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    22   AMENDMENTS TO STANDING ORDERS

Mr Albanese (Leader of the House), having amended, by leave, notice No. 15, government business, moved—That the standing orders be amended as follows:

1      Maximum speaking times (amendments to existing subjects, as follows)

Adjournment of the House or Main Committee—to end the sitting

Whole debate in House on Monday and Tuesday                                                      1 hr

Whole debate in House on Wednesday and Thursday                                          30 mins

Whole debate in Main Committee                                                              not specified

Extended debate (if required by Minister to reply etc)                                        10 mins

Each Member—no extension of time can be granted                                     5 mins

Member who has already spoken to the motion may speak again

for one period if no other Member rises to speak                                          5 mins

Minister in extension of debate                                                                   5 mins

(standing orders 31 (House) and 191 (Main Committee)) 

Bills—Main Appropriation—second reading

Mover                                                                                                           no limit

Leader of Opposition or Member representing                                                   no limit

Bills—Other Government—second reading

Mover                                                                                                           30 mins

Leader of Opposition or Member representing                                                   30 mins

Minister at conclusion of debate                                                                       15 mins

Bills—Private Members’ (All)—presentation

Presenter                                                                                                       10 mins

(standing order 41)                                    

Bills—Private Members’ (Government)—second reading

Mover                                                                                                           30 mins

Prime Minister or Member representing                                                            30 mins

Leader of Opposition or Member representing                                                   30 mins

Bills—Private Members’ (Non-Government)—second reading

Mover                                                                                                           30 mins

Prime Minister or Member representing                                                            30 mins

Bills—All—second reading

Any other Member not specified above                        15 mins or lesser time determined

                                                                                        by the Selection Committee

(standing order 222)                                  

Committee and delegation business on Mondays

Announcements of inquiries

Committee chair or deputy chair               as determined by the Selection Committee

Reports

Each Member                                                     10 mins or lesser time determined

                                                                                 by the Selection Committee

(standing orders 39, 40, 41A, 192)              

Matter of public importance

Whole discussion                                                                                     1 hr 30 mins

Proposer                                                                                                 15 mins

Member next speaking                                                                             15 mins

Other Members                                                                                10 mins each

(standing order 46)

Members’ statements

90 second statements

Whole period on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays                                      15 mins

Each Member (but not a Minister or Parliamentary Secretary)                  90 seconds

(standing order 43)

3 minute constituency statements

Whole period                                                                                                 30 mins

Each Member                                                                                           3 mins

(standing order 193)                                  

Private Members’ business on Mondays

Whole debate                                                As determined by the Selection Committee

Each Member

(standing orders 41 and 41A)                     

Question Time

Each question                                                                                           45 secs

Each answer                                                                                             4 mins

(standing order 97)                                    

2      Definitions

Member means any Member of the House of Representatives. Private Member means a Member other than the Speaker or a Minister. Non-aligned Member means a Member who is neither a government Member nor an opposition Member.

29    Set meeting and adjournment times

(a)    The House shall meet each year in accordance with the program of sittings for that year agreed to by the House, unless otherwise ordered and subject to standing order 30 .

(b)   When the House is sitting it shall meet and adjourn at the following times, subject to standing orders 30, 31 and 32 :

1

2

3

4



day

meeting commences

adjournment proposed

House adjourns

Monday

10.00 am

9.30 pm

10.30 pm

Tuesday

2.00 pm

9.30 pm

10.30 pm

Wednesday

9.00 am

7.30 pm

8.00 pm

Thursday

9.00 am

4.30 pm

5.00 pm

 

 

 

 

31    Automatic adjournment of the House

(a)    At the time set for the adjournment to be proposed in standing order 29, column 3 (set meeting and adjournment times) the Speaker shall propose the question—

That the House do now adjourn .

This question shall be open to debate and no amendment may be moved.

(b)   If this question is before the House at the time set for adjournment in standing order 29, column 4 ( set meeting and adjournment times ) the Speaker shall interrupt the debate and immediately adjourn the House until the time of its next meeting.

(c)    The following qualifications apply:

Division is completed

(i)    If there is a division at the time set for the adjournment to be proposed in standing order 31(a), that division, and any consequent division, shall be completed.

