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11    Scrutiny of Bills—Standing Committee—Standing order 24—Amendment

The Chair of the Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Bills (Senator Polley), pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 587—That—

               (a)       the Senate adopt the recommendation at paragraph 4.10 of Scrutiny digest 13 of 2017 of the Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Bills, proposing an amendment to standing order 24; and

               (b)       the temporary order of the Senate of 29 November 2016, concerning an amendment to standing order 24, cease to have effect.

Statement by leave : Senator Polley, by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Question put and passed.

Accordingly, standing order 24 was amended, with immediate effect, as follows:

At the end of paragraph (1), add:

                 (d)   The committee shall maintain on its website a list of bills in relation to which the committee has sought advice from the responsible minister and not yet received a response.

                 (e)   Where the committee has not finally reported on a bill because a ministerial response has not been received, then:

                    (i)   immediately prior to the consideration of government business on any day; or

                   (ii)   immediately prior to the consideration of the bill,

                         any senator may ask the minister for an explanation of why the minister has not provided a response to the committee.

                  (f)   Where an explanation is sought under paragraph (e) and a minister provides an explanation, then at the conclusion of the explanation the senator may move, without notice, a motion:

                    (i)   relating to the consideration of the bill; or

                   (ii)   that the Senate take note of the explanation.

                 (g)   Where an explanation is sought under paragraph (e) and the minister does not provide an explanation, then the senator may, without notice, move a motion relating to:

                    (i)   the consideration of the bill; or

                   (ii)   the minister’s failure to provide an explanation.

                 (h)   The procedures in paragraphs (e) to (g) may only be used once on any sitting day in respect of any bill or bills taken together.