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The Procedure Committee evaluates and recommends improvements to the procedures of the Senate, as referred to it by the Senate or President of the Senate.

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Reports

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First report of the sixty–third session (1987–89): Publication of tabled papersParliamentary paper number 215/1987
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Second report of the sixty–third session (1987–89): Motions for suspension of standing orders – limitation of debate; Written questions to departments prior to the hearings of estimates committeesParliamentary paper number 215/1987
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Third report of the sixty–third session (1987–89): Disclosure of in camera evidence; Written questions to departments prior to the hearings of estimates committees; Broadcasting of committee hearingsParliamentary paper number 462/1989
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Fourth report of the sixty–third session (1987–89): Notices of motionParliamentary paper number 463/1989
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First report of 1990: Conditions governing television broadcasting of Senate proceedings; Procedure for presentation of committee reportsParliamentary paper number 436/1990
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Second report of 1990: Electronic voting; Disclosure of in camera evidence; Question time; Televising and personal explanations; Estimates committee reports; Video recordings of proceedings; Government documents presented to the Senate; Tabling of ministerial statements; Resolutions and orders of the SenateParliamentary paper number 435/1990
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First report of 1991: Powers of parliamentary secretariesParliamentary paper number 462/1991
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Second report of 1991: Presentation of committee reports; Estimates committees; Deputy–Chairmen of standing committees; Calling of senators in debate; Restoration of bills to the Notice Paper; Government responses to committee reportsParliamentary paper number 466/1991
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Discussion Paper: Estimates Committees and Appropriation BillsParliamentary paper number 103/1993
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First report of 1992: Estimates committees and appropriation bills; Consideration of government documents; Proceedings on urgent bills; Presentation of committee reports; Attendance of other senators at committee meetings; Titles of office–holdersParliamentary paper number 527/1992
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Second report of 1992: Consideration of government documents: proposed amendment of SO 61; Attendance of other senators at committee meetings: proposed amendment of SO 27Parliamentary paper number 542/1992
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Third report of 1992: Production of documents to the Senate by ministers and the Freedom of Information Act; Estimates and Appropriation Bills: scope of questioning and debate; Vacation of the office of the President; Unparliamentary language; Question timeParliamentary paper number 510/1992
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First report of 1993: Motions for suspension of Standing Orders—Rulings by Mr PresidentParliamentary paper number 158/1993
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Second report of 1993: Times of sitting and order of business; Extension of house monitoring systemParliamentary paper number 212/1993
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Third report of 1993: Presentation of petitions by leave; Substitute members on committees; Notice of matters to be raised at supplementary hearings of estimates committeesParliamentary paper number 450/1993
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First report of 1994: Senate committee systemParliamentary paper number 146/1994
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Second report of 1994: Presentation of documents and debate by leave; Questions time: relevance of answers; Inclusion of disallowed questions in Hansard; Equally divided votesParliamentary paper number 223/1994
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First report of 1995: Motions to take note of answers: the call in debate; Committee matters; Estimates hearings: matters raised by the Environment; Recreation, Communications and the Arts Legislation Committee; Disclosure of minority reports to other members of a committee; Review of sitting times and routine of businessParliamentary paper number 171/1995
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Second report of 1995: Allocation of questions at question time; Electronic meetings of committees; Committees: quorums and participating membersParliamentary paper number 284/1995
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Third report of 1995: Reference of petitions to committees; Publication of the Notice Paper; Review of new sitting times and routine of business adopted in February 1994Parliamentary paper number 477/1995
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First report of 1996: Section 53 of the Constitution; Incorporation into the standing orders of continuing and sessional ordersParliamentary paper number 194/1996
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First report of 1997: Conduct of estimates hearings; Points of order during divisions; Presentation of petitionsParliamentary paper number 22/1997
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Second report of 1997: Proposed amendment of standing order 26 to allow estimates hearings in camera; Declaration of interests; Treatment of Ombudsman’s reports; Consideration of government documents on Thursdays; Formal motions; PrayerParliamentary paper number 460/1997
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First report of 1998: Presentation of documents by the President; Adjournment debate on Mondays; Membership of references committeesParliamentary paper number 176/1998
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First report of 1999: Use of unpublished documents in dissenting reports; Appearance of private witnesses with departmental officers; Notices of motion, postponements and formal motions; DivisionsParliamentary paper number 57/1999
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Second report of 1999: Use of motions to take note of answers; Putting of non–government amendments under a limitation of time; Reports on unproclaimed legislation; Estimates hearings: Matters raised by the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee; Registration of senators’ interestsParliamentary paper number 360/1999
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First report of 2000: Consideration of Auditor–General’s reportsParliamentary paper number 72/2000
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Second report of 2000: Estimates hearings: Supplementary hearings on additional estimates and parliamentary secretariesParliamentary paper number 440/2000
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First report of 2002: Adjournment debate; Unanswered questions on noticeParliamentary paper number 300/2002
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Second report of 2002: Chairs and quorums in committees; Adjournment debate on TuesdaysParliamentary paper number 579/2002
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First report of 2003: Time of meeting on Tuesday; Senators breastfeeding infants; Deadline for receipt of bills; Presentation of the budget; Committee meetings during adjournment debate; Formal Motions (presented out of session on 17 March 2003)Parliamentary paper number 102/2003
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Second report of 2003: Publication of questions on notice and answers: protection by parliamentary privilegeParliamentary paper number 176/2003
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Third report of 2003: Joint meetings to receive addresses by foreign heads of state; Reference of Tax Expenditures Statement to estimates hearingsParliamentary paper number 436/2003
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First report of 2004: Divisions on Thursdays; Consideration of government documents; Formal motionsParliamentary paper number 82/2004
