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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.

e) If the substantive motion is referred to

the Federal Board, the Federal Policy

Committee or the Federal Conference

Committee that body shall, in its

report to the next meeting of the

conference, state what action it has

taken on the reference.

11.3 Reference back (moved by the

Federal Policy Committee)

a) The Federal Policy Committee may, at

any time before the beginning of the

debate on a motion, submit, in writing,

a request to refer that motion to the

next meeting of the conference. The

chair shall announce the existence

of such a request at the start of the

debate.

b) The chair may take the request to

refer back at whatever stage of the

debate they consider appropriate.

A nominee of the Federal Policy

Committee will speak and the mover

of the substantive motion, or their

nominee, may reply. The chair shall

have discretion whether to allow other

speakers on the request.

c) The reference back shall require a

simple majority of those voting 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.

d) If passed, the Federal Policy

Committee shall, before the next

meeting of the conference, circulate its

reasons for acting under this section

and its comments on the motion and

any amendments thereto accepted for

debate.

11.4 Separate vote

A voting member of conference

may request that the chair take a

separate vote on a part of a motion

or amendment provided that such a

request is in writing and received by the

commencement of the first conference

session on the day before the debate is

scheduled. If the debate is scheduled for

the first day of conference, the request

must be received in writing by the same

deadline as that for emergency motions.

The Committee shall have complete

discretion whether to take a separate

vote. In exceptional circumstances, the

Chair of the debate shall have discretion

to accept a request for a separate vote if

it is received in writing after this deadline.

11.5 Counted vote

Any voting member may ask for a

counted vote, which shall be taken if the

request is supported by 50 members

rising in their places and showing their

voting cards.

11.6 Suspension of standing orders

a) A voting conference member may,

during any full conference session,

move a motion for the suspension

of standing orders. The mover shall

submit the motion together with a

written statement of its purpose, not

exceeding 75 words, to the chair, who

shall read them to the meeting. The

chair may either take the request

immediately upon receipt, or at the

end of the speech currently being

made.

b) No motion to suspend standing orders

may suspend any requirement of the

constitution, nor any part of these

standing orders which govern:

Standing orders

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