraising

(Minister for Fundraising stands to give their report and state which task they will be undertaking for the next parliamentary period (until the next sitting))

Minister for Fundraising:

Thank you Mr/Madam Speaker. The newly formed Fundraising Committee met last week to discuss the School Walkathon. Sponsorship forms need to be created after the bill has been approved by the school principal. These will need to be given to all students and we will ask the sport teachers to design a suitable course for students to complete.

The task I will assist with is the design of a sponsorship sheet for students. With the Minister for Communication we plan to advertise the walkathon through the school’s social media account. Thank you.

(Minister sits)

Speaker: I call on the Leader of the Opposition

(Leader of the Opposition stands to give their report and state which task they will be undertaking for the next parliamentary period (until the next sitting))

Leader of the Opposition:

Thank you Mr/Madam Speaker. Further to the Minister for Health and Safety’s mention of the school bubblers—there have been reports of some uneven pavers around the bubblers due to root growth from nearby trees.

The task I will be completing before the next sitting is to liaise with the Parents and Citizens Committee representative to suggest removal and replacement of the uneven pavers to assure student safety. Thank you.

(Leader of the Opposition sits)

The end of a sitting day

Speaker: Members the parliament is now adjourned until 6 April.

(Clerk stands)

Clerk: Members please stand.

(Serjeant-at-Arms, carrying mace (if school has one), and Speaker stand and leave the Chamber. Once they have left the room all other Members are free to leave)

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