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Index to Standing Orders and Continuing Resolutions

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A

  • Absence –
    • Clerk, 14, 15
    • Deputy Speaker, 9
    • Member, 22
    • Speaker, 6, 9
  • Absolute majority, 28, 82, 272
  • Acting Clerk, 15
  • Acting Speaker, 6, 6A
  • Addresses to –
  • Adjournment –
  • Administration and Procedure Committee, 16
  • Advisers, 238
  • Affirmations, 1(c), 1(d), 20
  • Agreement in principle, bill, 171 – 3
  • Allotment of time, 69
  • Amendments
    • admissible, 181
    • agreed to, 142, 184
    • agreed to, in principle, 173
    • amendments to proposed, 145
    • anticipation of other business, 130
    • circulation, 182
    • disallowed, 136
    • earlier part of question, 142
    • forms of, 138
    • Governor – General, recommended by, 195 – 9
    • inadmissible, 188
    • inconsistent, 141
    • long title, 186
    • money proposal, 201, 201A
    • moving of, 138
    • order of moving, 143
    • question when made, 146
    • question when not made, 147
    • relevancy, 140, 173, 181, 198
    • same question, 188
    • signed, 139
    • time for, 142, 143
    • verbal or formal, 191
    • withdrawal of, 144
    • writing, in, 139, 182
  • Answers to questions, 118, 122
  • Anticipation of business on the Notice Paper, 59, 130
  • Appropriation bills, 58, 69(e), 180, 200 , 201, 201A
  • Assembly –
    • adjournment through lack of quorum, 28, 31, 32
    • annual estimates of expenditure, 16
    • offensive words against, 54
  • Assembly business –
  • Attendance of Members –
    • Assembly –
    • committees –
      • requested, 258
      • when examining witnesses, 234, 235
  • Australian Capital Territory (Self‑Government) Act 1988, 1(a – d), 28, 82 , 156, 200
  • Automatic adjournment of Assembly, 34

B

  • Ballot –
    • bells to be rung, 266
    • Chief Minister, election, 3
    • Deputy Speaker, election, 5
  • Ballot — continued
    • Lack of quorum, 31
    • Leader of the Opposition, election, 5B
    • manner of, 267
    • Speaker, election, 2
    • time, 265
  • Bells rung, 2(f), 3(f), 28 , 33, 158, 266
  • Bills –
  • Business –
    • anticipation of, 59, 130
    • arrangement of items, of, 16, 74 – 8
    • Assembly, 16, 77
    • consideration of committee reports, 75, 254
    • conduct of –
      • detail stage, in, 180
      • general rule, 275
    • Executive –
      • order, 78
      • precedence, 77
    • general rule, 275
    • interruption of, 61, 68
    • new, 76
    • obstruction of, 64
    • order of, 16, 74, 77, 78
    • precedence or priority to –
      • Assembly, 77
      • condolence, 126
      • Executive, 77
      • leave of absence motion, 22
      • notices of motion, 105
      • orders of the day, 149
      • point of order, 72
      • private Members', 77
      • privilege matter, 71(e)
      • want of confidence, motion, 82
    • private Members', order, 77A
    • private Members', precedence, 77
    • routine of, 74
  • Broadcasting, guidelines, continuing resolution 3

C

  • Call of Assembly, 160
  • Certificate, Clerk's, 83, 84, 193, 194
  • Chamber –
    • disorder in, 209
    • Members –
    • strangers excluded from, 210
  • Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the ACT –
    • Members make oath or affirmation before, 1(c)
  • Chief Minister
    • election of –
      • new Assembly, 1(g)
      • procedure, 3
    • want of confidence in, 82
    • vacancy in office, 12
  • Citizen’s Right of Reply, continuing resolution 4
  • Clerk –
  • Closure (gag) –
    • debate of, by reply, 49
    • interruption of debate, 61
    • question, of, 70
  • Code of Conduct for Members, continuing resolution 5
  • Commissioner for Standards, continuing resolution 5AA
  • Committees – select and standing
  • Condolences, 126
  • Confidence, want of, in Chief Minister, 82
  • Conflict of interest, 156, 224
  • Contempt, 277, 278
  • Contingent notices of motion not allowed, 108
  • Convening of first meeting of Assembly, 1
  • Custody, Minutes of Proceedings, records, etc., 26

