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Chapter 9 Times Of Sittings And Routine Of Business: 62 Consideration Of Committee Reports And Government Responses And Auditor-General's Reports



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CHAPTER 9

TIMES OF SITTINGS AND ROUTINE OF BUSINESS

62 Consideration of committee reports and government responses and Auditor-General’s reports

(1) Where in any week there are orders of the day for the resumption of debate on motions for the consideration or adoption of reports of committees or government responses to such reports:

(a) on Thursday at the time provided orders of the day relating to reports of committees or government responses presented to the Senate during that week shall be severally called on, in the order in which the respective reports or government responses were presented;

(b) if there are no orders of the day relating to committee reports or government responses presented during that week, or if debate on motions relating to such reports or government responses concludes before the expiration of 60 minutes, orders of the day relating to committee reports or government responses presented prior to that week shall then be severally called on in an order which is the reverse of the order in which the respective reports or government responses were presented;

(c) in any debate on such motions so called on, each senator may speak for not more than 10 minutes; and

(d) any debate pursuant to this standing order shall be interrupted at the expiration of 60 minutes.

(2) Reports of the Auditor-General in respect of which no motion is moved on their presentation, and orders of the day for adjourned debates on such reports, shall be placed on the Notice Paper for consideration on Thursday at the time for the consideration of committee reports and government responses under general business, after those reports and responses.

(3) Where debate on a motion under the provisions of this standing order is adjourned or interrupted, senators who have spoken to the motion under the provisions of this standing order may speak again to the motion for the time allowed by the standing orders when the debate on the motion is again called on in the normal course of business.

(4) (a) If a committee report is presented at the time provided on Wednesday or Thursday, a motion may be moved relating to the report.

(b) A senator speaking to such a motion shall not speak for more than 10 minutes, and debate on all such motions shall not exceed 60 minutes.

 

 (c) If a debate is not concluded at the expiration of that time the debate shall be made an order of the day for Thursday at the time for consideration of committee reports.

(amended 14 October 1991, 13 February 1997, 10 May 2000)