QUESTION: Standing Orders Committee

In Question Time, Mark asked the President of the Legislative Council in his capacity as Chair of the Standing Orders Committee whether he would convene a meeting of the Standing Orders Committee given that standing orders have not been revised for 21 years. 


The Hon. M.C. PARNELL: My question is to you, Mr President, in your capacity as Chair of the Standing Orders Committee. Apologies for not giving advance notice, which I understand is the protocol in relation to questions of the President, a protocol that may have fallen by the wayside this week.

My question is: given that the standing orders have not been revised for 21 years, and given the current public interest in parliamentary practices and procedures, will you be able to convene a meeting of the Standing Orders Committee in the near future?

The PRESIDENT: I thank the honourable member for his question. I think it is a sterling idea and I will commit to work with the Clerk to ensure that it happens.