6 Parliament must meet if epidemic notice given

(1)

This subsection applies to an epidemic notice if, when it is given,—

(a)

Parliament has been prorogued until a day more than 7 days after the day on which the notice is given; or

(b)

Parliament has been prorogued, and the date on which it is next to meet has not been determined; or

(c)

Parliament has been dissolved or has expired, and no proclamation has been made summoning it to meet on a day not more than 7 days after the day on which the notice is given.

(2)

If subsection (1) applies to an epidemic notice,—

(a)

a Proclamation must be made appointing a day for Parliament to meet; and

(b)

the day must be—

(i)

a day not more than 7 days after the day on which the notice was given; or

(ii)

if the notice was given after Parliament had been dissolved or had expired and before the latest day appointed under the Electoral Act 1993 for the return of the writ for the election of members of Parliament, a day not more than 7 days after the latest day appointed for the return of the writ; and

(c)

Parliament must meet and sit on the day appointed.

(3)

This subsection applies to an epidemic notice if, when it is given, the House of Representatives is adjourned until a day more than 7 days after the day on which it is given.

(4)

If subsection (3) applies to an epidemic notice,—

(a)

the Speaker of the House of Representatives must, as soon as is practicable after it is made, by notice in the Gazette appoint a day and time for the House of Representatives to meet; and

(b)

the day must be not more than 7 days after the day on which the notice was given; and

(c)

the House of Representatives must meet and sit at the time and on the day appointed.