Committee of the whole

An in-depth review process that occurs in the Legislative Council.

Each bill proceeds through several stages before being agreed to or rejected. Where members wish to propose amendments to the bill, these amendments will be considered in a stage known in the Legislative Council as committee of the whole.

In the Legislative Assembly the same stage is known as “consideration in detail”. The rules of debate during committee of the whole are more flexible, to allow all members to propose and discuss different options for changing the bill.