Standing Orders



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SpeakersWhelan Mr Paul; Rozzoli Mr Kevin
BusinessBusiness of the House

STANDING ORDERS

Debate resumed from an earlier hour.

Standing Order 197: Restriction on Divisions and Quorums

Mr WHELAN (Ashfield - Minister for Police) [7.30]: I move:
      That the motion moved earlier today relating to Standing Order 197 be withdrawn.

I indicate to the House that this measure will be dealt with by way of a sessional order rather than a standing order.

Motion agreed to.

Standing Order 51: Restriction on Quorum Calls
Standing Order 197: Restriction on Divisions and Quorums

Suspension of standing orders, by leave, agreed to.

Motion by Mr Whelan agreed to:
      That Standing Orders 51 and 197 be rescinded.

New Standing Order 124: No Confidence in Speaker
New Standing Order 125: Censure of Speaker

Mr ROZZOLI (Hawkesbury) [7.32]: By leave, I move that the following new standing orders be adopted:
      No Confidence in Speaker
      124 The procedure for a no confidence motion in the Speaker is as follows:
          (1) A notice must be given.
          (2) Such notice shall take the place of and be called upon at the time for consideration of Matters of Public Importance at the next sitting of the House after the notice was given.
          (3) On any day when such notices are set down, the House cannot consider notices of Matters of Public Importance.
          (4) The motion cannot be postponed or amended.
          (5) The motion may be withdrawn with the leave of the House.
          (6) Debate will be as follows:
      (a) Mover Unspecified
      (b) Member leading the debate in
        opposition to the motion Unspecified
      (c) Any other Member 20 minutes
      (d) Response by Member leading the
        debate in opposition to
        the motion 30 minutes
      (e) Mover in reply 30 minutes
    (7) The following motions cannot be moved:
        That the Member be now heard
        That the Member be not further heard
        That the question be now put (closure)
        That the question be now put (previous question)
    Censure of Speaker
    125 The procedure for a motion of censure of the Speaker is as follows:
    (1) A notice must be given.
    (2) Such notice shall take the place of and be called upon at the time for consideration of Matters of Public Importance at that sitting.
    (3) Debate will be as follows:
      (a) Mover 15 minutes
      (b) Member leading the debate in
        opposition to the motion 15 minutes
      (c) Four other Members 10 minutes
      (d) Response by Member leading the
        debate in opposition to
the motion 10 minutes
      (e) Mover in reply 10 minutes
    (4) The following motions cannot be moved:
        That the Member be now heard
        That the Member be not further heard
        That the question be now put (closure)
        That the question be now put (previous
        question)

As outlined in debate earlier, I have moved this motion because the Opposition believes that the procedures for motions of no confidence in the Speaker or censure of the Speaker should be set out in discrete standing orders as the Speaker is neither a Minister nor an ordinary member of the House. I commend the motion to the House.

Mr WHELAN (Ashfield - Minister for Police) [7.34]: The Government agrees with the motion. It is a commonsense measure as it isolates the procedures for dissent and no confidence motions relating to Ministers and honourable members. The new standing orders will place the Speaker, in terms of no confidence and censure motions, in a procedural pattern that the he and other honourable members can follow. The present standing orders leave the Speaker outside the debate. The motion has a great deal of merit and I thank the honourable member for moving it.

Motion agreed to.