Mr Veitch moved, according to notice:
1. That, this House agrees to and adopts the following standing order for
procedures to apply to the passage of government bills:
1. At the beginning of each year, the House must adopt dates for each sitting
period by which government bills are to be received from the Legislative
Assembly, or introduced in the Legislative Council.
2. Where a bill is received from the Legislative Assembly or introduced by a
Minister after the deadline, debate on the motion for the second reading is to
be adjourned at the conclusion of the speech of the Minister moving the motion,
and the resumption of the debate is to be made an order of the day for the
first sitting day in the next sitting period.
3. However, if after the first reading, a Minister declares a bill to be an
urgent bill and copies have been circulated to members, the question “That the
bill be considered an urgent bill” is to be decided without amendment or
debate, except a statement not exceeding 10 minutes each by a Minister and the
Leader of the Opposition, or a member nominated by the Leader of the
Opposition, and one cross-bench member. If that question is agreed to, the
second reading debate and subsequent stages may proceed forthwith or at any
time during any sitting of the House.
4. For the purposes of this standing order, a "sitting period" means a period
of sittings during which the House adjourns for no more than four weeks.
2. That this House authorises the President to present this standing order to
Her Excellency the Governor for approval.
Mr Gay moved: That the question be amended by omitting all words after "That"
and inserting instead "the Procedure Committee inquire into and report on
whether there should be a standing order for the cut-off date of government
Question put: That the amendment of Mr Gay be agreed to—put and passed.
Original question, as amended, put and passed.