Parliament

Parliament

WolvHaven’s legislative body

A place for the people of WolvHaven to make their voice heard.

Upcoming Scheduled Sessions

Latest News

Parliament site transformed

The revamped Parliament Website As part of the Web Transformation of Transformation 2020, we’re proud to announce the newly transformed Parliament website! The new website now contains all content within a single page with information reorganized to present a more user friendly experience. Let us know what you think! Check out the new Parliament Website

January 2019 General Elections

Important Dates Date & Time (All in UTC +-0)Event19 Jauary 1PMGeneral Election Debate24 January 4PMCooldown Period Begins25 January 4PMPolls Open27 January 4PMPolls Close Election Information Voting System: Mixed Member ProportionatePolling Period: 25-27 January 2019Cooldown Period: 24 January 2019 to Release of Results Unlike previous elections, there are no limits on campaigning periods. Hence, once registered, your party…

April 2018 General Elections

Please refer to the event below for more info: http://wolvhaven.net/event/general-elections-april-2018/

Hansard & Order Papers

2019

Quarter 2

  • Session 1 (13 April 2019) | Hansard

Quarter 1

  • Session 5 (30 March 2019) | Hansard
  • Session 4 (16 March 2019) | Hansard
  • Session 3 (2 March 2019) | Hansard
  • Session 2 (16 February 2019) | Hansard
  • Session 1 (2 February 2019) | Hansard

2018

Quarter 4

  • Session 4 (17 November 2018) | Hansard
  • Session 3 (3 November 2018) | Hansard
  • Session 2 (20 October 2018) | Hansard
  • Session 1 (6 October 2018) | Hansard

Quarter 3

  • Session 6 (22 September 2018) | Hansard
  • Session 5 (8 September 2018) | Hansard
  • Session 4 (24 August 2018) | Hansard
  • Session 3 (11 August 2018) | Hansard
  • Session 2 (28 July 2018) | Hansard
  • Session 1 (14 July 2018) | CANCELLED

Quarter 2

Quarter 1

2017

Quarter 4

Quarter 3

Quarter 2

2015

Committee Hansard Reports

Gardellian Committee

Tabled Documents

Green Papers

Upcoming Sessions

Proposing a bill

As long as you are a WolvHaven citizen, you may propose bills for changes you wish to see in WolvHaven.

  1. Create a new bill using Google Docs. Please use the bill template and reference the example bill given within the same document. Feel free to consult the public bills office for help or any questions if any. (Public bills office consists of: SilverWolv, Hinwapoon, GreenMC, _Ezzo)
  2. Once done, look for the next upcoming parliament session.
  3. Post your bill using the format stated in the parliament event page in the comments section using the format given in the event page itself

Please note that bills that call for the demotion, banning, issuing of warning(s), kicking, muting and removal of seat(s) of someone are non-binding. Meaning that no action will be taken if the bill passes.

Parliament etiquette

In order to ensure that everyone’s voice is heard, we ask for everyone to follow these parliament etiquette rules.

◼Speaking: In order to let your voice be heard, you will need to speak and debate in Parliament.

  1. Do not speak unless you are given the call. (Exception: Hear Hear)
  2. To request for a call jump repeatedly from your seat. The speaker will give priority to elected representatives seated in front. Otherwise, the speaker will choose whoever that catches his attention first.
  3. You are usually given 5 minutes to speak. However, the speaker may cut short the amount of time at his/her discretion.
  4. Indicate end of speeches using “fin.”
  5. Ask all questions in one call. Do not wait for a reply or answer from the person you are questioning. The call will be given to the person afterwards to reply to your question.
    1. When answering a question, one is not allowed to ask another question
  6. Do not speak directly to any member. For example:
    Correct: A’s previous comments about the issue, it shows that he does not understand the context of the situation.
    Incorrect: A, your comments previously show that you do not understand the context of the situation.
  7. Do not make unparliamentary remarks. Some examples include:
    1. Making false allegations
    2. Usage of disrespectful terms on another member
    3. Usage of vulgar language (Exception: Quoting another member)

◼Point of order: A point of order is a query as to whether correct procedure is being followed.

  1. A point of order may be called without the need for a call
  2. To make a point of order:
    1. Frontbench: Walk up to the despatch box and wait for the speaker to call you to present your point of order
    2. Backbench: Jump repeatedly and wait for the speaker to call you to present your point of order
  3. Examples include:
    1. Someone has made an unparliamentary remark and the speaker has not asked for the remark to be withdrawn
      My honourable friend, XXX has made several remarks which are untrue. I move that these remarks be withdrawn.
    2. Someone should be kicked out of the chamber
      I move that the member XXX has not only interrupted several calls, but has also defied the orders of the chair (speaker) and should be removed from the chamber.
    3. The speaker is not following procedures properly
      With due respect, Mr Speaker, I would like to raise a point that you have given the call only to backbenchers so far and have not been giving people on the front bench the call.

◼General Behavior: In order to ensure parliament runs smoothly, please observe these rules regarding behavior.

