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Notices of Motions (General Business)

Notices of Motions (General Business)

After the start of each sitting day there is a period of up to fifteen minutes during which Members may give notice of General Business Motions which they intend to move on a subsequent sitting day - Standing Order 133. The notice is normally required to be given at least one day before the motion is moved and debated. 

General Business is business before the Legislative Assembly that is initiated by private Members. 

When called upon by the Speaker, Members read their notice at the table and then hand a signed copy to the Clerks - Standing Order 134. 

A notice of motion proposes that the House do something, or express an opinion on a matter and sets out the words of the motion being moved. It should be concise and precise; should not contain argument; unbecoming expressions or be given in the spirit of mockery.  

Notices are not opportunities for Members to give speeches as the substance of the motion will be made when it comes before the House for debate.

A member can only give one notice at a time and cannot give consecutive notices.   

Notices of Motion (General Business) are recorded in the Business Paper​ in the order they are given - Standing Order 136.  Notices may be edited by the Clerks under the authority of the Speaker prior to their publication on the Business Paper - Standing Order 137.  Advice can also be sought from the Clerks before the Notice is given.

For more information on General Business see pages 54-57 of  A Short Guide to the Procedures of the Legislative Assembly.

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