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SESSIONAL ORDERS

The Acting Leader of the Government (Senator Grimes), at the request of the Leader of the Government (Senator Button) and pursuant to Notice of Motion not objected to as a Formal Motion, moved- (1) Days and Hours of Meeting: That, unless otherwise ordered, the days and hours of meeting of the Senate shall be Tuesdays at 1.45 p.m., Wednesdays at 11.30 a.m. and Thursdays at 10 a.m.

(2) Suspension of Sittings: That, unless otherwise ordered, on Wednesdays, the sittings of the Senate, or of a Committee of the Whole, shall be suspended from 1 p.m. till 2.15 p.m. and from 6.30 p.m. till 8 p.m.

(3) Adjournment of the Senate: That, unless otherwise ordered, at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays, 10.30 p.m. on Wednesdays and 7 p.m. on Thursdays the President shall put the Question-That the Senate do now adjourn-which Question shall be open to debate; if the Senate be in Committee at that hour, the Chairman shall in like manner put the Question-That he do leave the Chair and report to the Senate; and upon such report being made the President shall forthwith put the Question-That the Senate do now adjourn-which Question shall be open to debate: Provided that if the Senate or the Committee be in Division at the time named, the President or the Chairman shall not put the Question referred to till the result of such Division has been declared; and if the business under discussion shall not have been disposed of at such adjournment it shall appear on the Notice Paper for the next sitting day.

(4) Routine of Business: That, notwithstanding anything contained in the Standing Orders and unless otherwise ordered, on Thursdays, the Senate shall proceed with its ordinary business in the following routine:

1. Petitions

2. Notices

3. Formal Motions

4. Postponement of Business

5. Motions and Orders of the Day, or vice versa, as set down on the Notice Paper

6. At 12 midday, Questions

7. Further Motions and Orders of the Day, or vice versa, as set down on the Notice Paper.

(5) Government and General Business-Precedence: That, on all sitting days of the Senate, unless otherwise ordered, Government Business shall take precedence of General Business, except that General Business shall take precedence of Government Business on Thursdays, from 2.15 p.m. until the expiration of 2 1/2 hours or until there is no further debate; and that, unless otherwise ordered, General Business Orders of the Day shall take precedence of General Business Notices of Motion on alternate Thursdays.

(6) Legislative and General Purpose Standing Committees-Reference of Annual Reports: (1) That, unless otherwise ordered, all annual reports of Government departments and authorities, including statutory corporations, laid on the Table of the Senate, shall stand referred, without any Question being put, for consideration and, if necessary, for report thereon, to the Legislative and General Purpose Standing Committees.

(2) That the President shall transmit a copy of each report so tabled to the Committee which he deems appropriate.

(3) That the Legislative and General Purpose Standing Committees may, at their discretion, pursue or not pursue inquiries into reports so received; but any action necessary, arising from a report of a Committee, shall be taken in the Senate on motion after notice.

(7) Legislative and General Purpose Standing Committees-Reference of Bills: That , after the Second Reading of a Bill (other than an Appropriation Bill, Supply Bill, or Bill imposing taxation), and notwithstanding anything contained in the Standing Orders and without limiting the operation of Standing Orders 36AA and 196A, the following procedure shall apply- (1) A motion (of which notice need not be given) may be moved to refer the Bill to a Legislative and General Purpose Standing Committee: Provided that if no such motion be moved, or if moved and negatived, the Senate shall forthwith resolve itself into a Committee of the Whole for consideration of the Bill.

(2) Upon motion to refer a Bill to a Legislative and General Purpose Standing Committee, no debate thereon shall be allowed for more than one hour, and in speaking thereon no Senator shall exceed 10 minutes. If the debate be not sooner concluded then forthwith upon the expiration of that time the President shall put any Questions on any amendment or motion already proposed from the Chair.

(3) On reference of a Bill to a Legislative and General Purpose Standing Committee, a day shall be fixed for the reporting of a Committee's proceedings to the Senate, by which day the final report of the Committee shall be brought up, unless further time be moved for and granted: Provided that the Senate may at any time prior to such day receive the final report of the Committee.

(4) Upon a Bill being committed to a Legislative and General Purpose Standing Committee pursuant to this Order, it shall be set down on the Notice Paper as an Order of the Day for further consideration following report from the Committee.

(5) The procedure to be adopted by a Legislative and General Purpose Standing Committee shall, as far as possible, be the same as that in Committee of the Whole: Provided that a Committee may ask for explanations from the Minister in charge of a Bill, or officers, relating to the clauses of the Bill.

