Consideration of Urgent Motions

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SubjectsParliament: New South Wales
BusinessConsideration of Urgent Motion, Motion
Commentary Andrew Fraser, Standing Order 120, Ruling by Speaker

Page: 21992

    Mr SPEAKER: Order! On 9 March the honourable member for Coffs Harbour raised concerns about the way Standing Order 120, which relates to consideration of urgent motions, has been applied. Under the standing order members are permitted to make statements of up to five minutes to assist the House in determining which motion should be given priority. Part of the process of establishing priority is outlining why a motion should receive immediate attention and is more urgent than the other motion.

    When members take points of order about a member not establishing the urgency of a motion, those points of order generally relate to members debating the substance of the motion rather than arguing why it should have priority over the alternative motion. Such points of order comply with the standing order. I remind all members that when they are arguing the priority of an urgent motion, although they can make passing mention of substantive matters in relation to that motion, principally they should seek to establish why the motion should be given priority.