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Standing Rules And Orders

Standing Rules And Orders

The standing rules and orders are the written rules of procedure which provide for the conduct of proceedings in the House including the passage of bills, rules of debate, the maintenance of order, the appointment of committees, and other matters affecting the operation of the House. The standing rules and orders are made under the authority of section 15 of the Constitution Act 1902 and require the approval of the Governor before they apply.

Chapter 1 - Repeal and Operation of Standing Orders
SO (1) Repeal of previous rules and orders
SO (2) Where cases not provided for
SO (3) Practice notes
SO (4) Rights of House not restricted
Chapter 2 - Opening of Parliament
SO (5) Proceedings on opening of Parliament by Governor
SO (6) Proceedings on opening of Parliament by commission
SO (7) Governor's speech
SO (8) Address-in-reply
SO (9) Opening of Parliament by the Queen
SO (10) Swearing of new members
Chapter 3 - Office of the President
SO (11) Term of office
SO (12) Election of President
SO (13) Ballot
SO (14) Presentation to Governor
Chapter 4 - Deputy President and Chair of Committees
SO (15) Election of Deputy President
SO (16) Term of Office - Deputy President
SO (17) Duty of Chair
SO (18) Temporary Chairs
SO (19) Title
Chapter 5 - Absence of President, Deputy President and Officers
SO (20) Absence of President
SO (21) Absence of President and Deputy President
SO (22) Relief of President
SO (23) Leaving the Chair
SO (24) Absence of Clerk
SO (25) Parliamentary secretary
SO (26) Leadership of parties and groups
Chapter 6 - Sitting, Quorum and Adjournment of House
Sessional order - Motion for the adjournment
SO (27) Meeting of Council
SO (28) Prayers
SO (29) Quorum at commencement of sitting
Sessional order - Quorums – SO 29
SO (30) Quorum during sitting
Sessional order - Quorums – SO 30
SO (31) Adjournment of the House
SO (32) Interruption for adjournment
SO (33) Ministerial reply to adjournment matters
SO (34) Minister to be present in the House
Chapter 7 - Times of Sitting and Routine of Business
Sessional order - Sitting days
SO (35) Times of meeting
SO (36) Recall of House
SO (37) Conduct of business
Sessional order - Conduct of business – variation to SO 37
SO (38) Routine of Business
SO (39) Business of the House
SO (40) Government and general business
SO (41) Reports of committees - precedence
SO (42) Presentation of documents
SO (43) Government business on Notice Paper
SO (44) Formal motions
Sessional order - Formal motions – SO 44
SO (45) Postponement of business
SO (46) Interruption of business
SO (47) Questions
SO (48) Ministerial statements
Chapter 8 - Journals and Records of the House
SO (49) Journals
SO (50) Custody of records
SO (51) Hansard
Chapter 9 - Tabling of Documents
SO (52) Order for the production of documents
SO (53) Documents from the Governor
SO (54) Other methods of tabling documents
SO (55) Tabling of reports and documents when House not sitting
Sessional order - Tabling of reports and documents when House not sitting – SO 55
SO (56) Documents quoted in debate
SO (57) Motion after tabling
Sessional order - Consideration of a document – variation to SO57
SO (58) Amendments after tabling
SO (59) Printing of tabled papers and documents
SO (60) Inspection of Documents
Chapter 10 - Attendance
SO (61) Record of Members
SO (62) Attendance of members
SO (63) Leave of absence
Chapter 11 - Questions Seeking Information
SO (64) Questions to Ministers and other members
SO (65) Rules for questions
SO (66) Answers to questions without notice
SO (67) Written questions
Chapter 12 - Petitions
SO (68) Presentation of petitions
Sessional order - Presentation of petitions – SO 68
SO (69) Form of petitions
SO (70) Content of petitions
Chapter 13 - Notices of Motions
SO (71) Giving of notices
SO (72) Alterations and withdrawals of notices
Chapter 14 - Motions
SO (73) Notice required
SO (74) Precedence of motions
SO (75) Moving of motions
SO (76) Leave of the House
SO (77) Raising matters of privilege
SO (78) Motions for disallowance of statutory instruments
SO (79) Resolutions of continuing effect
Chapter 15 - Orders of the Day
SO (80) Definition
SO (81) Disposal of orders
SO (82) Pre-audience
Chapter 16 - Rules of Debate
SO (83) Order maintained by President
SO (84) Conduct of members
SO (85) Members to address President standing
SO (86) President or Deputy President taking part in debate
SO (87) Right to speak
SO (88) Personal explanations
SO (89) Explanations of speeches
SO (90) Reply
SO (91) Rules of debate
SO (92) Relevance and anticipation
SO (93) Question may be read
SO (94) Continued irrelevance or tedious repetition
SO (95) Interruption of speaker: points of order or privilege
SO (96) Dissent from President's ruling
SO (97) Motion that member be heard
SO (98) Motion that members be no longer heard
SO (99) Closure of debate
SO (100) Putting of question ends debate
SO (101) Adjournment of debate
Chapter 17 - Questions from the Chair
SO (102) Putting of question
SO (103) Same question
SO (104) Rescission of order
SO (105) Events superseding a question
SO (106) Lapsed question
Sessional order - Lapsed questions – SO 106
SO (107) Form of the previous question
SO (108) Determination of previous question
Chapter 18 - Amendments
SO (109) Moving of amendments
SO (110) No amendment to words agreed to
SO (111) Procedure for putting of amendments
Chapter 19 - Divisions
SO (112) Calling for divisions
SO (113) Voting in division
Sessional order - Votes of members with the care of a child - variation to SO 113