Minister may require question to be put

(ii)   If a Minister requires the question to be put immediately it is proposed under paragraph (a), the Speaker must put the question immediately and without debate.

Minister may extend debate

(iii)  When the Speaker interrupts the adjournment debate under paragraph (b), a Minister may ask for the debate to be extended by 10 minutes to enable Ministers to speak in reply to matters raised during the debate. After 10 minutes, or if debate concludes earlier, the Speaker shall immediately adjourn the House until the time set for its next meeting.

Question negatived

(iv)  If the question is negatived, the House shall resume proceedings from the point of interruption.

Unfinished business

(v)   If the business being debated is not disposed of when the adjournment of the House is proposed, the business shall be listed on the Notice Paper for the next sitting.

33    Limit on business after normal time of adjournment

The normal time of adjournment is the latest time specified in standing order 29, column 4 (set meeting and adjournment times) . No new business may be taken after the normal time of adjournment unless by order of the House before that time.

34    Order of business

The order of business to be followed by the House is shown in figure 2.

Figure 2. House order of business

 

MONDAY

 

TUESDAY

 

WEDNESDAY

 

THURSDAY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Acknowledgement of country

Prayers

 

Acknowledgement of country

Prayers

 

 

 

 

9.00 am

 

9.00 am

 

 

Acknowledgement of country

Prayers

 

 

 

 

 

 

10.00 am

Petitions (to 10.10am)

Committee & delegation business and private Members’ business

Divisions and quorums deferred

 

 

 

Government

Business

 

Government

Business

12 noon

Government

Business

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.45 pm

90 sec statements

 

Acknowledgement of country

Prayers

1.45 pm

90 sec statements

1.45 pm

90 sec statements

2.00 pm

Question

Time

2.00 pm

Question

Time

2.00 pm

Question

Time

2.00 pm

Question

Time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

approx 3.30 pm

 

Documents, Ministerial

statements

approx 3.30 pm

Documents, MPI, Ministerial statements

approx 3.30 pm

Documents, MPI, Ministerial statements

approx 3.30 pm

Documents, MPI, Ministerial statements

 

 

Government

Business

approx 5.00 pm

Government

Business

approx 5.00 pm

 

4.30 pm

Adjournment

Debate

 

 

 

 

5.00 pm

 

6.30 pm

Divisions and quorums deferred 6.30-7.30pm

6.30 pm

Divisions and quorums deferred 6.30-8.00pm

 

Government

Business

 

 

7.30 pm

Committee & delegation reports and private Members’ business

 

 

7.30 pm

Adjournment

Debate

 

 

 

 

8.00 pm

 

8.00 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9.30 pm

Adjournment

Debate

9.30 pm

Adjournment

Debate

 

 

 

 

10.30 pm

 

10.30 pm

 

 

 

 

 

38    Acknowledgement of country and prayers

On taking the Chair at the beginning of each sitting, the Speaker shall make an acknowledgement of country in the following terms:

I acknowledge the Ngunnawal and Ngambri peoples who are the traditional custodians of the Canberra area and pay respect to the elders, past and present, of all Australia’s Indigenous peoples.

The Speaker shall then read the following prayers:

Almighty God, we humbly beseech Thee to vouchsafe Thy blessing upon this Parliament. Direct and prosper our deliberations to the advancement of Thy glory, and the true welfare of the people of Australia.

Our Father, which art in Heaven: Hallowed be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil: For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

39    Announcements concerning inquiries and presentation of reports

(a)    The Chair or Deputy Chair of a committee may make a statement to inform the House of matters relating to an inquiry during the periods for committee and delegation reports on Mondays ( standing order 34 ). The Selection Committee shall recommend time limits for such statements.

(b)   Members may present reports of committees or delegations:

(i)    as determined by the Selection Committee, during the periods for committee and delegation business on Mondays ( standing order 34 ); or

(ii)   at any time when other business is not before the House.

(c)    Members may make statements in relation to these reports:

(i)    during the periods for committee and delegation business on Mondays in the House and Main Committee ( standing orders 34 and 192) ; the Selection Committee shall determine time limits for statements, of not more than 10 minutes for each Member; or

(ii)   at any other time, by leave of the House.

