13.1 Introduction of Bills (SO 188) - Bills

Introduction of Bills
(SO 188)


Minister: I move, That a bill be introduced for an Act [long title of the bill]


Speaker: The Question is: That this bill be now introduced

(NO DEBATE OR AMENDMENT ALLOWED)

Minister: I bring up the Bill

(Minister hands copy of Bill to Clerk)

Minister: I move, That this bill be now read a second time

(Minister delivers speech)

(Opposition Member will then move that the debate be now adjourned)

(When agreed to)

Minister: Mr Speaker, I ask that you fix the resumption of this debate as an Order of the Day for a future day


Speaker: I fix the resumption of this debate as an Order of the Day for a future day
Related Orders, Precedents and Rulings
Standing Order 188CHAPTER 16 - BILLS 188. The procedure for the introduction and the passage of a bill up to its agreement in principle is as follows: The title of a bill must agree with the notice of intention to present it, and every clause must come within the title. It shall not be necessary to specify in the long title every Act which it is proposed to amend. A notice of motion to introduce is given. It is sufficient for the mover to read the short title. The motion to introduce the bill shall include the long title. The question “That this bill be now introduced” shall be put without debate or amendment. The bill as introduced shall correspond with the notice of motion. 3 copies of the bill shall be handed to the Clerk. The bill shall be printed, with an explanatory note if applicable, without motion put. The motion “That this bill be now agreed to in principle” may be moved forthwith or set down for a later time. Immediately following the mover's speech the debate shall be adjourned. The mover shall ask the Speaker to fix the resumption of the debate as an Order of the Day for a future day which shall be at least five clear days ahead. On the reading of the Order of the Day a motion may be moved “That this bill be now agreed to in principle” or that the order be postponed or, on motion without notice, that the order be discharged. A further motion may be moved that the bill be withdrawn. amended 3 July 2009
House FormsIntroduction of Bills (SO 188) Minister: I move, That a bill be introduced for an Act [long title of the bill] Speaker: The Question is: That this bill be now introduced (NO DEBATE OR AMENDMENT ALLOWED) Minister: I bring up the Bill (Minister hands copy of Bill to Clerk) Minister: I move, That this bill be now read a second time (Minister delivers speech) (Opposition Member will then move that the debate be now adjourned) (When agreed to) Minister: Mr Speaker, I ask that you fix the resumption of this debate as an Order of the Day for a future day Speaker: I fix the resumption of this debate as an Order of the Day for a future day
Notes for the ChairRESUMPTION OF SECOND READING DEBATE Debate on a bill cannot be resumed until after five clear days unless standing orders have been suspended to permit otherwise or a bill has been declared urgent in accordance with Standing Order 189. The day that debate is adjourned is not counted as one of the five clear days. It is the practice of the House that the lead speaker for the Opposition speaks first in the debate on a Government bill when it resumes. However, if the Member in charge of the bill wishes to add to their second reading speech, they are entitled to speak first at any time that the order of the day is called on. The second reading is the stage at which the general principles of the bill are considered. The second reading debate should avoid unnecessary discussion. Speakers' rulings have implied that where a bill is specific and of limited application debate is limited, but when the bill is a comprehensive measure, a very complex one or one which sets out new precedents the debate may be wide-ranging. Apart from this general principle setting the scope of debate in relation to bills, certain Speakers' rulings have helped to define what Members can and cannot refer to during the second reading debate. For instance, brief reference may be made to an earlier bill on a similar matter, complementary legislation, an analogous situation, matters which Members believe should be included or considered, and a bill that is not yet law. Members, are however, generally prohibited from discussing a bill clause by clause, referring to portions of the principal Act not affected by the bill, and debate at large on Government policy. Amendments may be moved to the question for a bill to be read a second time to refer the bill to a committee, dispose of the bill, or defer consideration to a later time. At the conclusion of the debate, the Member who moved the motion for the bill to be read a second time has a right of reply. The Speaker then puts the question, "That this bill be now read a second time". Key rulings: Debate
2012 PrecedentAfter a discrepancy was found between the long title of a bill and the notice of motion introducing the bill, a corrected notice was provided to the House. PD 22/8/2012, p 14254; VP 22/6/2012, p 1184
