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Standing Orders Committee - Senate - First Report (1922 Session)

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Laid on the Table by the President, and ordered to be p·rinted, 4th October, 1922.

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The Standing Orders Committee have considered the advisability of reprinting the Standing

Orders with amendments and additions to date, and also the provision of certain new Standing

Orders and further· amendments to existing Standing Orders; and recommend-(a) That the additions and amendments as set out in the Appendix hereto be adopted by the Senate; and

(b) That the Standing Orders, with such amendments and additions as are agreed to

by the Senate, be reprinted.

President's Room,

4th October, 1922.






(Note.-Words to be omitted are rtµed through; words :to ~. be [inserted, and new Standing Orders, are shown in black type.) .

8.0. 15-Vacation of Office of President. 15. Subject to section 17 of the Constitution, the office of President shall become vacant on tbe 30th day of June following a periodical election, or on the date of any Proclamation dissolving the Senate. But if the place of the holder of the office has not

become vacant on · the 30th day of June following the periodical election, the office of President shall continue until the day next before the meetH+r e.f ~ffP-l-tfrffifiM first sitting day of the Senate after such

30th day of June following such period:ca] election. A periodical election shall be taken to mean ~ ny election for the purpose of filling the places of the Senators of either of the two classes mentioned in section 13 of the Constitution becoming vacant in terms of such last -mentioned section. -

s.o. 17--Election of President.

17. A Senator, addressing himself to the Clerk, shall propose to the Senate for their President some Senator then present, and move that such Senator do take the chair of the Senate as President. Such

Motion, before being entertained by the Senate, sh all be seconded by some other Senator.

New S.0. 28a-(Transferred from S.O. 31)­

Ternporary Chairmen.

The President shall nominate at the commencement of every Session a panel of not less than two Senators who may act as temporary Chairmen of Committees when requested so to do by the Chairman of Com­ mittees, or when the Chairman of Committees is· absent.

8.0. 31--

President rel,iwed by Deputy-President.

31. The Chairman of Committees shall take the Chair as Deputy-President whenever requested so to do by the President during a sitting of the Senate: without any formal communication to the Senate ; ftOO t-li-e Presirlent shad-± nominate at the oommettCB­

metrt e£ e¥er:f ~® tt p&He± ef fret ±eSfr thRa twe ~effi -F.Afl mtl-;'f aet: tl:S tem~ -G+HH-f-ffiet+ Bf Committees ~ requested s-e te Ele bf 4Jre GtHHrffitHt Bf Committees, & ¥.=ftffit ~ Chairma-H ef Gemmtttee-£. * a-bsefih

(See new S.O. 28a above.)

s.o. 52-

Meeting of Senate.

52. The ~ells shall_ be rung for five minutes prior to the Pr~ ~ tlte Gh&ir time appointed on each day fixed as a meeting day of the Senate.

8.0. 57-I f the Chairman of Committees reports want of Quorum in a Division, the Senate ,is counted.-Senate adJ°ourned.

57 . When t he President shall be informed by the Chairman of Committees, in consequence of a ~eport of a Division of the Committee by the' Tellers, that a Quorum as aforesaid is not present, the bells shall be rung for two minutes ; tlie President shall then count the Senate, and if no Quorum be then present, he shall fort~with adjourn the Senate ti]] the next sitt ing day; but if a Quorum be then present the President shall forthwith leave the Chair and the Committee resume.

S.O. 58-When want of a Quorwn is noticed, the Senate is counted.-Senate adJ°ourned.

58 If any Senator shall take notice, or if the

Chairman of Committees shall report to the President, that a Quorum as aforesaid is not present, the bells shall be rung for two minutes ; the President shall then count the Senate, and, if a Quorum be not

present, he shall forthwith adjourn the Senate till the next sitting day: Provided that where the Senate is -counted after the report from the Chairman of Com­ mittees if a Quorum be then present the President shall forthwith leave the Chair and the Committee resume.

S.O. 65 (to be transferred to chapter headed "Routine of Business").- .. -

Motion in reference to Eus1·ness of the Senate.

65. Anv Motion connected with the conduct of the Business V o£ the Senate may be moved by a Minister of the Crown at any time without Notice.

~Tew .0. 66a-Business of the Senate to take Precedence. 66a. The following Business shall be placed on the Notice Paper as "Business of the Senate " and shall

take precedence of Government and Private Business for the day on which it is set down for consideration, viz. :-(a) A motion for leave of absence to a Senator; (b) A motion touching the qualification of a


( c) A motion for the disallowance of a Regulation or Ordinance; (d) An Order of the Day for the presentation of a Report from a Select Committee.

S.O. 166-V ote of the President and Chairman. 166. The President and Chairman of Committees shall respectively in all cases be entitled to a vote. WheH­ t-he ¥etee tH'-e e1+1:a+ t-lte Q-R~t-iett t+ttt+++ -pA-PrA- t'l:t *-+te


(See S.O. 178 below.)

S.O. 178-Names taken down.

178. The name of every Senator shall be taken down by one of the Cler ks at the direction of the Teller on either side, who shall sign their respective lists, and present the same to the President, who shall declare the result to the Senate. When the votes are equal the Question shall pass in the negative.

S.O. 286-0rder of calling the names. 286. When the Order of the Day for calling over the Senate is read, unless the same be postponed or

discharged, the names of the Senators shall be called over by the Clerk alphabetically : Provided that any


alteration of the Order, varying the time tlxed for the Call, shall be on a motion fixing an hour or day subsequent to that previously named for the Call.

s.o. 299-Record of Proceedings cLnd Divisions.

299. An entry shall be made in the proceedin~s of the names oi the Senators attending each Committee meE>ting, and of every Motion or Amendment proposed in the Committee, together with the name of the Mover thereof; and if any Division take place in the Com­ mittee, the Chairman shall take down the names . of the Senators voting in any such Division, distinguishmg on which side of the Question they respectively vote, and such names shall be recorded in the minutes.

S.O. 407a-Time Limit to Speeches.

407a. No Senator shall speak for more t han one hour in any debate in the Senate, except that in the debate on the Address-in-Reply, or on the first reading of a Bill which t he Senate may not amend, or in moving the second reading of a Bill, he shall be at liberty to speak for one hour and a half. Any Senator may move that the limit of one hour or of one hour and a half may be extended for thirty minutes; such motion shall forth­

with be put without debate : Provided that wher~ a right of reply is allowed in any debate a Senator speaking in reply shall speak for not more than thirty minutes. In committee no Senator shall speak for more than a quarter of an hour at any one time on any one question:

Provided that where the speech of a Senator is inter­ rupted by this provision, and no other Senator rises to speak, the Senato·r so interrupted may continue his speech for a further quarter of an hour but no longer continuously on any one question.

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