Members of the Senate or Upper House have approved an amendment to its Standings Orders which mandates that all documents for any proceedings from the clerk’s office be sent via electronic means.
The House of Representatives or Lower House approved a similar resolution in 2019 as part of measures under its efficiency strategy to transform the Houses of Parliament into a paperless legislative body.
“These amendments are meant to reduce the paper that we use, to reduce the cost involved in producing these tons of documents and so on; to conserve on the energy that goes into producing all of these documents,” President Chester Humphrey said while informing members about the amendment which was agreed to at a 25 January 2021 meeting of the Standing Orders Committee. “As you know paper comes from trees and we know the consequential effects. It’s a measure meant to conserve nature and is in keeping with the rest of the world today.”