Chamber Interventions

Chamber interventions include speeches, statements given in the Senate Chamber as well as questions asked to other Senators.

Speeches are generally no longer than 15 minutes and must be relevant to the current item of business being debated, often a bill, a motion or an inquiry.

Statements are no longer than three minutes, raise matters that a senator believes should be brought to the immediate attention of the Senate, and should be related to matters of public interest absent in the orders of the day.

Questions are addressed to the government representative in the Senate, a Senator who is a minister, or a committee chair.

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