ACT Legislative Assembly


CHAPTER 7

BUSINESS

This chapter sets out the procedures relating to business of the Assembly, including the routine of business, matters of public importance and want of confidence in the Chief Minister.

Routine of business
Matter of public importance
Ministers to act for each other
Precedence to want of confidence motion
Leave of the Assembly 

Routine of business

74.     The Assembly shall proceed each day with its ordinary business in the following routine:

          Prayer or reflection

          Presentation of petitions

          Ministerial statements

          Notices and orders of the day

          Questions without notice

          Presentation of papers

          Ministerial statements

          Matter of public importance

          Notices and orders of the day:

provided that at 2.30 pm on each day the Speaker shall interrupt the business before the Assembly in order that questions without notice shall be called on, and (Temporary order 9 December 2008. Adopted 3 May 2012. Amended 27 November 2012, 4 June 2015)

(a)     if a vote is in progress at the time fixed for interruption, that vote, and any vote consequent upon that vote, shall be completed and the result announced; and

(b)     the Speaker shall fix a later hour for the resumption of the debate on any business under discussion and not disposed of at the time of interruption; (Amended 4 May 1995, 1 June 1995 and 2 April 2009)

provided further that, in relation to ministerial statements, copies shall be provided to the Speaker for circulation to all Members two hours prior to the time at which the statement is proposed to be made; and that Ministers shall table a copy of the statement and move that the paper be noted. (Adopted 27 November 2012. Amended 4 June 2015)

Presentation of papers and reports

75.     Papers and reports of standing and select committees may be presented at any time when other business is not before the Assembly.

New business

76.     New business may not be taken after 11 pm, unless otherwise ordered prior to 11 pm. (Amended 6 March 2008)

Business – precedence over

77.     Executive business shall, on each day of sitting, have precedence over all private Members’ and Assembly business, except that:

(a)     on sitting Wednesdays, private Members' business shall have precedence over Executive business; (Amended 11 December 1996).

(b)     on sitting Thursdays, Assembly business shall have precedence over Executive business in the ordinary routine of business for 45 minutes from the conclusion of consideration of any Executive notices of intention to present bills;

(c)     on sitting Thursdays, Executive Members’ business shall have precedence over Executive business in the ordinary routine of business for 1 hour from the conclusion of Assembly business; (Adopted 27  November 2012)

provided further that:

(d)     if a vote is in progress at the time precedence expires, that vote or any vote consequent upon that vote shall be completed and the result announced;

(e)     when there is no question before the Chair during private Members’ business and at any time during the consideration of Assembly business or Executive Members’ business any Member may move that Executive business be called on and the question on such motion shall be put forthwith without amendment or debate provided further that at any time during the consideration of Assembly business any Member may move that Executive Members’ business be called on and the question on such motion shall be put forthwith without amendment or debate; (Amended 11 December 1996, 31 October 2013)

(f)      when the time for precedence to Assembly business or Executive Members’ business expires, any Member may move that the time allotted to that business be extended by 30 minutes and the question on such motion shall be put forthwith without amendment or debate; and (Amended 27 November 2012)

(g)     the Speaker shall fix the next sitting Wednesday for the resumption of the debate on any business under discussion and not disposed of at the expiration of the time allotted to private Members’ business and the next sitting Thursday for the resumption of the debate on any business under discussion and not disposed of at the expiration of the time allotted to Assembly business or Executive Members’ business or at the time Assembly business or Executive Members’ business is interrupted. (Amended 27 November 2012)

For the purpose of this standing order and standing order 16, Assembly business is:

(h)    any notice of a motion or order of the day relating to the establishment or membership of a committee or the referral of a matter to a committee;

(i)     any order of the day for the consideration of a motion moved upon the presentation of a committee discussion paper, committee report or the Government response to a committee report;

(j)     any notice of motion or order of the day to amend, disallow, disapprove or declare void and of no effect any instrument made under any Act of the Assembly which provides for the instrument to be subject to amendment, disallowance or disapproval of the Assembly or subject to a resolution of the Assembly declaring the instrument to be amended or void and of no effect or any other order of the day to consider such a motion; and (Amended 4 May 1995)

(k)     any notice of motion or order of the day which deals with the administration of the Assembly or the manner in which the Assembly conducts its proceedings. (Amended 6 March 2008)

For the purpose of this standing order and standing order 16, Executive Members’ business is business which has been introduced by a crossbench member of the Executive. (Adopted 27 November 2012)

Order of private Members’ business

77A.   An order of the day relating to a notice of motion under private Members’ business having been moved and debated and either:

(a)     adjourned pending the Assembly’s suspension for lunch; or

(b)     interrupted pursuant to standing order 74 and the Speaker setting a later hour of the day for the consideration of the matter;

this order has precedence over all other private Members’ business, in accordance with standing orders 74 and 77, if debate has been adjourned by the Assembly until a later hour that day. (Inserted 6 March 2008)

Order of Executive business

78.     Subject to standing order 77, the Manager of Government Business may arrange the order of Executive business notices and orders of the day on the Notice Paper.  (Amended 4 May 1995)

Matter of public importance

79.     A Member may propose to the Speaker that a matter of public importance be submitted to the Assembly for discussion on sitting days other than those in which private Members’ business has precedence. Written notice of the matter shall be given to the Speaker not less than 1 ½ hours before the time fixed for the meeting of the Assembly; if the Speaker determines that the matter is in order, it shall be submitted to the Assembly. If more than one matter is proposed for the same day, the Speaker shall determine by lot before the commencement of the sitting the matter to be submitted to the Assembly for discussion that day. (Amended 4 May 1995) (Temporary order 9 December 2008. Adopted 22 March 2012)

Ministers to act for each other

80.     A Minister, in the absence of another Minister, may act for and on behalf of that Minister in relation to any business before the Assembly of which that other Minister has charge.

Precedence to want of confidence motion

81.     A motion of no confidence in the Chief Minister, of which at least one week’s notice has been given, shall, until it is disposed of, take precedence over all other business. Such motion must be carried by an absolute majority of the Members. [10]

Leave of the Assembly

82.     Leave of the Assembly may only be granted if no Member present objects. (Amended 6 March 2008)


[10]  See section 19 of the Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Act 1988.

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