Thomas Vien (Speaker of the Senate)
There is no appeal. Under standing order 31 I have already decided in this session, as well as in previous sessions, and my decision is confirmed by most of the Speakers who have had the question before them, that this is not a point of order which the Speaker has to decide. It is a matter for the judgment of the Speaker as to whether there is that degree of urgency which would justify him in putting the motion. I have already dealt with that. As a matter of fact, in order that this point may be made absolutely clear, although I think it has been made clear by the decisions which have been given by Speakers in former parliaments and by myself in this parliament, to remove all doubt the special committee on the revision of the rules has brought in a recommendation dealing with that very point. In the meantime there can be no appeal. It is not a point of order, but a question which lies absolutely within the discretion of the Speaker to decide.