(6) A Legislative and General Purpose Standing Committee shall have no power to make amendments to a Bill, but may recommend amendments or requests for amendments. No amendment or request for amendment may be proposed which would not be in order if proposed in a Committee of the Whole.

(7) A report from a Legislative and General Purpose Standing Committee, relating to a Bill, shall be received by the Senate without debate and its consideration deferred till the reading of the Order of the Day for the further consideration of the Bill, when the procedure, unless otherwise ordered, shall be as follows:

(a) motion may be proposed that the report be adopted; and such motion shall be open to debate;

(b) on the motion for the adoption of the report, amendments may be proposed;

(c) in these proceedings, the same right of speech and time limits shall apply as in debate in Committee of the Whole;

(d) if amendments or requests for amendments be made, additional to any recommended by the report of a Standing Committee, the Chair shall propose a Question-That the Bill as reported (with or without amendments or requests for amendments), and as further amended, be agreed to;

(e) a motion may be moved, by any Senator, that the Bill as reported from a Standing Committee be recommitted, in whole or in part, to the Standing Committee, or that the Bill as reported be committed, in whole or in part, to a Committee of the Whole; and

(f) when the report from the Committee, or from a Committee of the Whole, is finally adopted, the Bill may be proceeded with in the usual way.

(8) Consideration of Government Papers: (1) That, unless otherwise ordered and notwithstanding anything contained in the Standing Orders, on Tuesdays after Questions without Notice, and Wednesdays and Thursdays after Notices of Motion, Papers may be presented by Ministers. Upon the presentation of such Papers, a Senator may move, without notice, that the Senate take note of one, or several, of the Papers. Senators may not speak to any such motion for more than 5 minutes . Any debate pursuant to this Sessional Order shall be interrupted after the expiration of 30 minutes or until there is no further debate:

Provided that, on Wednesdays, any debate pursuant to this Sessional Order shall be interrupted at 12 midday. Provided further that, at the conclusion of his or her speech, or, if the debate is interrupted pursuant to this Sessional Order, a Senator may move that the debate be resumed pursuant to Sessional Order on Thursdays at the time for consideration of General Business. At that time, further such motions may be moved with respect to any Government Paper tabled during the current sitting week and in relation to which no motion to take note has been moved. Debates on any such motion or motions shall take precedence of other General Business, but shall not continue beyond one hour.

(2) Where debates on motions moved under the provisions of this Sessional Order are adjourned and are called on in the normal course of business, Senators who have spoken to the Questions under the provisions of this Sessional Order may speak again for the time allowed under Standing Order 407A.

(9) Consideration of Committee Reports: (1) That, notwithstanding anything contained in the Standing Orders, and unless otherwise ordered, where in any week there are Orders of the Day for the resumption of debate on motions for the consideration or adoption of reports of Committees- (a) on Wednesdays after Questions without Notice, Orders of the Day relating to reports of Committees presented to the Senate during that week shall be severally called on, in the order in which the respective reports were presented;

(b) if there were no Committee reports presented during that week, or if debate on motions relating to such reports concludes before the expiration of one hour, Orders of the Day relating to Committee reports presented prior to that week shall then be severally called on in an order which is the reverse of the order in which the respective reports were presented;

(c) in any debate on such motions so called on, each Senator may speak for not more than 10 minutes; and

(d) any debate pursuant to this Sessional Order shall be interrupted after the expiration of one hour.

(2) Provided that, where debate on any motion debated under the provisions of this Sessional Order is adjourned or is interrupted under the provisions of this Sessional Order, Senators who have spoken to such motion under the provisions of this Sessional Order may speak again to the motion for the time allowed under Standing Order 407A, when the debate on the motion is again called on in the normal course of business.

(10) Time Limits to Speeches-Proposed Amendment to Standing Order 407A: That the following proposed amendment to Standing Order 407A operate as a Sessional Order for a trial period: No Senator shall speak for more than 30 minutes in any debate in the Senate. Any Senator may move that the time limit of 30 minutes be extended for 15 minutes; such motion shall forthwith be put without debate: Provided that, where a right of reply is allowed in any debate, a Senator speaking in reply shall speak for not more than 30 minutes.

Provided further that, in debate on the first reading of a Bill which the Senate may not amend, no Senator shall speak for more than 15 minutes.

In Committee no Senator shall speak for more than 15 minutes at any one time on any one Question: Provided that, where the speech of a Senator is interrupted by this provision, and no other Senator rises to speak, the Senator so interrupted may continue his speech for a further 15 minutes but no longer continuously on any one Question.

Question-put and passed.

The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Chaney) and Senators Lewis and Grimes, by leave, made statements relating thereto.