(d)   The Member presenting a report may move without notice, a specific motion in relation to the report. Debate on the question shall be adjourned to a future day.

(e)    If, on Mondays, the Speaker presents a report referred to in this standing order, the following steps are deemed to have occurred in respect of the report — a motion to take note of the report, debate on the motion to be adjourned to a later hour and the order of the day to be referred to the Main Committee for further consideration within any parameters determined by the Selection Committee.

(f)    Unless otherwise ordered, a report presented in accordance with this standing order shall be made a Parliamentary Paper.

40    Resumption of debate on reports

(a)    After presentation of reports on Mondays proceedings may be resumed on motions in relation to committee and delegation reports moved on an earlier day.

(b)   For debate in accordance with paragraph (a) the Selection Committee shall determine:

(i)    the order in which motions are to be considered;

(ii)   time limits for the whole debate; and

(iii)  time limits for each Member speaking, of not more than 10 minutes.

(c)    During the period provided by standing order 192 proceedings may be resumed in the Main Committee on motions in relation to committee and delegation reports referred that day or on an earlier day.

41    Private Members’ business

(a)    In the periods set for committee and delegation reports and private Members’ business under standing orders 34 and 192 , private Members’ notices and orders of the day shall be considered in the order shown on the Notice Paper. When the time set by standing orders 34 or 192 or determined by the Selection Committee ends, the Speaker shall interrupt proceedings and the matter shall be listed on the Notice Paper for the next sitting.

Private Members’ bills—priority

(b)   The Selection Committee, in making determinations:

(i)    shall give priority to private Members’ notices of intention to present bills over other notices and orders of the day; and

(ii)   shall set the order in which the bills are to be presented.

First reading

(c)    When each notice is called on by the Clerk, the Member in whose name the notice stands may present the bill, together with an explanatory memorandum (if available), and may speak to the bill for no longer than 10 minutes. The bill shall be then read a first time and the motion for the second reading shall be set down on the Notice Paper for the next sitting.

(d)   If, on Mondays, the Speaker presents a bill for which notice has been given by a private Member, the first reading of the bill is deemed to stand referred to the Main Committee. When the bill is called on in the Main Committee by the Clerk, the Member sponsoring the bill may present an explanatory memorandum (if available), and may speak to the bill for no longer than 10 minutes. The bill shall be then read a first time and the motion for the second reading shall be set down on the Notice Paper for the next sitting.

Second reading

(e)    The Selection Committee may determine times for debate of the second reading. If the motion for the second reading is agreed to by the House, further consideration of the bill shall be accorded priority over other private Members’ business and the Selection Committee may determine times for consideration of the remaining stages.

Alternation of notices

(f)    Subject to paragraph (b)(i), the Selection Committee shall provide for the consideration of private Members’ notices to alternate between those of government and non-government Members.

Private Members’ motions

(g)   If, on Mondays, the Speaker presents a copy of the terms of a motion for which notice has been given by a private Member, the following steps are deemed to have occurred — the motion is deemed to have been moved and debate on the motion adjourned to a later hour and the order of the day referred to the Main Committee for further consideration in accordance with any parameters determined by the Selection Committee.

Participation of Speaker and Deputy Speaker

(h)   The Speaker and Deputy Speaker may participate in Private Members’ business.

41 A   TO BE DELETED

43    Members’ statements

At 1.45 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, the Speaker shall interrupt business and call on statements by Members. The Speaker may call a Member, but not a Minister (or Parliamentary Secretary*), to make a statement for no longer than 90 seconds. The period allowed for these statements shall extend until 2 pm.

* Including Assistant Ministers who are Parliamentary Secretaries

54    Bells at start of meeting of the House

At each sitting the bells shall be rung for five minutes before the appointed meeting time, calling Members to the meeting. The Speaker shall take the Chair and, if a quorum of 30 Members is present, commence the meeting as provided by standing order 38 (acknowledgement of country and prayers) . If a quorum is not present standing order 57 (count out) shall apply.

