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Speakers' Rulings archive

Speakers’ rulings are an essential handbook of rulings made by Speakers and Chairpersons in the House of Representatives.  Significant rulings made since 1867 are published as Speakers’ Rulings.

The rulings guide debate and help the House and Select Committees conduct their business smoothly and efficiently, and in line with good process. The rulings explain how Standing Orders (Parliament’s rules) have been applied and interpreted, along with other important parliamentary precedents. Learn more about Standing Orders.