Panorama: Ayes lobby at Parliament

Panorama of the Ayes lobby of the House of Representatives.

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On the opposite side of the chamber is the Noes lobby. Until 1996, votes were recorded in the lobbies.

Transcript of related commentary by John O'Sullivan, former General Manager of the Parliamentary Service:

Either side of the main debating chamber there are doors leading to the Ayes lobby and the Noes lobby. We are here in the Ayes lobby. It is here that members would come to record their vote in support of a particular motion before the House. The lobbies are now only used when an individual vote is required. Since the introduction of MMP most of the votes in the House are taken on basis of a party vote so that an individual vote is not required to be taken.