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The Speaker’s chair and mace in the debating chamber.

The Speaker’s chair and the mace, which is a symbol of the Speaker’s authority. Photo: Todd Crawford.

9 March 2012
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New edition of Speakers’ Rulings

A new edition of Speaker’s Rulings is now available. These provide immediate access to previous rulings of Speakers and other presiding officers. These important precedents show how the Standing Orders have been applied and interpreted over the years.

The rulings have been comprehensively reviewed since they were last published in 2008, with the current edition taking into account changes to the Standing Orders made last year. There are 106 new entries from the 49th Parliament, including statements of principle made in the report of the Standing Orders Committee on its Review of Standing Orders (see related documents). New entries cover such diverse matters as order in the House, proposed amendments to legislation, tabling documents by leave, questions for oral answer, and the requirements for members when taking the oath or affirmation of allegiance.

The first collection of Speakers’ rulings in New Zealand was made in 1888, although it was not until more recent times that Speakers’ Rulings became widely available as a publication.

You can access Speakers’ Rulings on this website.