Senate debates

Tuesday, 4 December 2018


Procedure Committee; Reference

3:47 pm

Photo of Rex PatrickRex Patrick (SA, Centre Alliance) Share this | | Hansard source

I move:

(1) That the Senate:

(a) notes that formal business is taking up a significant amount of time each sitting week; and

(b) accepts that the right of senators to move business of the Senate motions, including motions for the disallowance of legislative instruments and to refer matters to standing committees, should be unrestricted.

(2) That the following matter be referred to the Procedure Committee for inquiry and report by the last sitting day in February 2019:

That the standing orders relating to the routine of business be reviewed to assess whether a limit should apply to the consideration of formal motions, or other procedural changes be made to limit the time taken for the consideration of formal motions in a sitting week.

Question agreed to.