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'HONOURABLE' - USE OF THE TITLE

Government House
Hobart, 28 November 1990

MATTERS OF THE ROYAL PREROGATIVE
PREFIX 'HONOURABLE' - USE OF THE TITLE WHILST IN OFFICE AND
ELIGIBILITY TO RETAIN THE TITLE FOR LIFE

Approved Use of the Title 'Honourable'

THE prefix 'Honourable' is conferred upon certain Office Holders on appointment. Those entitled to use the prefix are-

  • Ministers of the Crown and Judges of the Supreme Court of Tasmania by reason of appointment to the Executive Council and being sworn to Office.
  • The Presiding Officers of the Parliament (President of the Legislative Council and Speaker of the House of Assembly) upon their election to Office.
  • Legislative Councillors whilst they hold Office.
  • The Leader of the Opposition, whilst holding that office in the House of Assembly.

Retention of the title 'Honourable' upon resignation or retirement from Office

The retention of the title following resignation or retirement may be authorised by the Governor of Tasmania on the recommendation of the Premier.
The qualifications and procedures follow.

Qualifications for grant of the Prefix 'Honourable' for life

Upon resignation or retirement from Office, members of the Executive Council (Ministers of the Crown and Judges of the Supreme Court of Tasmania) are entitled to apply for the grant to retain the title for life.
This includes-

  • A Minister who loses his seat in Parliament at a General Election.
  • A Minister who belongs to a Government which is defeated at a General Election and now sits in the Opposition.

Presiding Officers of the Parliament (President of the Legislative Council, Speaker of the House of Assembly) may apply for the grant provided they have served for three years on a continuous basis.
Legislative Councillors and Leaders of the Opposition, upon retirement or resignation shall not be entitled to apply for the grant unless they have served as a Minister of the Crown or for three continuous years as the Presiding Officer of the Legislative Council or House of Assembly.

Procedures for application for and approval of the Grant

Upon resignation or retirement from office, Ministers of the Crown and Supreme Court Judges may apply to the Premier for consideration for the grant to retain the title.
Upon resignation or retirement from office Parliamentary Presiding Officers, who have served a period in office of three years, may apply to the Premier for consideration for the grant to retain the title.

By His Excellency's Command.

D.J. PITCHFORD, Official Secretary

Source:
Tasmanian Government Gazette
Wednesday 28 April 1990
Vol. CCLXXV p. 1779.

 

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