Reg 9 General meetings


College Arms

Australian and New Zealand
College of Anaesthetists
ABN  82 055 042 852


Note: Dates in italics flag the dates of recent changes to the regulation, e.g., 10/04 indicates a change made to the following paragraph in October 2004.


  • 9.1 General Meetings of the College shall be held at such times and places as the Council may from time to time by resolution direct.
  • 9.2 The business of these Meetings shall be:
  • 9.2.1 Scientific discussions and practical demonstrations

  • 9.2.2 Discussions by Fellows of the College on matters concerning the welfare of the College.
  • 9.3 Standing Orders at General meetings.
  • 9.3.1 When a motion has been duly proposed and seconded, the Chair shall at once take the votes thereon unless a Fellow proceeds to discuss the matter or to propose an amendment.
  • 9.3.2 All motions shall be:
    1. duly proposed and seconded
    2. of an affirmative character
    3. submitted in writing thirty days before the meeting
    4. withdrawn only by unanimous consent of the Meeting
  • 9.3.3 A motion may be resolved, adjourned or referred to the Council of the College.

No Fellow shall propose more than one amendment to a motion.

  • 9.3.4 The proposer of a motion has the right of reply at the conclusion of the debate.
  • 9.3.5 No other Fellow shall speak more than once upon the same motion or amendment except:
    • In explanation or correction of some matter during  the debate when he
    2/97 or she shall have the right to explain a misunderstanding of language but shall be prohibited from further debate on the merits of the case.
    Upon a point of order raised during the debate.

    By permission of the Chair.
  • 9.3.6 Any Fellow rising  to a point of order shall state distinctly such point of order
  • 2/97 without debate and shall then resume his or her seat until the point of order is decided by the Chair.
  • 9.3.7 Any Fellow  speaking when  a point of order is  raised shall not continue his or
  • 2/97 her speech until the point of order is decided.
  • 9.3.8 Any motion approved or rejected cannot be moved again at the same meeting, but a notice of motion to vary the decision may be given.
  • 9.3.9 The Chair shall put all questions in a distinct and audible voice to the Meeting and declare whether or not the vote is carried.
  • 9.3.10 Motions shall be decided by a majority of votes with abstentions not being counted in the total number of votes, except where otherwise provided in these Regulations.  The Chair has a casting vote in addition to a deliberative vote where there is an equality of votes.



  • 9.3.11 A motion may be amended during the debate, provided the intent of the motion is preserved.
  • 9.3.12 Upon an amendment being carried, the motion as amended shall take the place of the original motion and may be further amended until a decision is reached.
  • 9.3.13 No Fellow may speak to any question after the Chair has risen to put the question except to a point of order.
  • 9.3.14 Any Fellow who has not already spoken shall have the right to move "that the question be now put".
  • 9.3.15 There shall be no debate on such motion
  • 9.3.16 Such a motion that the question be now put must be carried by a three-quarters majority of those present. The Chair shall have a deliberative and a casting vote.
  • 9.3.17 When a motion is carried "that the motion be now put", the mover of the original motion shall be allowed to reply.
  • 9.3.18 A motion to adjourn the Meeting or debate may be proposed and shall be put to the vote immediately. The motion requires a seconder.
  • 9.3.19 When "time" for the resumption of an adjourned debate is discussed, the discussion shall be confined to the question of time and duration of the debate.
  • 9.3.20 In all other cases the Chair shall have full jurisdiction.
  • 9.3.21 By permission of the Chair, any Fellow may propose a suspension of Standing Orders. This motion must be carried by a three-quarters majority of those present.
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