Filibuster

A word used to describe the practice of talking for a long time to delay voting on a bill in parliament.

Sometimes referred to as 'talking out' a Bill, this tactic is employed to prevent the passage of a Bill through Parliament so that it cannot become law.

 

The delaying tactics include tabling a number of amendments and making repetitive and unnecessarily long speeches. By taking up too much of Parliament's time with irrelevant speeches there will not be sufficient time to vote on the Bill and it will fail to complete its passage through the House and will not succeed in becoming law.

 

The Speaker is able to warn members to keep to the point and can request a member to stop speaking.

 

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