55    Lack of quorum

(a)    When the attention of the Speaker is drawn to the state of the House and the Speaker observes that a quorum is not present, the Speaker shall count the Members present in accordance with standing order 56 .

(b)   On Mondays, if any Member draws the attention of the Speaker to the state of the House between 10 am and 12 noon, the Speaker shall announce that he or she will count the House at 12 noon, if the Member then so desires.

(c)    On Mondays, if any Member draws the attention of the Speaker to the state of the House between the hours of 6.30 pm and 7.30 pm, the Speaker shall announce that he or she will count the House at 7.30 pm, if the Member then so desires.

(d)   On Tuesdays, if any Member draws the attention of the Speaker to the state of the House between the hours of 6.30 pm and 8 pm, the Speaker shall announce that he or she will count the House at 8 pm, if the Member then so desires.

(e)    If a quorum is in fact present when a Member draws attention to the state of the House, the Speaker may name the Member in accordance with standing order 94(b) (sanctions against disorderly conduct) .

86    Point of order

(a)    Subject to standing order 104 , a Member may raise a point of order with the Speaker at any time. After the question of order has been stated to the Speaker by the Member rising to the question of order, consideration and decision of every other question shall be suspended until the matter is disposed of by the Speaker giving a ruling thereon.

(b)   A Member interrupted by a point of order must resume his or her seat.

(c)    During a division, Members may speak while seated to a point of order arising out of or during the division.

100   Rules for questions

The following general rules apply to all questions:

(a)    Questions must not be debated.

(b)   A question fully answered must not be asked again.

(c)    For questions regarding persons:

(i)    questions must not reflect on or be critical of the character or conduct of a Member, a Senator, the Queen, the Governor-General, a State Governor, or a member of the judiciary: their conduct may only be challenged on a substantive motion; and

(ii)   questions critical of the character or conduct of other persons must be in writing.

(d)   Questions must not contain:

(i)    statements of facts or names of persons, unless they can be authenticated and are strictly necessary to make the question intelligible;

(ii)   arguments;

(iii)  inferences;

(iv)  imputations;

(v)   insults;

(vi)  ironical expressions; or

(vii) hypothetical matter.

(e)    Questions must not refer to debates in the current session, or to proceedings of a committee not reported to the House.

(f)    The duration of each question is limited to 45 seconds.

104   Answers

(a)    An answer must be directly relevant to the question.

(b)   A point of order regarding relevance may be taken only once in respect of each answer.

(c)    The duration of each answer is limited to 4 minutes.

108   Order of notices

The Clerk shall enter notices on the Notice Paper in the order in which they are received, and before orders of the day. Standing orders 41 (private Members’ business), 42 (removal of business), 45 (order of government business), 113 (motion not moved) and 222 (Selection Committee) also apply to the order of notices. A notice of motion becomes effective only when it appears on the Notice Paper.

132   New division in case of confusion, error or misadventure

(a)    If confusion, or error concerning the numbers reported by the tellers, occurs and cannot be corrected, the House shall divide again.

(b)   If a division has miscarried through misadventure caused by a Member being accidentally absent or some similar incident, any Member may move on the same sitting day, without notice and without the need for a seconder—

        That the House divide again .

If this motion is agreed to the question shall be put again and the result of the subsequent division shall be the decision of the House.

133   Deferred divisions on Mondays and Tuesdays

(a)    On Mondays, any division called for between the hours of 10 am and 12 noon shall be deferred until 12 noon.

(b)   On Mondays, any division called for between the hours of 6.30 pm and 7.30 pm shall be deferred until 7.30 pm.

(c)    On Tuesdays, any division called for between the hours of 6.30 pm and 8 pm shall be deferred until 8 pm.

(d)   The Speaker shall put all questions on which a division has been deferred, successively and without amendment or further debate.

(e)    This standing order does not apply to a division called on a motion moved by a Minister on Mondays and Tuesdays, during the periods specified in this standing order.

141   First reading and explanatory memorandum

(a)    Subject to standing order 41(d) , when a bill is presented to the House, or a Senate bill is first received, the bill shall be read a first time without a question being put. A Member presenting a bill during private Members’ business may speak to the bill, before it is read a first time, for no longer than 10 minutes.

