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    Fact Sheet A1: A Typical Sitting Day in the Assembly (pdf, 198 KB)

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    Tuesday, 02 April 2013

    Abstract: A sitting day in the Legislative Assembly involves debates on a wide range of issues. Different rules apply to each type of debate, including time limits for speeches. The Assembly also deals with administrative matters such as tabling of documents and pe...

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    Fact Sheet A2: Terminology used in Parliament (pdf, 62 KB)

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    Thursday, 24 January 2013

    Abstract: Parliamentary terminology can be complicated, with terms unique to Parliament, and some common words given different meanings. This fact sheet defines and explains some common parliamentary terms.

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    Fact Sheet A3: Finding Information about Parliament (pdf, 104 KB)

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    Tuesday, 02 April 2013

    Abstract: This fact sheet will help you find the information you want about Victoria's Legislative Assembly and Parliament. We show you when to visit www.parliament.vic.gov.au or contact the Assembly Procedure Office.

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    Fact Sheet A4: Government Business Program (pdf, 42 KB)

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    Tuesday, 02 April 2013

    Abstract: The Legislative Assembly normally sets a government business program each sitting week. The program lists bills and motions which the Assembly must complete that week, usually by 4.00 pm Thursday. Members cannot debate programmed items after that time. In...

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    Fact Sheet B1: Types of Debate (pdf, 37 KB)

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    Tuesday, 02 April 2013

    Abstract: Members speak in various debates in the Legislative Assembly. Different rules and time limits apply for each type of debate. Debates allow members to cover a wide range of issues important to them and their constituents. Most debates are on government bil...

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    Fact Sheet B2: Question Time (pdf, 41 KB)

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    Tuesday, 02 April 2013

    Abstract: Question time is often seen as the highlight of a sitting day in Parliament. It can be one of the few occasions when all members are in the Chamber at the same time. The media and general public show great interest, with all galleries usually full, and ot...

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    Fact Sheet B3: Matters of Public Importance (pdf, 32 KB)

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    Tuesday, 02 April 2013

    Abstract: In the Legislative Assembly, members discuss issues affecting our day-to-day lives in various ways. Matters of Public Importance (MPIs) are topics members propose for discussion, with the choice alternating between political parties. MPIs cover current is...

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    Fact Sheet B4: Personal Explanations (pdf, 36 KB)

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    Tuesday, 02 April 2013

    Abstract: In some situations, a member can make a statement in the Chamber about an issue affecting them personally. This usually happens when someone questions the member's integrity, or the member wants to correct something they said earlier. A member must get th...

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    Fact Sheet B5: Adjournment Debate (pdf, 31 KB)

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    Tuesday, 02 April 2013

    Abstract: Each sitting day ends with the Legislative Assembly adjourning. As part of the adjournment process, members raise matters with ministers in the ‘adjournment debate'. Topics are wide ranging, but members must request ministers take action in areas of gov...

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    Fact Sheet C1: How a Bill becomes Law (pdf, 41 KB)

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    Tuesday, 02 April 2013

    Abstract: Bills are proposed laws which Parliament considers. A bill is usually introduced into the Legislative Assembly first. Members debate the bill and vote whether to pass it. Legislative Council members then debate the bill. Bills move through multiple stages...

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