D

  • Debate –
    • abuse of orders or forms of Assembly, 64
    • addressed to Speaker, 42
    • adjournment of, 65 – 7
    • allusion to previous debate, 51
    • answer to question without notice, not to be debated, 118(b)
    • anticipation, 59
    • call of chair, 44
    • closure of (gag), 49, 70
    • conclusion of, question put, 132
    • discussion of matter of public importance (MPI), 79
    • disorderly words, 56
    • documents quoted from, 213
    • explanation –
      • personal, 46
      • speech, 47
    • Governor – General, references to, 53
    • Governors, references to, 53
    • imputations, 55
    • interrupted, resumption, 68
    • interruption of, 39, 56, 61, 68
    • irrelevance, 58, 62
    • judiciary, references to, 54
    • matters not open to, 63
    • Members –
      • references to, 54, 55
      • rising together, 44
      • unable to stand, 43
    • misquoted or misunderstood, 47
    • obstruction of business, 64
    • offensive words, 54, 56, 57
    • order –
      • Member rising may speak to, 45
      • point of order –
        • Member called, ceases speaking, 73
        • Member may be interrupted to raise, 61(a)
        • precedence to, 72
        • Speaker gives ruling, 73
    • order in, rules, 37 – 41
    • order maintained by Speaker, 37
    • personal explanation, 46
    • personal reflections, 55
    • petitions, no discussion, 98
    • point of order, 45, 61(a), 72, 73
    • previous debates, references to, 51
    • privilege matter, 276(e)
    • Queen, references to, 53
    • question under discussion, reading of, 60
    • reflections on –
      • Members, 55
      • vote of Assembly (division), 52
    • relevance, 58
    • repetition, tedious, 62
    • reply –
      • closes, 49
      • right of, 48
    • resumption of, 66, 68
    • right to speak, 45
    • speeches, manner and right of, 42 – 62
    • subject matter, 58 – 60
    • tedious repetition, 62
    • time limits, 69
    • vote of Assembly (division), reflections on, 52
  • Declaration of Private Interests of Members, continuing resolution 6
  • Deliberative vote
    • Chair of committee, 228
    • Speaker, 161
  • Deputy Clerk, 14, 15, 83
  • Deputy Chair, 225 – 8, 229B
  • Deputy Speaker
    • absence of, 9
    • absence of Speaker, 6, 6A
    • Assistant Speakers, 8
    • duties, 6, 6A, 7
    • election of, 4, 5, 13
    • vacancy in office, 13
  • Disallowance motion, 77(i)
  • Disallowed motion or amendment, 136
  • Discharge of orders, 152
  • Discussion papers by committees, 246A
  • Disobedience to orders of Assembly, 208
  • Disorder –
    • committee, in, 209, 229A
    • grave –
    • Member, by, 202
    • other person, by, 209
  • Dissent –
    • report of committee, 251
  • Division See Votes and voting
  • Documents See Papers and documents

E

  • Election of –
    • Chief Minister, 1(g), 3
    • Deputy Speaker, 4, 5
    • Leader of the Opposition, 5A, 5B
    • Speaker, 1(e), 2
  • Eleven o'clock rule, 76
  • Enactments, amendment by Governor-General, 195, 196
  • Entrenching laws, 194
  • Ethics and Integrity Advisor, continuing resolution 6A, 76
  • Evidence, premature publication of, 241
  • Executive business
    • order, 78
    • precedence, 77
  • Executive Members’ business
    • Order of, 16
    • precedence, 77
  • Explanation –
    • personal, 46
    • words of, 47
  • Explanatory statements, 168(c)
  • Extensions of time for speeches, 69(j)