(b)   For any bill presented by a Minister, except an Appropriation or Supply Bill, the Minister must present a signed explanatory memorandum. The explanatory memorandum must include an explanation of the reasons for the bill.

143   Bill referred to committee

After the first reading but before the resumption of debate on the motion for the second reading:

(a)    a motion may be moved without notice to refer a bill to the Main Committee for further consideration as provided by standing order 183 ; or

(b)   a determination may be made by the Selection Committee as provided by standing order 222 to refer a bill to a committee for an advisory report. The determination may specify a date by which the committee is to report to the House. After an advisory report has been presented to the House, the bill may then be referred to the Main Committee under paragraph (a).

192   Main Committee’s order of business

The normal order of business of the Main Committee is set out in figure 4.

Figure 4. Main Committee order of business

 

MONDAY

 

TUESDAY

 

WEDNESDAY

 

THURSDAY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9.30 am

3 min constituency statements

9.30 am

3 min constituency statements

 

 

 

 

approx 10.00 am

Government  business and/or

committee and delegation reports

approx 10.00 am

Government  business and/or

committee and delegation reports

10.30 am

3 min constituency statements

 

 

 

 

 

 

approx 11.00 am

Committee & delegation reports and private Members’ business

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12.30 pm

Adjournment

Debate

 

 

 

 

approx 1.00 pm

 

approx 1.00 pm

 

approx 1.30 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.00 pm

Government  business

4.00 pm

3 min constituency statements

4.00 pm

If required

 

 

 

 

 

If required

approx 6.30 pm

 

 

Committee & delegation reports and private Members’ business

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

approx 7.30 pm

 

 

 

9.00 pm

Grievance debate

 

 

 

 

 

 

10.00 pm.

 

10.00 pm

 

 

 

 

 

The meeting times of the Main Committee are fixed by the Deputy Speaker and are subject to change. Adjournment debates can occur on days other than Thursdays by agreement between the Whips.

192 A           TO BE DELETED

192 B Grievance debate

(a)    The order of the day for the grievance debate stands referred to the Main Committee and shall be taken as the final item of business each Monday.

(b)   After the Deputy Speaker proposes the question—

That grievances be noted

any Member may address the Main Committee or move any amendment to the question. When debate is interrupted after one hour or if it concludes earlier, the Deputy Speaker shall adjourn the debate on the motion, and the resumption of the debate shall be made an order of the day for the next sitting.

215   General purpose standing committees

(a)    The following general purpose standing committees shall be appointed:

(i)    Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs;

(ii)   Standing Committee on Agriculture, Resources, Fisheries and Forestry;

(iii)  Standing Committee on Climate Change, Environment and the Arts;

(iv)  Standing Committee on Economics;

(v)   Standing Committee on Education and Employment;

(vi)  Standing Committee on Health and Ageing;

(vii) Standing Committee on Infrastructure and Communications;

(viii)Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs; and

(ix)  Standing Committee on Regional Australia.

(b)   A committee appointed under paragraph (a) may inquire into and report on any matter referred to it by either the House or a Minister, including any pre-legislation proposal, bill, motion, petition, vote or expenditure, other financial matter, report or document.

(c)    A committee may make any inquiry it wishes to make into annual reports of government departments and authorities and reports of the Auditor-General presented to the House. The following qualifications shall apply to these inquiries:

(i)    Reports shall stand referred to committees under a schedule presented by the Speaker to record the areas of responsibility of each committee.

(ii)   The Speaker shall determine any question about responsibility for a report or part of a report.

(iii)  The period during which an inquiry into an annual report may be started by a committee shall end on the day the next annual report of the department or authority is presented to the House.

(iv)  If a committee intends to inquire into all or part of a report of the Auditor-General, the committee must notify the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit of its intention, in writing.

(d)   Each committee appointed under paragraph (a) shall consist of seven members: four government Members and three non-government Members, provided that if a non-aligned Member is appointed to a committee, such committee shall consist of eight members: four government Members, three non-government Members, and one non-aligned Member. Each committee may supplement its membership by up to four members for a particular inquiry, with a maximum of two extra government and two extra opposition or non-aligned Members. Supplementary members shall have the same participatory rights as other members, but may not vote.

