Thursday, 18 June 2020
Senate Temporary Orders
President, I seek your clarification as to the application of amended standing order 66, which was amended earlier today by notice of motion No. 705, which was rammed through. I'm seeking clarity on when that takes—
My understanding is that that is the effect of the motion. I did check this before. I'm happy to be corrected if someone would like to correct me, as always, but that's the effect of the resolution passed. I did seek to check its effect—I don't have it in front of me—but it applies—
To assist the chamber, it's very clear that the intention is for this to apply from the next day of sitting in August, when we get back. This is obviously not a time to have debate; this is a time to deal with formal motions, which are meant to be simple motions that are voted on without amendment or debate.
I thank the minister. I've checked with the Clerk. He confirms my ruling, which is that this was dealt with via suspension of standing orders. The effect of the resolution was explained at the time. That's my ruling. I plan to proceed to notices of motion.