All about Parliament (Standing, Sitting, Speaking and Listening)

Every member of parliament has a seat. But before they can take their seat in parliament they need to stand at an election. But at an election many people can stand for the one seat but only one can sit until the next election when more people can stand for the seat. Now the sitting member can stand again while they remain sitting but if another person wins the election, the sitting member is unseated and cannot sit again until they stand at another election and then unseat the sitting member themselves.

In the parliament, all members sit on benches. There are government benches, opposition benches and cross benches. The members on the cross benches are cross that they are not allowed to sit on the government benches or the opposition benches. The government and the opposition have a front bench and a number of back benches. The cross benches only have back benches, which begs the question of why the first cross bench is not a front bench – it just isn’t – it is merely the first cross bench back bench with no front bench in front of it.

The Parliament also has a Speaker whose job is to listen to the sitting members when they stand to say something. So the Speaker should in fact be called a Listener because he listens to what sitting members are saying when they are standing. Furthermore some sitting members try to speak over sitting members who are standing because they wish to speak. The Speaker must listen to the sitting member who is interrupting the standing sitting member to determine if the interrupting sitting member has a point of order. If not, the Speaker tells the sitting member to stop speaking because the sitting member who is standing has the floor.

After some time of sitting (called a session), Parliament rises for a recess – like little lunch at school, only longer. So the members leave their seat in Parliament House and go back to the seat that they won when they stood for the seat at election time. Then they talk to some of the people that helped them stand in their seat and who voted for them when they stood so they could sit so that when they return to the Parliament to sit in the next session they will be able to ask the Speaker if they can stand so they can speak while the other members listen to the ideas of the people in the sitting standing speaking member’s seat.

After three years of sessions, recesses and multiple standing of sitting members to speak to the Speaker and other members that listen – then there is another election. And all the sitting members stay in their seat. while they stand against all the other people who want to sit in their seat after the election – unless of course the sitting member is sick of all this sitting, standing, speaking and listening and decides to retire!

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One Response to “All about Parliament (Standing, Sitting, Speaking and Listening)”

  1. Sandy Says:

    Very clever & thought it was hilarious!

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