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Thursday, 24 June 2004
Page: 31486

Mr ABBOTT (Leader of the House) (11:40 AM) —I move:

That the revised standing orders presented by the Procedure Committee on 24 November 2003 be adopted and come into effect on the first day of sitting of the 41st Parliament.

The last major revision to the standing orders of this House of Representatives took place back in 1963. The Procedure Committee has been working on revised standing orders since November 2002, along with the clerks. They have now completed that work, and it is presented to the parliament for approval. The standing orders have been renumbered, reordered and rewritten—not to alter their meaning but to make them clearer and more intelligible. It is of course a unanimous recommendation of the Procedure Committee that these new standing orders be adopted by the House. It is appropriate that the new standing orders begin from the commencement of a new parliament.

I would like to thank the Procedure Committee for their work on this important subject. I would also like to thank the clerks for their excellent work on this important subject. It is good to see that both the committee and in particular the clerks are doing their job of trying to preserve, maintain, protect and improve the standards of this House.