  1. Do not fly, jump around, throw/shoot projectiles, use weapons and/or potions of any kind
  2. Do not backseat moderate – it is the speaker’s job to maintain order in the chamber
  3. Use /msg or /m to communicate with other people on the server

◼Voting: Parliament decides on issues through a series of votes. These rules are to be observed when voting

  1. The speaker will ask a question. Enter Aye/No in chat to vote.
  2. When a division is called:
    1. Proceed to the respective voting lobbies (Aye/No) located at the left or right of the speaker’s chair
    2. Queue up in front of the desks located at the voting lobbies and press the button to vote
    3. Check to ensure your name appears on the scoreboard with a score of 1 (aye) or 0 (no)
    4. If your vote is logged, walk through the division lobby and back into the chamber through the exit doors.
  3. You are not allowed to vote before a vote is called
  4. You may choose to remain in or leave the lobby and chamber after your vote has been logged

◼Seating: Please note the seating arrangement of the parliament chamber.

  1. The front bench (1st row on either side) is reserved for elected MPs
  2. The backbenches (2nd-4th row on either side) is free seating.

◼Section 25: If you can’t behave properly, get out! We’ll manage without you!

  1. Section 25A gives the speaker the right to kick out any member in the chamber for the rest of the time allocated for a bill/motion/debate
  2. Section 25B gives the speaker the right to kick out any member in the chamber for a period ranging from the rest of the session to a few weeks. 25B should only be used if the member continues to misbehave after 25A has been ruled.
  3. Section 25C gives any member of staff the right to temporarily ban/mute/kick any member after 25B has been ruled.

About Parliament

The Parliament of WolvHaven is the legislative branch of WolvHaven. It consists of three elements: the President, the Senate and the House of Representatives. The parliament was established in 2012 and is one of the few functioning minecraft parliaments. The parliamentary system used here is modified and simplified so that it fits in with the operations of the server and caters to minecraft’s limitations.

The lower house – the House of Representatives is a democratically elected body whose members are known as Members Of Parliament (MP). 

The upper house – the Senate is a group of specially selected members based on their expertise by the President himself. The senate acts as a house of review and amends any legislation passed by the lower house to improve it or rejects it entirely.

The Sovereign – the President is the owner of the server. The president has the power to veto any passed bills and introduce temporary laws to tackle any emergency situations that may concern the server. Should the temporary law be made permanent, it will have to go through the House of Representatives and the Senate.

Parliament has several functions – to represent the people of WolvHaven, provide a government, scrutinize and hold the government to account, make laws and repeal or amend existing laws.

History

The birth of Parliament

First established in the City Hall of WolvHaven in 2012, the Parliament of WolvHaven – then known as the General Assembly was a Unicameral legislative branch. The then parliament house/assembly hall had a total of 4 seats – excluding the speaker/president’s chair. In 2013 however, this temporarily ended as there was no chamber built in the new world.

Bicameralism

After the NewWolvHaven era city was well established in 2015, a parliament building and chamber was finally built and the MPs were shifted to the Legislative Council (now the Senate).

The new MPs were selected by the Legislative Council – known as Appointed Members of Parliament (AMPs). However, later in 2016 parliament was made open to the public where any citizen could come in and speak, propose & vote on motions/bills.

Shortlived political parties

In mid-2016, a bill to allow the formation of political parties was passed and the WolvHaven Socialist Party and the National Progressive Front were formed. However, all parties were temporarily disbanded by order of the President due to unrest caused by the WolvHaven Socialist Party.

Reappearance of political parties & introduction of General Elections

In 2017, a brand new system was introduced where general elections would be held under a Mixed Member Proportionate system where the percentage of votes a party has determines the percentage of the seats they have in Parliament. 

For more information, visit the WolvHaven Parliament wiki page ➔

How parliament works

In this section:

  • How does parliament make, amend or repeal laws?
  • Phrases used in chamber

How does parliament make, amend or repeal laws?

The WolvHaven parliament is a modified parliamentary system in order to be functional for the server. Therefore, several processes are simplified while retaining the main function of Parliament.

  1. A draft for a law – called a bill is introduced to parliament
  2. The bill goes for its first reading – this usually involves the reading of the bill title, summary and opening speech by the bills’ proposer
  3. The house votes on whether the bill should be read a second time
  4. The bill goes for its second reading – this usually involves the main debate of the bill
  5. At the end of the second reading debate,
    1. If the bill is less complicated, the house votes on the bill. If a majority votes in favor of the bill, it is read a third time and is passed by the House of Representatives. The bill will be sent to the Senate for review.
    2. If the bill is longer with many clauses, the house will adjourn the debate. This will give MPs time to look into every clause of the bill and recommend amendments to the proposer of the bill. This also allows the bill to be looked into by select committees The bill will appear before the house at the next parliament sitting and will be debated upon again.

Phrases used in the chamber

Parliament has its own language. These are some of the phrases you will hear in the chamber and what they mean

PhraseUsed byMeaning
Hear hearMPsAgreement to what has just been said. No call needed.
<Person> has the callSpeakerThe person has the call to speak. All others should remain silent. (Exception: hear hear)
<Person> shall resume his seatSpeakerThe person’s call has been revoked. He should return to his seat and remain silent.
Order/DecorumSpeakerThere is disorder in the chamber, all members should stop talking and remain silent.
<Person> shall withdraw <statement>SpeakerThe person has made unparliamentary remarks and should withdraw the statement(s) used
I withdrawMPsUsed in response to the phrase above, to officially withdraw the statement
Division! Clear the lobbies!SpeakerCall for a division (vote), all MPs should make their way to the respective voting lobbies to vote
Lock the doors!SpeakerTime for voting has ended. All late MPs will not have their vote recorded
<Person> shall remove him/herself from the chamberSpeakerThe person is kicked out from the chamber for the rest of the session and is not allowed to vote
fin.MPsUsed to indicate the end of their speech and the call may be passed to someone else