Legislative Council Standing Orders - Chapter 22

CHAPTER 22 - STRANGERS

 

22.01  Strangers

(1)    The President may direct the Usher of the Black Rod to take into custody any stranger who -

        (a)    is in any part of the Chamber reserved for the Members of the Council;

        (b)    having been admitted to any part of the Chamber or gallery, misconducts himself or herself or does not withdraw when strangers are directed to withdraw;

        (c)     wilfully interrupts the business of the Council;

        (d)    obstructs the approaches to the Chamber; or

        (e)    creates a disturbance within the precincts of the Chamber.

(2)    Persons taken into custody under this Standing Order will not be released without the authority of the President.

 

22.02  Strangers not admitted within the Bar

No strangers will, without leave of the Council, be admitted to the floor of the Council Chamber within the Bar while the Council is sitting.

 

22.03  Admission of strangers

The President only will have the privilege of admitting strangers to the body of the Council Chamber; but every Member will have the privilege of admitting strangers to the gallery of the Council Chamber.

 

22.04  Withdrawal of strangers

(1)    During any sitting the President may order strangers to withdraw from any part of the Council.

(2)    A Member may move at any time "That strangers be ordered to withdraw". Such motion must be put immediately without amendment or debate.

 

22.05  Contempt by strangers

(1)    Any person who disobeys an Order of the Council or wilfully interrupts the sitting of the Council may be declared guilty of contempt by the Council.

(2)     The President will direct the Usher of the Black Rod to take into custody any person declared guilty of contempt. 

 

22.06  Admission of Assembly Members

Members of the Assembly may only be admitted to the Council Chamber by order of the President..

 

22.07  Seat for Speaker within the Chamber

Accommodation may be provided for the Speaker of the Assembly within the body of the Council Chamber.