STANDING ORDERS CHAPTER 17

MOTIONS AND QUESTIONS

147 Order of the day defined

 

An order of the day is a bill or other matter which the House has ordered to be taken into consideration on a particular day

148 Consideration of orders of the day

 

(1)

When notices of motion have been disposed of, the Speaker directs the Clerk to read the orders of the day without any question being put. Orders of the day are dealt with in the order in which they appear on the notice paper. However, on days on which government business has precedence, ministers may put government orders at the head of the list in whatever order they wish.

 

(2)

An order of the day may be discharged by resolution of the House

149 Further consideration of motions or orders

 

Where a date has not been set for further consideration of a motion or an order of the day, it is listed on the next day's notice paper after all other notices of motion and orders of the day.

150 Precedence of motions

 

Motions have precedence according to the order in which their notices of motion were given. An urgent motion directly concerning the privileges of the House has precedence over all other motions and orders of the day.

151 Motion on disallowance of subordinate legislation

 

(1)

A motion to disallow a statutory rule which has been adversely reported on by the Scrutiny of Acts and Regulations Committee takes precedence immediately before statements by members on the last sitting Wednesday before the twelfth sitting day after the notice of motion has been given, unless it has been resolved previously.

 

(2)

Debate on the motion will last for a maximum of 30 minutes, or until six members have spoken, whichever is the shorter. Subject to the overall time period a member may speak in the debate for five minutes. At the end of the total period allowed, the Chair must interrupt the debate and put the question.

152 Rules relating to motions

 

The following rules relate to motions:

 

(1)

A motion must not be moved if it is substantially the same as one that has been resolved in the same session.

 

(2)

No motion, except for those moved under SO 5(4) and SO 8 needs to be seconded.

 

(3)

A motion may be withdrawn by its mover but only with the leave of the House. A motion withdrawn by leave may be moved again in the same session.

 

(4)

If a member, other than a minister, is not in the House when his or her notice of motion is called on, it lapses unless another member, at the absent member's request, fixes another time for moving the motion.

153 Putting the question

 

When a motion has been moved and, if required, seconded, the Speaker must propose a question on the motion to the House. The House may order a complicated question to be split.

154 Restrictions on further motions

 

If either of the motions:

 

(1)

'That the debate be adjourned'; or

 

(2)

'That the question be now put' --

 

is defeated, the same motion cannot be moved again within 15minutes.

155 Closure motions

 

(1)

A member may move a closure motion 'That the question be now put' without notice:

 

 

(a)

at any time during debate on a question in the House; and

 

 

(b)

whether or not a member is addressing the Chair.

 

 

 

 

 

(2)

The Chair must put the question immediately without amendment or debate unless he or she believes that:

 

 

(a)

it is an abuse of the rules of the House; or

 

 

(b)

it is a denial of the rights of the minority; or

 

 

(c)

it has been moved to obstruct business.

 

(3)

No other motion or point of order may be put or raised until that motion has been disposed of.

 

(4)

When a closure motion has been carried and the original question resolved, further closure motions may be moved at once, and in the same way, to decide any other questions already proposed by the Chair

 

(5)

The closure motion can only be accepted by the Speaker or Deputy Speaker.

156 Rescission

 

A resolution or other vote of the House may be read and rescinded.