Thursday, 18 April 2024

Today in Parliament Legislative Council

Today in the Council

Prayer & Acknowledgement of Country
Proclamation to be read by the Clerk
Community members to address the Council
Messages
Formal business
Members’ statements
Government business
At 11.30 am Questions
Lunch break (90 minutes)
Government business (continues)
At 5.00 pm Adjournment

Progressive minutes will be published at approximately 11.30 am

Start of the sitting day

The President begins the day by reading the Lord's Prayer and making an Acknowledgement of Country. After this, the President reads any messages received from the Governor and the Legislative Assembly. 

Formal business

During formal business the Council deals with administrative issues. These include introducing bills, tabling petitions and reports and giving notices of motions (proposals) for later debate. 

Members' statements

Members make statements on any topic. 

This debate lasts for around 15 to 20 minutes. 

Government business

Debates on matters which ministers have introduced to Parliament. These can include bills (proposed laws) and motions (other proposals). 

Question time

Question time allows non-government members to ask questions, usually to ministers, about the Government's decisions and actions. These questions are called questions without notice, because ministers have not seen them beforehand. Question time happens every sitting day. 

If the minister’s answer is not responsive, the President may order the minister to provide a written answer.

Ministers may also make ministers’ statements during question time. 

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Constituency questions

Members ask questions which relate to their own electorate. Ministers respond later in writing. 

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Government business

Debates on matters which ministers have introduced to Parliament. These can include bills (proposed laws) and motions (other proposals). 

Adjournment debate

At the end of the sitting day, the President stops debate. Unless a minister decides or members vote to continue the sitting, the adjournment debate will begin. Members can raise matters with ministers.

The topics are wide ranging, but members must request ministers take action in areas of government responsibility. Ministers can respond after all matters have been raised or later, in writing.

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