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Chapter 8 Sittings, Quorum And Adjournment Of The Senate: 54 Adjournment Without Motion



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CHAPTER 8

SITTINGS, QUORUM AND ADJOURNMENT OF THE SENATE

54 Adjournment without motion

(1) At the time specified for each sitting day, the President shall propose the question that the Senate do now adjourn, and that question shall be open to debate.

(2) If the Senate is in committee at that time, the chairman shall leave the chair and report to the Senate, and on such a report being made the President shall forthwith propose the question that the Senate do now adjourn, and that question shall be open to debate.

(3) If the Senate or the committee is in division at that time the President shall not propose that question or the chairman leave the chair till the result of the division has been declared.

(4)  If the consideration of government documents under standing order 61 or the consideration of committee reports under standing order 62(1) concludes before the expiration of the times provided, the question for the adjournment shall then be proposed.

(5)  Except on Tuesday debate on the question for the adjournment shall not exceed 40 minutes, and a senator shall not speak to that question for more than 10 minutes on any day. On Tuesday at the conclusion of debate, and on other days at the expiration of 40 minutes, at the conclusion of debate, or at the time specified for adjournment, whichever is the earlier, or if there is no debate, the President shall adjourn the Senate without putting the question.

(amended 13 February 1997, 7 December 1998, 28 August 2002)