4 AGENDA AUTUMN CONFERENCE 2018
Eligibility to speak and vote
All party members are entitled to
speak and vote in conference
debates, providing they are:
l attending conference as a party
member (and not eg an
exhibitor or observer); and
l not registered as a day visitor.
Party members fulfilling these
criteria are known as 'voting
Federal Conference Committee
may also give permission for other
persons to speak (but not vote) in
Length of speeches
The length of speeches is shown
against each motion in the Agenda.
There are three lights on the
speaker's rostrum and visible
either side of the stage. The green
light is switched on at the
beginning of the speech. The
amber light is switched on 60
seconds before the end of the
allowed time (20 seconds before
the end of an intervention). The
red light is switched on when all
the time is used up, and the
speaker must stop immediately.
Applying to speak
To make a speech in a debate you
must complete a speaker's card,
collected from and returned to the
Speaking and voting in
Speakers' Table at the front of the
auditorium, an auditorium steward
or the Information Desk.
Completing a speaker's card
When completing a speaker's card,
1 Submit your card well in
advance. The chair and aide team
for the debate will meet well in
advance to plan the debate -
sometimes the previous day.
2 Fill in your card completely.
Complete the two sections on the
back of the card as well as the
front. These sections are needed
for the chair and aide to balance
the debate, so they can call people
with relevant experience and avoid
a string of people making the
3 Make sure it's readable!
Don't fill every square centimetre
of the card; don't write illegibly, in
very small letters, or in green ink …
The easier you make it for the
chair and aide to read the card the
more likely you will be called.
To speak during interventions,
voting members should complete
an intervention form, collected
from and returned to a steward in
the auditorium. Speakers will be
chosen by the chair of the session
by random ballot.
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