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Private Members' Statements

Private Members' Statements

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During each sitting day, time is allocated for Members to make short statements about matters of concern in their electorates (SO 108). Members may also make Private Members' Statements on other issues, as long as the matter raised affects their constituents or was brought to them by a constituent. Ministers should not use private members' statements to raise policy issues related to their portfolio responsibilities except when relevant in replying to matters raised by Members.  

The following are outside the scope of Private Members' Statements:

  • Attacks on other Members
  • Attacks on the Government in relation to general state issues
  • Reflections on the judiciary and attacks on persons outside of Parliament.  
  • Anticipating or continuing debate on a matter raised in the Assembly or Legislative Council.

Members may speak for up to five minutes each in the time allocated in the routine of business. Ministers or Parliamentary Secretaries may reply to the statement for up to one minute and it must remain within the scope of the statement given by the Member. Up to 75 Private Members' Statements may be given each sitting week.

The current Sitting Day Schedule provides for Private Members' Statements to be made at the end of each day, before the Community Recognition Statements, which are the last item of business.

The House adjourns at the conclusion of Community Recognition Statements each day.

Private Members' Statements may be taken between items of business with the leave of the House.

For more information on Private Members' Statements see page 52 of A Short Guide to the Procedures of the Legislative Assembly.