|Title||Ch10 Legislation / ORDINARY BILL PROCEDURE / Consideration in detail / Bill considered clause by clause / POSTPONED CLAUSES
|Source||House of Reps
|Chapter No.||Chapter 10
House of Representatives Ch 10 p 370
A clause,1 clauses which have been taken together by leave,2 a clause and an amendment moved to the clause,3 or a clause which has been amended,4 may be postponed. The postponement may be specific, for example, âuntil after clause 6â.5 If not specific, postponed clauses are considered after schedules and before the title, or if there is a preamble, before the preamble.6 Part of a clause may also be postponed.7
A postponement of a clause is regarded as a motion, not an amendment. The motion to postpone a clause may be debated.8 Debate is limited to the question of postponement, and the bill or the clause may not be discussed. In relation to the Family Law Bill 1974 the House agreed to a procedural motion which, inter alia, postponed clauses 1 to 47 until after clause 48,9 the clause that was attracting the attention of most Members. On occasions a motion has been moved that a clause be postponed âas an instruction to the Government that . . .â10 or âso that the Government may redraft it to provide . . .â.11 The proposed instruction was not recorded in the Votes and Proceedings.
VP 1962â63/28; H.R. Deb. (27.2.62) 222â34.
H.R. Deb. (18.5.56) 2269.
H.R. Deb. (18.5.56) 2294.