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Storage of Senate documents; Unauthorised disclosure of committee proceedings: First report of 2005 (presented out of session on 20 September 2005)Parliamentary paper number 225/2005
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Declaration of interests: registration of senators' share tradings; Unanswered questions and orders for documents: proposed amendments of SOs; Repeated motions for suspension of SOs: ruling of the President of 14.9.05 Second report (presented 28.10.2005)Parliamentary paper number 280/2005
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Restructuring the committee system: First report of 2006Parliamentary paper number 149/2006
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Restructuring question time; Reference of bills to committees; Questions to chairs of committees; Deputy chairs of committees; Leave to make statements: First report of 2008Parliamentary paper number 334/2008
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Questions to chairs of committees and other senators: Second report of 2008Parliamentary paper number 353/2008
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Restructuring question time: Third report of 2008Parliamentary paper number 500/2008
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Restructuring question time; Legislative and general purpose standing committees; Temporary orders: First report of 2009Parliamentary paper number 35/2009
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Second report of 2009: The Senate Committee System (presented out of session on 16 April 2009)Parliamentary paper number 62/2009
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Committee proceedings and public interest immunity claims: order of the Senate of 13 May 2009 Senators caring for an infant: standing order 175: Third report of 2009Parliamentary paper number 168/2009
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Fourth report of 2009Parliamentary paper number 320/2009
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First report of 2010: Private senators' bills— consideration, Bills relying on delegated legislation and Arrangements for the opening of Parliament (presented out of session on 13 April 2010)Parliamentary paper number 81/2010
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Second report of 2010: Arrangements for the opening of Parliament and Rules for questions under standing order 73Parliamentary paper number 131/2010
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Third report of 2010: Question time - temporary order; Correction of divisions after misadventure; Procedure for consideration of private senators' billsParliamentary paper number 203/2010
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Fourth report of 2010: Consideration of Private Senators' BillsParliamentary paper number 305/2010
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First report of 2011: Question time - temporary orderParliamentary paper number 59/2011
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Second report of 2011: Operation of standing order 55(2) to (5); Consideration of private senators' bills; Procedures for dealing with formal motions; Use of general business time on Thursdays; Consideration of government documentsParliamentary paper number 158/2011
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First report of 2012: Consideration of private senators' bills; Routine of business; Consideration of non-controversial legislation; Raising matters of privilege; Changes to the printed Notice Paper and related mattersParliamentary paper number 144/2012
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First report of 2013: Electronic petitions; Routine of businessParliamentary paper number 43/2013
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Second report of 2013: Parliamentary privilege: republication of Hansard extracts; Speaking time in the open-ended adjournment debate; Removal of gender-specific language in standing orders; Routine of businessParliamentary paper number 474/2013
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First report of 2014: Temporary orders; Matters referred by the Scrutiny of Bills Committee; Question Time; Routine of businessParliamentary paper number 137/2014
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Second report of 2014: Routine of business - proposals for discussionParliamentary paper number 142/2014
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Third report of 2014: Routine of business - proposals for discussion; Photography in the Senate Chamber; Seating for members of the House of Representatives on the floor of the Senate Chamber (presented out of session on 9 September 2014)Parliamentary paper number 176/2014
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First report of 2015:Appropriations & Staffing C'tee;Cross-bench committee membership,chairing & order of speakers;Powers of Chair in relation to disorder;Language of matters raised under SO75;Changes to standing & other orders relating to estimates h'ngsParliamentary paper number 73/2015
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Second report of 2015: Temporary orders relating to the routine of business and consideration of private senators' bills; Third party arbitration of public interest immunity claimsParliamentary paper number 188/2015
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Third report of 2015: Ministerial statements; Publications CommitteeParliamentary paper number 435/2015
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First report of 2016: Photography in the chamber; Ministerial statements; Caring for infantsParliamentary paper number 261/2016
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First report 2017:Hours of meeting&routine of business;Tracking PII claims;Absence of senator during a vote due to misadventure;Mode of dress for senators&possible’time out’rule;Parliamentary Code for respecting cultural diversity&proposal to amend SO193Parliamentary paper number 566/2017
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First report of 2018: Hours of meeting and routine of businessParliamentary paper number 210/2018
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Progress report: Proposal to replace the parliamentary prayer with an invitation to prayer or reflection (presented out of session on 7 September 2018)Parliamentary paper number 289/2018
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Second report of 2018: Proposal to replace the parliamentary prayerParliamentary paper number 289/2018
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Third report of 2018: Disorder outside formal proceedingsParliamentary paper number 292/2018
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Fourth report of 2018: Suspension motions and formal businessParliamentary paper number 563/2018
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First report of 2019: Parliamentary Code of Conduct; Formal business; Closing the Gap statement; Indigenous Australian languagesParliamentary paper number 157/2019
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Second report of 2019: Closing the Gap statement; Indigenous Australian languagesParliamentary paper number 383/2019
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Third report of 2019: Routine of businessParliamentary paper number 521/2019
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First report of 2020: Routine of business; Remote participation in Senate proceedings (presented out of session on 21 August 2020)Parliamentary paper number 179/2020
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Second report of 2020: COVID-19 and the SenateParliamentary paper number 248/2020
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First report of 2021: Remote participation in Senate proceedingsParliamentary paper number 123/2021
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Second report of 2021: Temporary orders on notices and formal motionsParliamentary paper number 167/2021
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First report of 2022: Recording of pairs (presented out of session on 15 February 2022)Parliamentary paper number 35/2022
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