Appendix A: Time limits of speeches and debates​

 

Item of business and member speaking

Times for speeches or debates

GENERAL PROCEDURES

Debates not otherwise provided for

     Each member 

10 minutes

Amendments

     Each member

Same as on the original motion

Committees of the whole House

     On questions not otherwise provided for—

     Minister or member in charge of
     business

Multiple speeches of 5 minutes each, but normally not more than 2 consecutive speeches

     Other members

Not more than 4 speeches of 5 minutes each

LEGISLATIVE PROCEDURES

First reading of Government bills

     Each member

10 minutes

     Whole debate

12 speeches

First reading of Members’ bills, private bills, and local bills

     First two members speaking

10 minutes

     Other members

5 minutes

     Member in charge of bill in reply

5 minutes

     Whole debate (including reply)

11 speeches

Second reading of bills

      Each member

10 minutes

     Whole debate

12 speeches

Committee of the whole House

     Each Part or provision—

     Minister or member in charge of bill  

Multiple speeches of 5 minutes each, but normally not more than 2 consecutive speeches

     Other members

Not more than 4 speeches of 5 minutes each

Third reading of bills

     Each member

10 minutes

     Whole debate

12 speeches

FINANCIAL PROCEDURES

Imprest Supply Bill

     On second reading—

     Each member

10 minutes

     Whole debate

2 hours

Debates on Budget policy statement debate, statement on long-term fiscal position, and investment statement

     Each member

10 minutes

     Whole debate

12 speeches

Budget debate (second reading of main Appropriation Bill)

     Minister in charge of bill, on first              speaking

Unlimited

     Specified party leaders

20 minutes each

     Other members

10 minutes each

     Minister in reply

10 minutes

     Whole debate (excluding delivery of
     the Budget statement)     

15 hours

Estimates debate (committee of the whole House stage of main Appropriation Bill)

     Minister in charge of the Vote

Multiple speeches of 5 minutes each, but normally not more than 2 consecutive speeches

     Other members speaking on each
     Vote

Not more than 2 speeches of 5 minutes each

     Whole debate

11 hours

Third reading of main Appropriation Bill (including with second reading of Imprest Supply Bill)

     Each member

10 minutes

     Whole debate

3 hours

Appropriation (Supplementary Estimates) Bill (including with second reading of Imprest Supply Bill)

     On second reading—

     Each member

10 minutes

     Whole debate

2 hours

Annual review debate (committee of the whole House stage of Appropriation (Confirmation and Validation) Bill)

     Minister in charge of the annual
     financial statements of the
     Government for the previous financial
     year, or Minister responsible for
     department or Office of Parliament

Multiple speeches of 5 minutes each, but normally not more than 2 consecutive speeches

     Other members speaking on each            annual review

Not more than 2 speeches of 5 minutes each

     Whole debate

4 hours

Consideration of annual reviews of Crown entities, public organisations, and State enterprises

     Minister responsible for Crown entity,
     public organisation, or State
     enterprise

Multiple speeches of 5 minutes each, but normally not more than 2 consecutive speeches

     Other members speaking on each
     annual review

Not more than 2 speeches of 5 minutes each

     Whole debate

3 hours

NON-LEGISLATIVE PROCEDURES

Address in Reply

     Specified party leaders

30 minutes each

     Members making maiden speeches

15 minutes each

     Other members

10 minutes each

     Whole debate

19 hours

Debate on Prime Minister’s statement

     Prime Minister and specified party
     leaders

20 minutes each

     Other members

10 minutes each

     Whole debate

13 hours

Ministerial statement and comment on it

     Minister making statement and
     specified party leaders

5 minutes each

     Minister in reply

2 minutes

Maiden statement

     Member making maiden statement

15 minutes

Valedictory statement

     Member making valedictory
     statement

15 minutes, subject to the discretion of the Speaker taking into account the length of service of the member

Debate on motion to take note of matter of urgent public importance

     Mover and next speaker

15 minutes each

     Subsequent six members

10 minutes each

General debate each Wednesday

     Each member

5 minutes each

     Whole debate

12 speeches

NOTE:

     The term specified party leader means a member who is the leader of a party
     represented in the House by six or more members (inclusive of the leader) or a
     member authorised by that leader.