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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 09 Hansard (Thursday, 26 August 2010) . . Page.. 4040 ..

Standing and temporary orders


MR RATTENBURY (Molonglo) (12.18): I move:

That the following standing orders be amended to take effect from the September 2010 sittings:

(1) Omit standing order 152A, substitute:

“152A After notifying the Member in charge, the Clerk shall remove from the Notice Paper any:

(a) private Members’ business order of the day, excluding bills; and

(b) Assembly business order of the day to take note of a paper or report:

which has not been called on for eight sitting weeks.”.

(2) Omit standing order 212A, substitute:

“212A Unless otherwise ordered, the following papers are authorised for publication when presented to the Assembly:

(a) papers presented by the Speaker;

(b) reports and discussion papers of standing and select committees of the Assembly;

(c) papers presented pursuant to standing orders or resolutions of the Assembly;

(d) papers presented pursuant to statute; and

(e) papers presented by Ministers during the period in the daily routine of business for presentation of papers.”.

This motion today seeks to make two amendments to the standing orders. The first is an amendment to standing order 152A, and this amendment is largely housekeeping in nature.

Currently, standing orders 125A and 152A provide for the removal from the notice paper of notices and private members’ business orders of the day, except bills, which have not been called on within eight sitting weeks. The change that is being proposed extends this to include simply business orders of the day relating to committee reports. Members who have looked closely at the notice paper will know that some of them that are currently in there have been on the notice paper for over a year. The essential purpose here is to keep the notice paper as current and as relevant as possible. I should note that the clock shall start from now, so that notices that are currently on the paper will have eight weeks from the passage of this amendment, if it is passed by the Assembly today.

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