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Standing Orders Committee - Senate - Session 1914 - Report of, recommending Amendments and Additions


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1914.

THE PARLIAMENT OF THE COMUONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA.

FROM 'J'Hg

STANDING ORDERS COMMITTEE.

AMENDMENTS AND ADDITIONS RECOMMENDED.

Lriicl ·on the Table by the President, and ordered to be printed, 10th June, 1914.

[Cos/ cl Paper.-Preparation, not gil·en ; 7 40 copies ; approximate cost of printing and publishing, £4.]

Printed and Published for the GOVF.RNMENT of the (01,fl\fONWEALTH of AUSTRALIA by ALBERT J. MULLETT, Government Printer for the State of Victoria.

S. l.-F.7198.

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}1IRST RJ~PORT l 1 ROM THE STANDINU ORDERS COMMITTEE.

The Standing Orders Committee, at meetings held during the Sessions of

1912 and 1913, considered the advisability of making certain amendments in the

Standing Orders of the Senate.

Your Committee have further considered the matter, and have resolved to

recommend for adoption the appended additions and amendments.

President's Room,

4th June, 1914.

THOS. GIVENS,

Chairman.

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APPENDIX.

STANDING ORDERS.

A)lENDMENTS AND ADDITIONS RECOMMENDED BY THE STANDING ORDERS UOM1VIITTEE.

(N ote. - Words to be omitted are ruled through ; words to be inserted, and new Standing Orders, are shown in black type).

S. 0. 1, par. (g). -The Writ Certificate of Election of each Senator, 1.vith the Return indor-&ee:-thereon, having been previously delivered to the Clerl{, shall by him be laid on the Table, and

Senators may then make and subscribe the Oath or Affirmation of Allegiance in the form set forth in the Schedule to the Constitution. S.O. 2, par. (d). - ·

The Writ Certificate of Election of each Senator elected since the last sitting of the Senate, 1.vith the-RetttHl-iruie:F-SOO thereon, having been previously delivered to the Clerk, shall by him be laid on the Table, and each Senator may

then make and subscribe the Oath or Affirmation of Allegiance in the form set forth in the Schedule to the Constitution. S.O. 2, par. (i).-

The Writ Certificate of Election of each Senator elected since the last sitting of the Senate, with the Return indorsed tltereen, having been previously delivered to the Clerk, shall by him be laid on the Table, and each Senator may then make and subscribe the Oath or Affirmation of Allegiance in the form set forth in the Schedule to the Constitution. New S.O. 38A.-

Unless by leave of the Senate no Standing Committee sitting of standing shall sit during the sittings of the Senate, committee.

s.o.

(See S.O. 295.)

53-lf there be a *Quorum present the Chair shall be taken and prayer read at the time appointed on every clay fixed for the meeting of the Senate ; but if there be not a

Quorum present, and if, at the expiration of five minutes thereafter, a£ter that time, the bells having been again mng for two minutes, there still be not a Quorum present, the President shall adjourn the Senate

to the next sitting day. *By Section 22 of the Constitution, a Quorum is "at least one-third of th e whole number of the Senators."

New S.O. 73A. -If any business before the Senate, or a Committee of the Whole, be interrupted by the operation of any Sessional Order, such business may be dealt with af

a later hour of the day, or shall appear on the

Notice Paper for the next day of sitting at the end of Government or Private Business, as the case may be.

The Chair taken or Senate adjourned for want of a Quorum.

Business interrupted by Sessional Order.

Notice of Question.

Question asked for absent Senator.

Notice of Motion; how given.

Senator to vote as he calls. ·

Notice of Call fer..v,:a:rEl:oo by post or by hand.

Payment of certain witnesses before Committees.

Messages from the House of Represen­ tatives received by Clerk-Assistant.

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S.O. 99-N otice of Question shall be given by a Senator delivering the same at the Table fairly written, printed, or typed, signed by himself, and showing the day proposed for asking such

Question, or such Notice may be given by one Senator on behalf of another.

New S.O. 100A.- . A Senator on being requested by the Senator who has given Notice, may ask the Question of which Notice has been given.

(See S.O. 117.)

s.o. 101-N otice of Motion shall be given by the Senator stating its terms to the Senate and delivering at the Table a copy of such Notice, fairly written, printed, or typed, signed

by himself, and showing the clay proposed for bringing on such Motion.

New S.O. 165A. -Every Senator shall vote in accordance with his voice, and his vote shall be so recorded.

· S.O. 279--A notice of the order for a Call of the Senate, signed by the Clerk, shall be forwarded by post, or delivered by hand, to each Senator.

s.o. 313-Payment may &±Ht±± be made according to the following scale to any professional or other Witnesses, or to persons whom the Committee may deem it necessary to employ in

furtherance of the inquiry with which the Committee is charged ; and the Chairman's certificate on the face of -an account shall be sufficient authority for its payment by the Clerk of the Senate.

S.O. 332-

£ s. cl.

Attendance for professional witness ... At the discre­ tion of the

Committee

Attendance for ordinary witness, per d~ 010 6

Travelling expenses ( if more than six miles), per mile each way O O 6

Hotel and other expenses, per day, 10s. 6d., unless the Chairman certifies to a larger amount, not exceeding 15s. Additional compensation for loss of time in certain cases

and special payments shall be determined by the Committee.

Every Message from the House of Representatives sl1all be received without delay by the Clerk-Assistant at the Bar while the Senate is sitting, and be reported by the President as early as convenient, and a future time

named for its consideration; or it may, by leave, be

dealt with at once.

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.0. 402-Unless otherwise provided every Senator may peak once Right of speech in "enate.

8.0. 406-

on-( a) Any Question before the Senate ; (b) Any Amendment thereon ; (c) In Reply, if he is entitled to Reply; but not otherwise.

A reply shall be allowed to a Senator who has made a

substantive Motion to the Senate, or moved any reading of a Bill, on which motions debate is a]Jowed, but not to a Senator who has moved an Amendment or the Previous Question.

s.o. 426-The following motions are not open to debate, shall be moved without argument or opinion offered, and shall be forthwith put hy the President from the chair, and the

vote taken.

(u) That the Senate do now divide; (b) That this debate be adjourned.

(See also S.O.'s 71, 73, 184, 416, 424.)

• Re-arrange numbers of the following Standing Orders: 233 to be . 230 ; 230 ,, 231;

2~1 ,, 232;

232 ,, 233.

C. B. BOYDELL, Clerk of the Senate.

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Reply in certain cases.

Motions not opeu to debate.