Tuesday, 4 December 2018
Procedure Committee; Report
On behalf of the Standing Committee on Procedure, I present the committee's report entitled Maintenance of the standing orders: final report, together with the minutes of proceedings.
Report made a parliamentary paper in accordance with standing order 39(e).
by leave—The House is entitled to expect that the Procedure Committee closely monitors the day-to-day operations and effectiveness of the House procedures. The reference typically adopted by the committee early in each parliament—to inquire into the maintenance of the standing orders—provides a formal mechanism for us to do exactly that. In our interim report earlier this year we identified some relatively minor technical issues and inconsistencies in the standing orders and suggested amendments to address them. In the preparation of that report, we identified some additional issues that we felt warranted further consideration and consultation with colleagues. The final report reflects our deliberations on some of these issues. The committee's views were informed by a number of private round tables with key office holders and interested members, where we were able to test our proposals and obtain considered feedback. On behalf of the committee, I wish to thank all those who participated in our discussions. Not every issue canvassed by the committee resulted in a proposal for change. Some areas where we contemplated change but ultimately determined to maintain the status quo will continue to be closely monitored. I'd like to conclude by thanking the deputy chair, the member for Oxley, and my committee colleagues for their consideration of these matters. I commend the report to the House.