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Friday, 15 December 1905

Mr DEAKIN (Ballarat) (Minister of External Affairs) . - I move -

That the following Standing Orders, recommended Bv the Standing Orders Committees of the Senate and House of Representatives be adopted by this House, in substitution for existing standing orders 214A and 214B : - 214A. Any public Bill which lapses by reason of a prorogation before it has reached its final stage may be proceeded with in the next ensuing session at the stage it had reached in the preceding session, if a. periodical election for the Senate or general election for either House has not taken place between such two sessions, under the following conditions : -

(a)   If the Bill be in the possession of the House in which it originated, not having been sent to the other House, or, if sent, then returned by Message, it may be proceeded with by resolution of the House in which it is, restoring it to the notice-paper.

(b)   If the Bill be in the possession of the House in which it did not originate it may be proceeded with by resolution of the House in which it is, restoring it to the notice-paper, but such resolution shall "not be passed unless a Message has been received from the House in which it originated, requesting that its consideration may be resumed. 214B. Any Bill so restored to the notice-paper shall thenceforth be proceeded with in both Houses as if its passage had not been interrupted by a prorogation, and if finally passed, be presented to the Governor-General for His Majesty's Assent. 214c. Should the motion for restoration to the notice-paper be not agreed to by the House in which the Bill originated, the Bill may be introduced and proceeded with in the ordinary manner.

The proposed Standing Orders are intended to carry out an arrangement arrived at by the Standing Orders Committees of this House ana of the Senate. The other Chamber has already performed its part, and it remains for us to perform ours. We have been, acting upon similar Standing Orders, the only variation now proposed from those previously operating being made by the provision that requires a resolution on the part of the House in which a measure originated, to restore it to the businesspaper in another session.

Mr BRUCE SMITH (PARKES, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Would the Prime Minister state how that would affect the right of honorable members to make a second-reading speech on the Australian Industries Preservation Bill?

Mr DEAKIN - That case would not be affected. The existing Standing Orders cover it. As I have explained, the new Standing Orders make no alteration, except in regard to the consent of the originating House being required before a lapsed Bill can be restored to the business-paper.

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