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Chapter 31 Conduct of Senators and Rules of Debate: 197 Interruption of speaker: points of order or privilege



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CHAPTER 31

CONDUCT OF SENATORS AND RULES OF DEBATE

197 Interruption of speaker: points of order or privilege

(1) A senator shall not interrupt another senator speaking, except:

(a) to call attention to a point of order or privilege; or

(b) to call attention to the lack of a quorum.

(2) A senator may draw attention at any time to a point of order or a matter of privilege arising in the proceedings then before the Senate.

(3) A question of order or a matter of privilege so raised suspends the consideration and decision of every other question until determined.

(4) On a question of order being raised the senator called to order shall sit down.

(5) The President may hear argument on the question, and may determine it forthwith, or at a later time, at the President’s discretion.

(6) Time taken in raising and determining points of order during a debate shall not be regarded as part of the amount of time allowed for a senator to speak in a debate or ask a question or for a debate.

(amended 13 February 1997)