F

G

  • Gag (Closure), 67, 70
  • General rule for conduct of business, 275
  • Governor‑General –
    • addresses to, 268, 270
    • addresses to Queen, 269
    • amendments to enactments, recommended by, 195 – 9
    • messages, 195, 199
    • presentation of addresses, 270
    • references to, 53
    • response to address, 271
  • Governors, references to, 53
  • Grave disorder, 207, 229A
  • Grossly disorderly conduct, 202, 209

H

  • Hansard or transcription service
  • Hour of meeting, 27
  • House of Representatives practice to be observed, 275

I

  • ‘In camera’ evidence, 241
  • Irrelevance in debate, 58, 62

J

  • Judiciary, reference to, 54

L

  • Lack of quorum noticed, 32, 233
  • Latimer House principles, continuing resolution 8A
  • Leader of the Opposition, election of, 5A, 5B
  • Leave of absence, 22 – 4
    • See also ACT (Self – Government) Act 1988 s14
  • Leave of Assembly, 82
  • Legislation Register, bills notified in, 193, 194
  • Library for Assembly, 16
  • Limitation of debate or speeches, 69
  • Lobbyist Register, continuing resolutions 8AB and 8AC

M

  • Majority, absolute, 28, 82, 272
  • Matter of public importance (MPI) –
    • anticipation other business, 130
    • discussion, 69(g), 79
    • Speaker determines, 79
    • time for, 74
  • Meeting of Assembly
    • adjournment, 34, 35, 207
    • convened, 1
    • first of new Assembly, 1
    • motion by Minister, 35, 36
    • quorum at time of, 28
    • time of, 27
  • Members –
    • absence, leave of, 22 – 4
    • affirmations by, 1(c)
    • allegations against, before committee, 259
    • attendance –
      • ordered by Assembly, 208, 257
      • recorded, 21
      • requested by committee, 258
    • Code of Conduct for Members, continuing resolution 5
    • Commissioner for Standards, continuing resolution 5AA
    • committees, admission to, 234
    • conflict of interest, 156, 224
    • disobedience, wilful, 202, 208
    • disorderly conduct, 202, 205
    • entitlements, 16
    • grossly disorderly conduct, 205
    • imputations of improper motives, 55
    • leave of absence, 22 – 4
    • naming of, 202, 205
    • oaths by, 1(c)
    • offences by, 202
    • offensive references to, 54
    • officers of Assembly to remove, 205, 206A
    • ordered to attend Assembly, 208, 257
    • pecuniary interest, 224
    • personal reflections on, 55
    • questions to, 116
    • removal from Chamber, 206A
    • requested to attend committee, 258
    • resignation,
    • roll, 20
    • selection by ballot –
    • suspension of standing orders, 272
    • suspension, period of, 204
    • sworn in, 1(d)
    • voting (division), rights and obligations during, 154 – 7, 161
    • withdrawal from Chamber, 29, 33, 205
    • witnesses, as, 257, 258
  • Messages –
    • from Governor – General, 195,
    • to Governor – General regarding action on amendments, 199
  • Ministerial statements, 74
  • Minister –
    • act for other Minister, 80
    • fixes next meeting, 36
    • money proposals, 200, 201, 201A
    • moves adjournment of Assembly, 35
    • moves motion relating to papers, 214
    • papers presented by, 211
    • petitions referred to, 100
    • questions to, 114
    • response to petition, 98, 100
  • Minutes of Proceedings, 21, 25, 26, 164 , 237
  • Misrepresentation of speech, 47
  • Money proposals, 200, 201, 201A
  • Motions –
    • absence, for leave of, 22
    • absence of Member in charge of, 127
    • adjournment of debate, 65 – 7
    • adjournment of Assembly, 34, 35
    • anticipation of other business, 130
    • called on and not moved, 128
    • closure, debate of, 70
    • committee reports, 254
    • complicated, divided, 133
    • condolence, vote of, 126
    • debate on, not allowed, 63
    • disallowance, 77
    • disallowed, 136
    • leave of absence, for, 22
    • leave to withdraw, 131
    • meeting of Assembly, for next, 36
    • Member giving notice, absent, 127
    • Member failing to move, 128
    • moving of –
      • again, 131
      • without argument or opinion, 63
    • not called on, 125
    • not moved, 127
    • notices of –
      • anticipation of other business, 59, 130
      • alteration of, 110
      • amendment by Speaker, 107
      • contingent, not allowed, 108
      • division of, 106
      • giving of, 101 – 4
      • irregular, 107
      • mover absent, 127
      • not required, when, 123
      • operation of, 112
      • order on Notice Paper, 16, 78, 105
      • precedence to, 124
      • removal from Notice Paper, 125A
      • signature required, 101
      • terms of reported, 103
      • time for dealing with, 74
      • unbecoming or offensive, 107
      • want of confidence in Chief Minister, 82, 103
      • withdrawal of, 111, 128
    • papers and documents –
    • petition relating to, 84
    • postponement of, 124
    • precedence of, 77, 105, 124
    • privilege, matter of, 276(e)
    • procedural, debate not allowed, 63
    • question from Chair, 129, 132
    • questions concerning, 114
    • requiring notice, 123
    • same question, 136
    • substantive, reply allowed, 48
    • superseded, 131
    • suspension of standing orders, 272
    • vote of thanks, 126
    • withdrawal of, 131
    • without notice, 22, 36, 126, 152 , 200, 223, 254
  • MPI (Matter of public importance), 69(g), 74, 79, 130