Notes for the ChairINTRODUCTION AND SECOND READING A bill may be introduced at the same sitting or a sitting subsequent to the day on which notice was given. Standing and sessional Orders must be suspended to permit the bill to be introduced without notice. A bill is introduced when a Member moves that a bill be introduced and hands three copies to the Clerk. There is no debate at this formal stage which is also taken to be the first reading of the bill. The mover then proceeds with their second reading speech forthwith after moving a motion for the bill to be read a second time. INTRODUCTION OF A BILL - LOQ FOR THE CHAIR Speaker: “The Clerk will read the next item of business” [Clerk will announce the introduction of bill] [Minister moves That this bill be now introduced by reading the long title "A bill for an Act…"] Speaker: “The question is, That this bill be now introduced. All of that opinion say AYE, to the contrary NO. I think the Ayes/ Noes have it – [PAUSE (to allow for calling of a division)] – the Ayes/ Noes have it”. [Minister says “I bring up the bill” and I move, That this bill be now read a second time” and gives speech] [After the speech has been given the Speaker restates the question before the House] Speaker: “The question is, That this bill be now read a second time”. [An Opposition Member will seek the call to adjourn the debate] Speaker: “The Member for….” [Member says “I move that the debate be now adjourned”] Speaker: “The question is, That this debate be now adjourned” [Put Question] [When passed Minister will ask for the resumption of the adjourned debate to be set down as an order of the day for a future day] Speaker: “I fix the resumption of this debate as an Order of the Day for a future day” INTRODUCTION OF COGNATE BILLS - LOQ FOR THE CHAIR Speaker: “The Clerk will read the next item of business” [Clerk will announce the introduction of bills] [Minister moves That these bills be now introduced by reading the long titles] Speaker: “The question is, That these bills be now int
2008 Precedent1. A Minister obtained the leave of the House for the introduction without notice and the agreement in principle speech on a bill to proceed forthwith. VP 4/4/2008, 603
2007 Precedent1. The Speaker informed the House of a discrepancy between the notice of motion for the Roads Amendment (Lane Cove Tunnel Filtration) Bill and the long title of the bill as introduced. The Speaker further informed the House that a corrected notice had since been provided and that the records of the House had been corrected accordingly. PD 15/11/2007, 4255; VP 15/11/2007, 401
House FormsBills - Withdrawal (SO 188(11)) On the reading of the Order of the Day for the resumption of the adjourned Second reading debate a motion may be moved to discharge the Order of the Day and to withdraw the bill (AFTER THE CLERK HAS READ THE ITEM OF BUSINESS) Member: I move, That the Order of the Day for the resumption of the second reading debate on the Bill be discharged and the bill withdrawn ALTERNATIVELY – During the Placing or Disposal of Business – Government Business – Orders of the Day or General Business – Orders of the Day (for Bills) Member: I move, That the Order of the Day for the resumption of the adjourned second reading debate on the Bill be discharged and the bill withdrawn
551 Sessional OrderIntroduction of Bills (adopted 4 April 2012) That, during the current session, unless otherwise ordered, standing order 188 shall read as follows: 188. The procedure for the introduction and the passage of a bill up to the mover's second reading speech is as follows: (1) The title of a bill must agree with the notice of intention to present it, and every clause must come within the title. It shall not be necessary to specify in the long title every Act which it is proposed to amend. (2) A notice of motion shall be given: "I give notice of motion to introduce the [short title of the bill]". It is sufficient for the mover to read the short title. (3) The motion to introduce the bill may be moved on the same day notice is given and shall include the long title. (4) The question "That this bill be now introduced" shall be put without debate or amendment and the bill shall be taken as read a first time without question put. (5) The bill as introduced shall correspond with the notice of motion. (6) Three copies of the bill shall be handed to the Clerk. (7) The bill shall be printed, with an explanatory note if applicable, without motion put. (8) The motion "That this bill be now read a second time" may be moved forthwith or set down for a later time. (9) Immediately following the mover's second reading speech the debate shall be adjourned. (10) The mover shall ask the Speaker to fix the resumption of the debate as an Order of the Day for a future day which shall be at least five clear days ahead. (11) On the reading of the Order of the Day a motion may be moved "That this bill be now read a second time", or "That the order be postponed" or, on a motion without notice, "That the order be discharged and the bill be withdrawn".