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Motion Without Notice - COVID-19 Sessional Orders Amendment
Type of vote: Motion (Amendment)
Moved by: Greens
Thursday, 30 April 2020
|Greens, Labor||Liberals, Ogilvie|
An Amendment was proposed by Dr Woodruff by inserting the following paragraph after paragraph (b):
“(c) Sessional Order 48A be suspended and the following Sessional Order be inserted instead:
48A Minimum number of Questions
Notwithstanding the provisions of Standing Order 47, the Speaker shall ensure that a minimum of questions without notice to be asked shall be nine by the Opposition, three by Members of the Greens and two by the Independent Member for Clark if such Member seeks the call.
SESSIONAL ORDERS. – A Motion being made and the Question being proposed, That, for the remainder of this Session:
(a) Standing Order 18, paragraphs (d) and (e) be suspended and the following paragraph be inserted instead:-
“(d) When the House adjourns in accordance with paragraph (b) of this Standing Order or the adjournment is moved in accordance with paragraph (c) of this Standing Order:-
(i) the Speaker shall call speakers on the COVID-19 Emergency Matter of Public Importance. Members may speak to such matter for seven minutes each and the debate shall not exceed thirty-five minutes; and
(ii) following the conclusion of any debate under sub-paragraph (i), the Speaker shall then call for adjournment speakers, when any Member may speak to any matter for seven minutes. After these issues have been debated for a maximum period of one hour, the House shall stand adjourned, without Question being put, until the next sitting day.
(b) Sessional Order 18A be amended, by taking out “Six o’clock” and insert “the time prescribed for the adjournment in Standing Order 18(a)”. (The Minister for Infrastructure and Transport)