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Legislative Assembly—online parliament portal for questions on notice

MS BURCH (Brindabella) (11.30): I move:

That, from 1 January 2023, standing orders be amended as follows:

(1) Standing Order 113(a)

Omit all words after “with the Clerk,”, substitute “through the Parliament Portal, by 12 noon of a sitting day.”.

(2) Standing Order 120

Omit all words after “shall be given”, substitute “through the Parliament Portal within such time as, in the opinion of the Speaker, will enable the question to be published. The question shall be authorised by the Member.”.

(3) Standing Order 254D(a)

After “the Committee”, insert “, through the questions module on the Parliament Portal,”.

Members, this is a fairly straightforward change to standing orders. It is time critical, with the introduction for the portal for submitting questions on notice, or QoNs, coming into effect from 1 January next year. There are consequential amendments to standing order 113(a), standing order 120 and standing order 254D(a) as a consequence of moving to the online portal.

These changes cannot wait to the overall review of standing orders, as I said, because it is time critical. It will accommodate changes to the way QoNs are submitted. The portal has been a request from many an MLA, and the OLA has been working on this for some time. I want to tip my hat to those in the OLA that have worked on the development of this.

It will be a great improvement to the way QoNs are submitted and provides more easy access to QoNs over time, so you do not have to keep on asking the same QoN. It is my understanding that OLA will provide an information session on the new portal in the near future. I commend the motion to members.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Standing orders—suspension

Motion (by Mr Cain) agreed to, with the concurrence of an absolute majority:

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent Notice No 3, Assembly business, being called on and debated forthwith.

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