N

  • Naming of Member, 202 – 206
  • Newspapers, complaint of breach of privilege founded on, 276(b)
  • Notice Paper
    • business arranged by Committee, 16
    • notice of motion –
    • order of business, 16, 78
    • orders of the day –
      • discharged, 152
      • not called on, 151
      • precedence of, 149
    • question on notice, 113
  • Notices of motion see Motions – notices of

O

  • Oaths, 1(c), 1(d), 20
  • Obstruction of business
    • certain proposals, by, 64
    • Member, by, 202(a)
  • Offences by Members, 1(e)
  • Offensive words, 54, 56, 57, 202(c)
  • Officers of the Assembly See Clerk, Deputy Clerk, Witnesses
  • Opening of new Assembly, 1
  • Opposition, Leader, election of, 5A, 5B
  • Orders of the Assembly
    • abuse of, 70
    • disobedience to, 1(e)
    • suspension of, 272
  • Orders of the day –
    • anticipation of discussion of, 59, 117(f), 130
    • Assembly business, order of, 16, 77
    • definition of, 148
    • discharge of, 152
    • Executive business, order of, 77, 78
    • not called on, 151
    • order of, 16, 78
    • petition relating to, 84
    • postponement, 150
    • precedence, 149
    • private Members' business, order of, 16, 77, 77A
    • time for dealing with, 74

P

  • Papers and documents
  • Pecuniary interest, 156, 224
  • Personal –
    • explanation, 46
    • interest, in committee inquiry, 224
    • reflections, 55
  • Petitions –
    • announcement, 98
    • certificate by Clerk or Deputy Clerk, 83
    • e – petitions, 100A, 100B, 100C
    • general rules, 83 – 100
    • presentation, time for, 74, 84
    • out of order, 83A
    • reference –
      • by Clerk to Minister responsible, 100
      • to committee, 99, 99A
    • response by Minister, 98, 100
  • Point of order, 61(a), 72, 73, 163
  • Postponement of
  • Practice of House of Representatives, resort to, 275
  • Prayer, 30, 74
  • Private Members' business –
  • Private Interests of Members, continuing resolution 6
  • Privilege
    • complaint of breach of, written notice, 276
    • criteria, 279
    • matters –
    • newspaper, book, etc., complaint against, 276(b)
    • reference of matter to select committee, 276(e)
    • procedures for protection of witnesses, 280
  • Public importance (MPI), matter of
    • discussion of –
      • concluded, 69
      • procedure, 79
      • time for, 74
      • Speaker determines, 79
  • Public Interest Immunity, continuing resolution 8B
  • Public money, proposals, 200, 201, 201A

