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Parliamentary Practice in New Zealand

Parliamentary Practice in New Zealand is a comprehensive guides to the rules, practices and procedures of our Parliament.  It is available as webpages, as downloadable PDFs and in book format (McGee, David, Parliamentary Practice in New Zealand, 3rd ed., Dunmore Publishing Limited, Wellington, 2005).

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About this publication

Important information about this publication; title page and preface

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Contents

Table of Contents

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Preliminary

Primary Sources, Table of Statutes, Table of Regulations and Other Instruments, Table of Cases, Secondary Sources, Abbreviations, Internet Resources

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Chapter 1 The Parliament of New Zealand

Sovereign and the Governor-General; functions of the Parliament and the House of Representatives; development of the House of Representatives

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Chapter 2 Electoral

Electoral system; composition of the House; vacancies

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Chapter 3 Members' Conditions of Service

Role of Members; pecuniary interests; remuneration and services

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Chapter 4 Speaker of the House of Representatives

The Speaker’s duties and position; Deputy Speaker, Assistant Speakers and Temporary Speakers

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Chapter 5 Administration of the House

Clerk of the House of Representatives; Serjeant-at-Arms; reporting of Debates; broadcasting of proceedings; Parliamentary Service; Kaumatua

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Chapter 6 Officers of Parliament and Other Officers and Bodies Associated with Parliament

Officers of Parliament and the Officers of Parliament Committee; Controller and Auditor-General; Ombudsmen; Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment; other officers and bodies

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Chapter 7 Parties and Government

Parties; Government and Ministers; confidence votes; conscience issues

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Chapter 9 Summoning, Proroguing and Dissolving Parliament

Summoning of Parliament; sessions; prorogation; dissolution; and expiration; effect on business before the House

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Chapter 10 The Basis of Parliamentary Procedure

Statute; Standing Orders; Sessional Orders and orders of continuing effect; rulings of the Speaker; practice

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Chapter 11 The Chamber, Buildings and Grounds

Parliamentary precincts; the Chamber

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Chapter 12 The Opening of Parliament

First meeting of a new Parliament; swearing-in of Members; election and confirmation of Speaker; State Opening and Speech from the Throne; Address in Reply; maiden speeches

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Chapter 13 Sittings of the House

Sitting hours; suspension of a sitting; adjournment of the House; urgency; sitting programme

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Chapter 14 Business of the House

Prayers; Order Paper; general business; orders of the day; reinstatement; Business Committee

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Chapter 15 Motions

Notice of motion; moving of motion; question proposed

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Chapter 16 Debate

Time limits; number of speakers; obtaining the call; languages; contents of speeches; unparliamentary language; references to judges, and sub judice rule; interjections; interruption and adjournment of debate

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Chapter 17 Temination of Debate

Closure; lapse of debate; putting the Question; voting; proxies; party votes; resolution; rescission

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