Most Bills go through the same stages in both Houses. Bills can also start in either House, but traditionally bills are tabled in the House of Assembly. Once a bill has passed through one House, the bill will then be signed by the Speaker and sent to the Senate. The bill will then go through the same stages as listed below. After the bill has been approved in both Houses, it will go to the Premier and then to the Attorney General Chambers for review and then finally sent on to the Governor where it will be signed and then assent.
The Reading Process of a Bill First Reading - Formal Presentation
Second Reading – House Debate on General Principle
Committee – Detailed examination of clauses and proposed amendments
Report – Consideration of Committee amendments and the opportunity to implement any additional changes
Third Reading – Final Debate on Bill as a whole
Did You Know?
A Bill is made up of clauses which are divided into subsections,which may be divided into paragraphs and subparagraphs. Schedules also make up a bill, which may be attached at the end of a bill and are divided into paragraphs, which may be divided into subparagraphs. Each clause usually deals with a separate idea or part of a law.