Q

  • Queen, Her Majesty The
  • Question on Notice, 120
  • Questions proposed by Chair
    • be now put (closure "gag"), 70
    • debate not allowed, 50, 63
    • decided –
      • by voices, 134
      • by vote, 135
      • when debate concluded, 132
    • declaration of urgency (guillotine), 192
    • negatived, if numbers equal, 162
    • put –
      • forthwith, 63
      • when debate concluded, 132
    • question, division of, 133
    • read if required, 60
    • same question, 136
    • similar proposal, 64
    • voted upon, 135
  • Questions seeking information
    • answers to, 118, 118A, 122
    • anticipating discussion, 117(e)
    • explanation on unanswered questions, 118A
    • form and content rules, 117
    • Hansard, answers, printed in, 122
    • inadmissible, 117
    • Members, to, 116
    • Ministers, to, 114
    • notice of, 113, 120
    • number of questions, 113A
    • persons regarding, 117(d)
    • renewal of, 117(g)
    • Speaker, to, 115
    • supplementary, 113B
    • time for, 74
    • without notice, 74, 113
    • written answers, 122
  • Quorum –
    • Debate interrupted by want of, 32
    • Member speaking interrupted, 61(b)
    • Members not to leave Assembly, 29, 33
    • number required –
    • want of –
      • Assembly –
        • noticed by Member, 32
        • Speaker, action by, 28, 31, 32
        • time of meeting, at, 28
        • vote in, 31
      • before –
        • prayer or reflection, 28
        • sitting, 28
      • bells rung, 28
      • committee –
        • deliberating, 230
        • suspension of meeting, 233
        • taking evidence, 231

R

  • Reconsideration of bill, 187
  • Records, 26
  • Reflection, 30, 74
  • Relevancy of
    • amendments, 140
    • amendments in bills, 173, 181
    • amendments to Governor – General's amendments, 198
    • debate, 58
    • notices of motion, parts of, 106
  • Religious faith, independence of the Assembly from, continuing resolution 8AA
  • Reply –
    • closes debate, 49
    • right of, 48
  • Reports of committees
    • day fixed for presenting, 218
    • motions moved, 254
    • presentation, 75, 253
  • Resolution rescinded, 137
  • See also Motions
  • Roll of Members, 20
  • Routine of business, 74
  • Rules of the Assembly, abuse, 70
  • Rulings of Speaker, 73

