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Thursday, 24 June 2004
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Mrs MAY (11:46 AM) —Following the comments of the Deputy Chair of the Procedure Committee, I would also like to support the motion on the adoption of the revised standing orders, as presented by the Leader of the House today. The committee undertook an enormous job. I am delighted to see in the House Claressa Surtees, who was very much part of the revision of the standing orders. I would also like to pay tribute to the members of the committee from my own side: the members for Mackellar, for Kalgoorlie and for Wentworth. The revision of the standing orders was a huge undertaking and all members were very committed to the process. It took a lot of time, and I think that along the way all of us learnt a little bit about our history and exactly what is in our standing orders. I thank the deputy chair for his support throughout the whole process. I think we all agree that it was a big process. I thank both the Leader of the House and the Manager of Opposition Business for their support in adopting these revised standing orders.

As the member for Chifley has already indicated, there has been no revision of the standing orders since 1963, so all of us involved in the rewriting of the standing orders can be very proud of the part we have played. It is always a great sense of achievement when you see the adoption of a report that you have brought before the House. We all believe that the revision of the standing orders is going to make it a lot simpler for members of the House, particularly in the next parliament, with the new members coming in, to understand the standing orders and how they relate to the parliament. When we went through them we were lost on some of the meanings of the standing orders, and we certainly had some great debates about what those standing orders meant, so I think members will find them a lot more user-friendly. They will make more sense to the workings of the parliament. I say to the new members coming in, and even to the present members who are very familiar with what we have in front of us, that I think they will find the revised standing orders a lot more user-friendly. I thank everybody who was involved: my committee, the Leader of the House and the Manager of Opposition Business. We are delighted that the revised standing orders have been adopted and we look forward to working with them in the next parliament.

Question agreed to.