(e)    As an exception to standing order 232 the Chair of the Standing Committee on Regional Australia need not be a government member.

222   Selection Committee

(a)    A Selection Committee shall be appointed to:

(i)    arrange the timetable and order of committee and delegation business and private Members’ business for each sitting Monday in accordance with standing orders 39 to 41 ;

(ii)   recommend items of private Members business to be voted on;

(iii)  select bills that the committee regards as controversial or as requiring further consultation or debate for referral to the relevant standing or joint committee in accordance with standing order 143 . One member of the committee is sufficient to select a bill for referral; and

(iv)  subject to standing order 1 , set speaking times for second reading debates.

(b)   The committee shall consist of eleven members: the Speaker, or in the absence of the Speaker the Deputy Speaker, the Chief Government Whip or his or her nominee, the Chief Opposition Whip or his or her nominee, the Third Party Whip or his or her nominee, three government Members, two opposition Members and two non-aligned Members. The Speaker shall be the Chair of the committee. A quorum shall be three members of the committee.

(c)    For committee and delegation business and private Members’ business, the committee may determine the order of consideration of the matters, and the times allotted for debate on each item and for each Member speaking.

(d)   In relation to committee and delegation business and private Members’ business the committee must report its determinations to the House in time for its decisions to be published on the Notice Paper of the sitting Thursday before the Monday being considered. In relation to bills the committee must report its determinations as soon as practical in respect of each bill or each group of bills.

(e)    Reports of the committee under paragraph (d) shall be treated as having been adopted when they are presented. Reports shall be published in Hansard.

222 A           House Appropriations and Administration Committee

(a)    A House Appropriations and Administration Committee shall be appointed to:

(i)    consider estimates of the funding required for the operation of the Department of the House of Representatives each year;

(ii)   provide to the Speaker for presentation to the House and transmission to the Minister for Finance and Deregulation, the committee’s estimates of amounts for inclusion in appropriation and supply bills for the Department of the House of Representatives;

(iii)  consider proposals for changes to the administration of the Department of the House of Representatives or variations to services provided by the Department;

(iv)  consider and report to the Speaker on any other matters of finance or services as may be referred to it by the Speaker;

(v)   consider and report to the House on any other matters of finance or services as may be referred to it by the House;

(vi)  make an annual report to the House on its operations;

(vii) consider the administration and funding of security measures affecting the House and advise the Speaker and the House as appropriate; and

(viii)consider any proposals for works in the parliamentary precincts that are subject to parliamentary approval and report to the House on them as appropriate.

(b)   When conferring with the Senate Standing Committee on Appropriations and Staffing, the House Appropriations and Administration Committee may:

(i)    consider estimates of the funding required for the operation of the Department of Parliamentary Services each year; and

(ii)   provide to the Speaker for presentation to the House and transmission to the Minister for Finance and Deregulation, estimates of amounts for inclusion in appropriation and supply bills for the Department of Parliamentary Services.

(c)    The committee shall consist of nine members: the Speaker as Chair, four government Members and four non-government/non-aligned Members. A quorum shall be three members of the committee.

(d)   The committee shall be assisted by the Clerk, Serjeant-at-Arms and officers of the Department of the House of Representatives appropriate to any matters under consideration.

229   Appointment of committee members

(a)    Members shall be appointed to or discharged from a committee by motion moved on notice.

(b)   Special arrangements are required for a change in membership when the House is not sitting and is not expected to meet for at least two weeks. The relevant whip must nominate any appointment or discharge of a member of a committee in writing to the Speaker. The change in membership shall take effect from the time the Speaker receives the written nomination. At the next sitting, the Speaker shall report the change to the House and the House shall resolve the membership of the committee.

(c)    If a committee is considering a bill referred under standing order 143 , one or more members of the committee may be replaced by other Members by motion moved on notice. This does not affect the power of a general purpose standing committee to supplement its membership under standing order 215(d) .

232   Election of committee Chair and deputy Chair

(a)    Before the start of business a committee shall elect a member as its Chair. Except as otherwise provided, the Chair shall be a government member. The Chair shall have a casting vote only.

