23 Introduction of new members


A member elected in a by-election or supplemental election is escorted to the table by two members, or the Serjeant-at-Arms, and sworn in by the Speaker.

24 Front benches



The front bench to the right of the Chair is reserved for ministers, and the front bench to the left is occupied by shadow ministers and the leader and deputy leader of the third party.



A member may speak from the table during debate if he or she is:




a former minister; or




handling the bill, or other matters, being debated on behalf of a party.

25 Allocation of seats


Any question regarding the seats to be occupied by members must be decided by the Speaker.

26 Notification of absence


No member will be absent for more than nine consecutive sitting days of any session without the Speaker being advised of the reason for his or her absence. Any member who wilfully infringes this Standing Order may be guilty of contempt.

27 Members list


At the start of each Parliament, each member must give his or her name and address to the Serjeant-at-Arms. If any changes to those details occur from time to time, a member must notify the Serjeant-at-Arms.