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    4.5 Presentation and first reading

    The Leader of the House coordinates the legislative program brought before the Legislative Assembly. The specific timing of a Bill’s presentation is arranged by the Leader of the House in liaison with other Ministers in charge of legislation and with the Clerk of the Parliament.

    A Bill is introduced by the sponsoring Minister or member—

    • informing the Parliament of their intention to introduce a Bill and reading the long title of the Bill; and
    • immediately tabling a copy of the Bill and any explanatory notes; and
    • nominating which portfolio or other committee will consider the Bill; and
    • delivering an explanatory speech.

    Generally, the explanatory speech summarises the main provisions of the Bill but avoids detailed exposition of clauses (unless the Bill is very short). This speech is similar in nature to the speech formerly known as the second reading speech. After introducing the Bill, the Minister or member moves “That the Bill be now read a first time” and the question is put without amendment or debate.

    A Bill is referred to a portfolio committee unless—

    • the Bill is declared to be an urgent Bill (so that it may be expedited through all stages); or
    • the Bill is an annual appropriation Bill; or
    • the House orders.
    The Standing Rules and Orders of the Legislative Assembly, chapter 22 and The Queensland Parliamentary Procedures Handbook contain important detail about the general procedure for the introduction of a Bill.

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    Last updated:
    18 May, 2016
    Last reviewed:
    13 November, 2013