Published: 24 January 2012
Participation of members in general meetings depends on members knowing and understanding meeting procedures.
A member at a general meeting has a right to move a procedural motion. Procedural motions are about meeting procedures - how the meeting is conducted. In contrast, substantive motions are motions about the purpose of a meeting e.g. to consider and vote on a Complaints Policy and Rule changes. Following are some examples of procedural motions.
That the question be now put.
This procedural motion can be put at any time during a debate on a motion. You can interrupt a speaker who is speaking for or against a motion. If carried, it means the motion being debated has to be immediately voted on with the mover of the original motion being allowed to speak. There is no debate on this procedural motion.
That the question be not now put.
This procedural motion aims to prevent or delay until another meeting a decision on a motion that is being debated. If carried, then, debate on the substantive motion immediately ceases and there is no vote on the substantive motion. . If the procedural motion is lost, then, the substantive motion has to be immediately put to a vote. There can be debate on this procedural motion.
That the speaker no longer be heard.
This procedural motion can be moved when a member is addressing the meeting. If carried, the speaker may not speak again about the particular matter being considered by the meeting. This procedural motion can be debated.
That the chairperson's ruling be disagreed with,
This procedural motion can be moved immediately after a Chairperson has made a ruling. If carried, the Chairperson's ruling is reversed. This procedural motion can be debated and the Chairperson is entitled to explain the ruling.