SUMMARY OF TIME LIMITS

General

Address-in-reply [SO 131]

Mover and seconder, each

20 minutes

Any other member

15 minutes

Adjournment debate [SO 33]

Raising matters, any member

3 minutes (subject to overall time period)

Total time for all responses by ministers

30 minutes (maximum time for raising matters 10 speakers or 30 minutes, whichever is the shorter)

Disallowance motion [SO 151]

Any member

5 minutes (subject to overall time limit) (maximum of 6 speakers or 30 minutes total debating time, whichever is the shorter)

Government business program -- setting/amending program [SOs 94,95]

Any member

5 minutes (subject to overall time period) (maximum of 6 speakers or 30 minutes total debating time, whichever is the shorter)

Grievance debate [SO 38]

Any member

15 minutes (subject to the overall time period) (maximum of 8 speakers or 2 hours total debating time, whichever is the shorter)

Matter of public importance [SO 39]

First government and non-government speakers, each

15 minutes

Any other member

10 minutes (subject to overall time limit) (maximum of 2 hours)

Ministerial statements [SO 43]

Minister

20 minutes

Lead opposition speaker

20 minutes

Any other member

10 minutes (subject to maximum number of speakers as determined by the minister after consultation)

Motions other than procedural motions [SO 131]

Mover

30 minutes

Lead speakers in response from government and/or opposition, each

30 minutes

Lead speaker in response from any other party, each

20 minutes

Any other member

10 minutes

No-confidence motions [SO 131]

Mover

unlimited

Lead speaker in response from opposition

unlimited

Lead speaker in response from any other party, each

1 hour

Any other member

15 minutes

Procedural motions [SO 131]

These time limits apply to procedural motions, dilatory motions [9] and debate on the question that remaining business be postponed.

All members

5 minutes (subject to the overall time period) (maximum of 6 speakers or 30 minutes total debating time, whichever is the shorter)

Question time [SO 55]

 

30 minutes, or until 10 questions are answered, whichever is the longer

Reply by mover of substantive motion [SO 132]

Any reply

15 minutes

Statements by members [SO 40]

Any member

90 seconds (subject to overall time limit) (maximum of 30 minutes)

Statements on parliamentary committee reports [SO 41]

Any member

5 minutes (subject to overall time limit) (maximum of 6 speakers or 30 minutes total debating time, whichever is the shorter)

Urgent motion -- debate on allotment of time [SO 135]

Any member

5 minutes (subject to overall time limit) (maximum of 6 speakers or 30 minutes total debating time, whichever is the shorter)

 

Bills

Appropriation bills -- second reading [SO 131]

Mover

unlimited

Lead speaker in response from opposition

unlimited

Lead speaker in response from any other party, each

1 hour

Any other member

15 minutes

Consideration in detail -- all bills [SO 131]

Mover

unlimited (in time and how often a mover may speak to a question)

Any other member

twice on each question, 5 minutes each time

Government bills (excluding appropriation bills) -- second reading [SO 131]

Mover

unlimited

Lead speaker in response from opposition

30 minutes*

Lead speaker in response from any other party, each

20 minutes*

Any other member

10 minutes

*Plus, where the minister speaks for more than 30 minutes, an additional time equivalent to the minister's time in excess of 30 minutes. If a minister incorporates a second reading speech, the Speaker may grant additional time if he or she believes the second reading speech would have taken more than 30 minutes to read aloud.

Legislative Council amendments -- consideration of [SO 131]

[non-procedural motion]

Minister

30 minutes

Lead speaker from opposition

30 minutes

Lead speaker from any other party, each

20 minutes

Any other member

10 minutes

Private members' bills -- second reading [SO 131]

Mover

30 minutes

Lead speakers in response from government and/or opposition, each

30 minutes

Lead speaker in response from any other party, each

20 minutes

Any other member

10 minutes

Reply by mover of 2nd or 3rd reading of a bill [10] [SO 132]

Any reply

15 minutes

Urgent bill -- debate on allotment of time [SO 135]

Any member

5 minutes (subject to overall time limit) (maximum of 6 speakers or 30 minutes total debating time, whichever is the shorter)