SO (114) Procedure for division
SO (115) Counting of division
SO (116) Casting vote
SO (117) Points of order in division
SO (118) Correction of divisions
SO (119) Divisions in committee
Chapter 20 - Addresses to the Governor
SO (120) Making of address
SO (121) Presentation of address
Chapter 21 - Messages from the Governor
SO (122) Presentation of message
Chapter 22 - Communications between the two Houses
SO (123) Methods of communication
SO (124) Messages from the Council
SO (125) Communicating a resolution
SO (126) Messages from the Assembly
SO (127) Messages to be recorded
Chapter 23 - Conferences
SO (128) Requests for conference
SO (129) Appointment of managers
SO (130) Sitting suspended
SO (131) Time and place of conference
SO (132) Proceedings at ordinary conference
SO (133) Free conference under the Constitution Act
SO (134) Report of conference
Chapter 24 - Ballots
SO (135) Conduct of Ballot
Chapter 25 - Public Bills
X - Expired Sessional Order - Cut-off date for government bills
Sessional order - Time limits to debate on government bills
Sessional order - Cut off for Government bills 2017
SO (136) Initiation
SO (137) First Reading
SO (138) Urgent bills
SO (139) Cognate bills
SO (140) Second reading
SO (141) Committal
SO (142) Consideration in committee
SO (143) Order of consideration
SO (144) Amendments in committee
SO (145) Uncompleted proceedings in committee
SO (146) Report from committee
SO (147) Recommittal of report
SO (148) Third reading
SO (149) Recommittal on third reading
SO (150) Correction
SO (151) Transmission to Assembly
SO (152) Legislative Assembly amendments to bill originated in the Council
SO (153) Bill again returned from the Assembly
SO (154) Bills received from the Legislative Assembly
Sessional order - Passing of bill through all stages – variation to SO 154
SO (155) Return of Legislative Assembly bill
SO (156) Disagreement with Council amendments
SO (157) Assembly amendments to Council amendments
SO (158) Amendments after disagreement
SO (159) Lapsed bills
SO (160) Presentation for assent
SO (161) Protest against the passing of a bill
SO (162) Procedures after presentation of bills
SO (163) Explanation, under the Constitution Act, of a departmental bill
Chapter 26 - Private Bills
SO (164) Notice of intention
SO (165) Initiation
SO (166) Payment for private bills
SO (167) Form of the bill
SO (168) Reference to select committee
SO (169) Report of the Select Committee
SO (170) Private bills originated in the Assembly
SO (171) Lapsed private bills
Chapter 27 - Committee of the Whole House
SO (172) Appointment of committee
SO (173) Proceedings in committee
SO (174) Appointment of acting Chair
SO (175) Disorder in committee
SO (176) Quorum
SO (177) Report of the committee
SO (178) Objection to Chair's ruling
Chapter 28 - Instructions by the House to Committees
SO (179) Effect of instructions
SO (180) Notice required; when moved
Sessional order - Instruction to committee of the whole – variation to SO 180
SO (181) Debate on instructions
SO (182) Instruction to select or standing committees
Chapter 29 - Private Members' Business
SO (183) Notice given
SO (184) Consideration of
SO (185) Conduct of the draw
Sessional order - Substituting an item in the order of precedence – SO 185
SO (186) Debate on motions
Sessional order - Debate on private members’ motions – SO 186
SO (187) Debate on bills
SO (188) Postponement of items in order of precedence
Sessional order - Postponement of items in the order of precedence – SO 188
SO (189) Time limits to apply
Chapter 30 - Conduct of Members and Strangers
SO (190) Disorderly conduct by members
SO (191) Suspension of member
SO (192) Member called to order
SO (193) President may suspend sitting or adjourn House
SO (194) Powers of House not affected
Chapter 31 - Visitors
SO (195) Distinguished visitors
SO (196) Conduct of visitors
SO (197) Removal of strangers for disorderly conduct
Chapter 32 - Effect and Suspension of Standing Orders
SO (198) Suspension of standing orders
Sessional order - Suspension of standing and sessional orders – variation to SO 198
SO (199) Effect of suspension
Chapter 33 - Matters of Public Importance and Motions of Urgency
SO (200) Proposal for debate
SO (201) Urgency motions
Chapter 34 - Citizen's Right of Reply
SO (202) Person referred to
SO (203) Reference to committee
Chapter 35 - Committees
SO (204) Sessional committees
SO (205) Procedure committee
SO (206) Standing committees
SO (207) Select committees
General Committee Provisions
SO (0)
SO (0) Download All Current Standing Orders as PDF
SO (208) Powers
SO (209) Must not sit while the House is sitting
SO (210) Membership
Sessional order - Pecuniary interest – SO 210 (10)
SO (211) Chair and Deputy Chair
SO (212) Priority of references
SO (213) First meeting
SO (214) Quorum
SO (215) Loss of a quorum during a meeting
SO (216) Member attendance
SO (217) Sub-committees
SO (218) Participation by members of the House and others
Sessional order - Participation by members of the House and others – SO 218
SO (219) Meeting or joining with other committees
SO (220) Joint committees
SO (221) Submissions
SO (222) Evidence
SO (223) Publishing submissions and evidence
SO (224) Unauthorised disclosure of evidence and documents
SO (225) No representation of witnesses
SO (226) Reports
SO (227) Consideration of reports
SO (228) Members' opinions to be reflected
SO (229) Chair's foreword
SO (230) Tabling reports
SO (231) Tabling out of session
SO (232) Debate on committee reports
SO (233) Government response
SO (234) Resources