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9.3 Separate votes

A separate vote may be taken on a part

of a motion or amendment:

a) On the direction of the Committee.

b) At the discretion of the chair.

c) As a result of a procedural motion

under Standing Order 11.4 below.

10 Points of order

10.1 Making a point of order

Any voting member may rise on a

point of order which shall be taken

immediately except that, during a vote,

no point of order shall be taken that

does not refer to the conduct of the vote.

The chair's decision on all points of order

shall be final.

11 Procedural motions

11.1 Next business

a) A voting member may, during any full

conference session, submit, in writing,

a request that conference move to

next business, giving the reasons to do

so. The submission shall not exceed

75 words.

b) The chair may either take the request

immediately upon receipt, or at the

end of any speech currently being

made. If more than one request is

received the chair shall decide which

to take. No more than one request

may be taken in respect to any motion

or report.

c) When the request is to be taken, the

chair shall read the statement of

reasons and ask conference whether

it wishes to consider the request to

move to next business. If conference

decides, by a simple majority of those

voting, to do so, the person who made

the request may speak. The chair may

allow other speakers. All speeches

under this standing order shall be

limited to two minutes. If conference

decides not to debate the proposal, it

falls.

d) The proposal shall require a two-thirds

majority of those voting being to be

passed. If it is carried the current

agenda item shall be abandoned

without any further debate or

vote and, at the discretion of the

chair, either the next agenda item

shall be taken or there shall be an

adjournment until the time at which

the next agenda item was due to be

taken.

11.2 Reference back (moved by a

voting member)

a) A voting member, who has not already

spoken in the debate, may, at any time

before the chair has asked the first

speaker in reply to stand by, submit,

in writing, a request to refer back the

motion under debate. The submission

shall state to whom the motion is

to be referred and shall include a

statement of the reasons, including

reasons why voting against the motion

would not achieve a similar result, not

exceeding 75 words.

b) The chair may take the request to

refer back at whatever stage of the

debate they consider appropriate. If

more than one request is received, the

chair shall decide which to take. No

more than one request may be taken

with respect to any motion.

c) When the request is to be taken, the

chair shall read the statement of

reasons and ask conference whether

it wishes to consider the request

to refer. If conference decides, by a

simple majority of those voting, to do

so, the person who made the request

may speak and the mover of the

substantive motion, or their nominee,

may reply. The chair may allow other

speakers. All speeches under this

standing order shall be limited to two

minutes. If conference decides not to

debate the reference back, it falls.

d) The reference back shall require a

simple majority of those voting to

Standing orders

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