ACT Legislative Assembly


CHAPTER 14

VOTING/DIVISIONS

This chapter sets out the procedures relating to voting in the Assembly.

Vote called for

153.    Whenever the Speaker states, on putting a question, that the “Ayes” or the “Noes” (as the case may be) are in the majority, that opinion may be challenged by a Member requesting a call of the Assembly. (Amended 6 March 2008)

Member to vote in accordance with voice

154.    Members shall vote in accordance with their voices (either “Aye” or “No”) and their votes shall be so recorded.

Member calling for vote

155.    A Member calling for a vote shall remain seated until after the Assembly is called and shall vote with those who, in the opinion of the Speaker, were in the minority when the voices were taken.

Conflict of interest

156.    A Member who is a party to, or has a direct or indirect interest in, a contract made by or on behalf of the Territory or a Territory authority shall not take part in a discussion of a matter, or vote on a question, in a meeting of the Assembly where the matter or question relates directly or indirectly to that contract.  Any question concerning the application of this standing order shall be decided by the Assembly. [11]

Member not to vote unless present when call taken

157.    A Member shall not be entitled to vote unless, when the call of the Assembly is taken, that Member is in the Member’s allotted seat. A Member wishing to abstain from voting must absent themselves from the Chamber. (Amended 6 March 2008)

Bells rung – sand-glass turned

158.    Before a vote is taken, the Clerk shall ring the voting bells and turn a 4 minute sand‑glass and the vote shall not be proceeded with until after the lapse of 4 minutes, as indicated by the sand-glass.

Standing order may be waived

159.    The Speaker may dispense with the requirement of standing order 158 if it is apparent that all Members who can be present are in the Chamber.

Question stated – call of Assembly

160.    When Members are in their places, the Speaker shall state the question and then direct the Clerk to call the Assembly. The Clerk shall then call the names of the Members in alphabetical order and each Member on being called shall signify “Aye” or “No” accordingly.

Members present must vote
Member presiding has deliberative vote

161.    On the call of the Assembly being commenced, every Member within the seats allotted to Members shall vote and Members may not move from their places until the result is announced. The Member presiding has a deliberative vote only.

Speaker declares result
Votes equal – question negatived

162.    The Clerk shall then present the list to the Speaker who will declare the result to the Assembly. When the votes are equal, the question shall be resolved in the negative.

Point of order during vote

163.    Should a point of order arise during a vote, it shall be decided by the Speaker.

Votes lists recorded

164.    The Clerk shall record lists of votes in the Minutes of Proceedings.

In case of error Assembly again votes

165.    In case of confusion or error concerning the numbers reported, unless the same can be otherwise corrected, the Assembly shall proceed to another vote.

Record corrected

166.    If a complaint is made to the Assembly that a vote has been inaccurately reported, the Speaker may cause the record to be corrected.


[11]  See section 15 of the Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Act 1988.

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