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TIME LIMITS ON DEBATE

 

Time limits on speeches and for the consideration of particular items of business are provided for in a number of standing orders.

 

The following list consolidates these time limits and indicates where they can be located in this volume (SO - standing order).

1 Debate

General - 20 mins SO 189(1)

Extension of time - 10 mins SO 189(1)

In committee - 15 mins SO 189(3)

In reply - 20 mins SO 189(2)

2 Bills

First reading of non-amendable bill - 15 mins SO 112(2)

Second reading - 20 mins SO 189(1)

In committee - 15 mins SO 189(3)

Third reading - 20 mins SO 189(1)

 

Selection of Bills Committee - adoption of report - 5 mins

(limit for debate 30 mins) SO 24A(7)

 

Reference of a bill to committee - 5 mins

(limit for debate 30 mins)      SO 115(6)

3 Matters of public importance/urgency - 10 mins SO 75

(limit for debate 60 mins, or if no motions are moved after

question time to take note of answers, 90 mins) SO 75(7)

4 Matters of public interest - 15 mins   SO 57(2)

5 Questions

Without notice: question - 1 min.; answer - 4 mins;

supplementary questions and answers - 1 min. each SO 72(3)

 

Motions relating to answers - 5 mins

(limit for debate 30 mins) SO 72(4)

 

6 Committee reports and government responses and 

Auditor-General’s reports

Motions relating to committee report on Wednesday or

Thursday - 10 mins (limit for debate 60 mins) SO 62(4)

 

Resumption of debate on motions for consideration

or adoption - 10 mins (limit for debate 60 mins) SO 62(1)

7 Government documents

Motion to take note, Tuesday and Wednesday - 5 mins

(limit for debate 30 mins) SO 61(3)

 

Resumption Thursday - 5 mins (limit for debate 60 mins) SO 61(3)

8 General - documents

Motions moved by leave - 10 mins

(limit for debate 30 mins per motion, 60 mins for all motions) SO 169(2)

9 Suspension of standing orders - 5 mins

(limit for debate 30 mins) SO 209(4)

10 Adjournment - 10 mins

(limit for debate 40 mins, except Tuesdays) SO 54(5)

 

 

 

Note:  Time taken to make or determine points of order and form a quorum is not deducted from the time for the senator to speak or ask a question or the time for a debate except the adjournment debate (standing orders 52(7), 197(6)).

 

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SENATE NUMBERS

 

Quorum     19 (one-quarter)

 

Absolute majority  39