Legislative Council Standing Orders - Chapter 1

CHAPTER 1 - OPENING OF PARLIAMENT AND ADDRESS IN REPLY

 

1.01    Opening of a new Parliament

On the first day of the meeting of a new Parliament the proceedings will be -

(1)    Members meet at the appointed time and place.

(2)    The Clerk reads the Proclamation convening Parliament.

(3)    The Usher of the Black Rod will then introduce to the Council Chamber a Commissioner from the Governor appointed to open Parliament.

(4)    The Clerk reads the Commission appointing the Commissioner to open Parliament

(5)    The Commissioner will then inform Members that the Governor will at a future time outline the reasons for calling Parliament together, and request Members to proceed to the election of their President.

(6)    The Clerk will read the Commission for swearing Members, issued by the Governor to the Commissioner.

(7)    After the Commission has been read the Clerk will read the returns to the Writ for the election of Members to the Council.

(8)    Members elected pursuant to such Writ will then be sworn or affirmed as prescribed by the Constitution Act 1975.

(9)    The Commissioner will then retire from the Council Chamber.

(10)  The Council proceeds to the election of a President, following which the President takes the Chair and reads the Lord's Prayer.

(11)  The Council then elects a Deputy President.

(12)  The President informs the Council of the time that the President will present himself or herself to the Governor.

(13)  The sitting will then be suspended.

 

1.02    Governor's arrival

When the Council meets after the suspension of the sitting the President will take the Chair and the Council awaits the arrival of the Governor.

 

1.03    Governor announced by Usher

When the Governor has arrived at the Council Chamber, the Usher of the Black Rod will announce his or her arrival and conduct him or her to the Chair, the President leaving the Chair and taking one to the right.

 

1.04    Assembly summoned

The Governor will direct the Usher of the Black Rod to require the immediate attendance of the Assembly in the Council Chamber. Seats will be provided within the body of the Council Chamber for the Speaker and such other Members of the Assembly as determined by the President.  Accommodation will be provided for other Members of the Assembly in the lower side galleries of the Chamber.

  

1.05    Governor’s Speech

When the Speaker and Members of the Assembly have come to the Council Chamber, the Governor will outline the reasons for calling the Parliament together.

 

1.06    Copy of Speech to President and Speaker

At the conclusion of the Governor's Speech the President and the Speaker will each be handed a copy by the Governor's Secretary and the Governor will withdraw from the Council Chamber.

 

1.07    Opening of a new Session

On the first day of the meeting of a new Session not following a dissolution -

(1)    Members meet at the appointed time and place.

(2)    The Clerk reads the Proclamation convening Parliament.

(3)    The Council awaits the arrival of the Governor.

(4)    Standing Orders 1.03 to 1.06 apply in relation to the arrival of the Governor, the summoning of the Assembly to the Council Chamber and the Governor's Opening Speech.

(5)    The President will then take the Chair and read the Lord's Prayer.

 

1.08    Suspension of sitting

The sitting will then be suspended for an appropriate time.

 

1.09     Business after the suspension of the sitting

When the Council meets after the suspension of the sitting the following business will be conducted:

(1)    Questions.

(2)    Formal business to re-assert and maintain the rights of the Council.

(3)    The President reports the Speech of the Governor to the Council.

(4)    A motion for the Address in Reply to the Governor's Speech pursuant to Standing Order 1.10.

(5)    Any other business.

 

1.10    Address in Reply to Governor's Speech

(1)    When the Speech of the Governor has been reported by the President, a motion for an Address in Reply to the Speech will then be made and seconded. The Council will resolve to agree to the Address with or without amendment.

(2)    Unless otherwise ordered, the debate on the Address in Reply will take precedence over all other business except questions, formal business, Special Business, and urgent Bills.

(3)    At the conclusion of debate on the motion for an Address in Reply to the Speech of the Governor, a motion will then be made that the Address be presented to the Governor by the President and such Members who may wish to accompany him or her.

(4)    The President will report to the Council the Governor's reply to their Address.