S

  • Same question, 136
  • Sand‑glass,, 158
  • Schedules See Bills
  • Secretary to committee – duties relating to–
    • evidence, etc., 241
    • first meeting, 219, 219A
    • minutes of proceedings, 237
    • summoning of witnesses, 240, 255
  • Select committees see Committees – select and standing
  • Similar proposal, 64
  • Sitting and adjournment of
    • Assembly –
      • adjournment –
        • by resolution, 34
        • grave disorder, 207
        • want of quorum, 28, 31, 32
      • hour of meeting, 27
      • next meeting, motion to fix, 36
      • suspended, 2, 3, 28 , 31, 32
        • grave disorder, 207
      • See also Meetings of Assembly
    • committees, 229, 229A, 229C
  • Speaker –
    • absence of, 6, 9
    • acting Speaker, 6
    • adjourns Assembly, 28, 31, 32, 207
    • answers to questions, direct Member to terminate, 118
    • Assistant Speakers, 8, 10
    • bills to Parliamentary Counsel, 193, 194
    • calls Member to speak, 44
    • committee, member of, 16
    • deliberative vote, 161
    • Deputy Speaker, takes Chair, 7
    • determines questions on –
      • answer to question, 118
      • anticipation, 59
      • closure, 70
      • language of question, 117(g)
      • obstructive motions, 64
      • offensive or disorderly words, 57
      • privilege, 276(c)
      • public importance matter, 79
      • same question, 136
    • election of –
      • in new Assembly, 1(e)
      • procedure, 2
      • vacancy, 11
    • Governor – General –
      • messages from announced, 195
      • presentation of addresses to, 270
      • responses from reported, 271
      • transmission of addresses to, 269
    • heard without interruption, 38
    • intervenes in debate, 56
    • Member –
      • discontinues speech, direct to, 62
      • names, 1(e), 205
      • orders withdrawal, 205
    • notices of motion, 106, 107
    • order maintained by, 37
    • papers, 211
    • prayer read by, 30
    • question –
      • decision on, announces, 135
      • put by, 132
      • read by, 60
      • stated by, 160
    • questions seeking information –
    • quorums, want of, action by, 28, 31, 32
    • reflection read by, 30
    • resignation of, 11A
    • ruling of, after point of order, 73
    • sitting suspended by, 207
    • title of Presiding Officer, continuing resolution 11
    • vacancy in office, 11
    • visitors, orders withdrawal, 209
    • votes (division), duties, 31, 135, 153, 160 , 161 – 3
    • waives ringing of bells, 159
    • witnesses, 257, 262
  • Specialist advisers to committees, 238
  • Speeches –
    • contents of and rules See Debate
    • extension of time, 69
    • time limits, 69
  • Standing committees see Committees – select and standing
  • Standing orders
    • duration, 274
    • House of Representatives practice to be observed, 275
    • suspension of, 272, 273
  • Statements –
    • ministerial, 74
    • Chair, committee, 246A
  • Statutory appointments, consideration of, continuing resolution 5A
  • Supplementary questions, 113B
  • Sun Judice, continuing resolution 10
  • Suspension of –
  • Swearing in of Members, 1(d)

T

  • Tedious repetition, 62
  • Thanks, vote of, 126
  • Time –
    • allotment of, 69, 192
    • extension of, for speeches, 69
    • limits –
      • debates and speeches, 69
      • election of –
    • meeting of Assembly, for, 27, 36
    • quorum in committee, for, 232
  • Transcription service see Hansard

U

  • Urgent bills See Bills

V

  • Vacancy in office of –
    • Chief Minister, 12
    • Clerk, 15
    • Deputy Speaker, 13
    • Speaker, 11
  • Vacancy, Senator for the ACT, continuing resolution 9
  • Visitors/Strangers, 209, 210, 236
  • Vote of Assembly (division) –
    • condolence, 126
    • reflection on, 52
    • rescission of, 137
    • same, 136
    • thanks, 126
  • Votes and voting (division) –
    • bells rung, 158, 159
    • called for, 135, 153
    • call of Assembly, 160
    • Clerk calls Assembly, 160
    • committees, 228
    • conflict of interest, 156
    • confusion in, 165
    • equal, question negatived, 162
    • errors in, 165
    • Members –
      • calling for, 135, 153, 155
      • names called in alphabetical order, 160
      • seats –
      • to be within, 157
      • to remain in and vote, 161
    • mistakes in, 166
    • no further debate following, 50
    • point of ordering during, 163
    • question decided by, 134
    • question stated, 160
    • quorum, want of, 31
    • recorded in Minutes of Proceedings, 164
    • reflections upon, 52
    • required, 135
    • rescission, 137
    • result declared, 162
    • sand – glass turned, 158
    • Speaker –
      • deliberative vote, 161
      • opinion challenged, 135
    • voice, voting in agreement with, 154

W

  • Want of confidence in Chief Minister, 82
  • Withdrawal of
  • Witnesses –
    • allegations against Members, 259
    • evidence, premature publication of, 241, 242
    • examination of, 235, 245, 246, 262
    • Members or officers of Assembly, as, 257, 258, 264
    • protection of, 261, 264A
    • recusant, 256
    • refusal of Members to attend when summoned, 258
    • specialist advisers, 238
    • summons of, 240, 255
    • withdrawal of, 263

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