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Inquiry Details

Deadlines for government bills

This inquiry was referred to the Procedure Committee by the House on 12 June 2012.
LC Minutes 12 June 2012, p 1041-2 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. Debate ensued. 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 bills." Question put: That the amendment of Mr Gay be agreed to—put and passed. Original question, as amended, put and passed.

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. Debate ensued. 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 bills." Question put: That the amendment of Mr Gay be agreed to—put and passed. Original question, as amended, put and passed.


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