(b)   A committee shall also elect a deputy Chair who shall act as Chair of the committee whenever the Chair is not present at a meeting. If neither the Chair nor deputy Chair is present at a meeting, the members present shall elect another member to act as Chair at the meeting.

Mr Pyne, by leave, moved an amendment to the proposed amendments to the standing orders—

(1)    Proposed standing order 132, “New division in case of confusion, error or misadventure”,

        Omit paragraph (b), substitute:

(b)   If a division has miscarried through misadventure caused by a Member being accidentally absent or some similar incident, any Member may move without notice and without the need for a seconder -

That standing orders be suspended to enable the House to divide again.

If this matter is agreed to the question shall be put again and the result of the subsequent division shall be the decision of the House.

Debate ensued.

Question—That the amendment be agreed to—put.

* The House divided (the Speaker, Mr Jenkins, in the Chair)—

AYES, 73

Mr Abbott

Mr Fletcher

Mr Macfarlane

Mr Scott

Mr Alexander

Mr Forrest

Ms Marino

Mr Secker*

Mr K. J. Andrews

Mr Frydenberg

Mrs Markus

Mr Slipper

Mrs K. L. Andrews

Ms Gambaro

Mr Matheson

Mr A. D. H. Smith

Mr Baldwin

Mrs Gash

Mrs Mirabella

Mr Somlyay

Mr Billson

Mrs Griggs

Mr Morrison

Dr Southcott

Mrs B. K. Bishop

Mr Haase

Mrs Moylan

Dr Stone

Ms J. I. Bishop

Mr Hartsuyker

Mr Neville

Mr Tehan

Mr Briggs

Mr A. G. Hawke

Mr Oakeshott

Mr Truss

Mr Broadbent

Mr Hockey

Mr O’Dowd

Mr Tudge

Mr Buchholz

Mr Hunt

Ms O’Dwyer

Mr Turnbull

Mr Chester

Mr Irons

Mrs Prentice

Mr van Manen

Mr Christensen

Dr Jensen

Mr Pyne

Mr Vasta

Mr Ciobo

Mr E. T. Jones

Mr Randall

Dr Washer

Mr Cobb

Mr Keenan

Mr Robb

Mr Windsor

Mr Coulton*

Mr C. Kelly

Mr Robert

Mr Wyatt

Mr Crook

Mr Laming

Wyatt Roy

 

Mr Dutton

Ms Ley

Mr Ruddock

 

Mr Entsch

Mr McCormack

Mr Schultz

 

NOES, 72

Mr Adams

Mr Dreyfus

Mr Katter

Mr Ripoll

Mr Albanese

Mrs Elliot

Dr M. J. Kelly

Ms Rishworth

Mr Bandt

Ms Ellis

Ms King

Ms Rowland

Ms Bird

Dr Emerson

Dr Leigh

Ms Roxon

Mr Bowen

Mr L. D. T. Ferguson

Ms Livermore

Mr Rudd

Mr Bradbury

Mr M. J. Ferguson

Mr Lyons

Ms Saffin

Ms Brodtmann

Mr Fitzgibbon

Mr McClelland

Mr Shorten

Ms A. E. Burke

Mr Garrett

Ms Macklin

Mr Sidebottom

Mr A. S. Burke

Mr Georganas

Mr Marles

Mr S. F. Smith

Mr Butler

Mr Gibbons

Mr Melham

Ms Smyth

Mr Byrne

Ms Gillard

Mr Mitchell

Mr Snowdon

Mr Champion

Mr Gray

Mr Murphy

Mr Swan

Mr Cheeseman

Ms Grierson

Mr Neumann

Mr Symon

Mr Clare

Mr Griffin

Mr O’Connor

Mr C. R. Thomson

Ms Collins

Ms Hall*

Ms O’Neill

Mr K. J. Thomson

Mr Combet

Mr Hayes*

Ms Owens

Ms Vamvakinou

Mr Danby

Mr Husic

Ms Parke

Mr Wilkie

Mrs D’Ath

Mr S. P. Jones

Mr Perrett

Mr Zappia

* Tellers

And so it was resolved in the affirmative.

Question—That the motion as amended be agreed to—put and passed.