Monthly Archives: June 2012

House of Lords: (some of) the stats have arrived!

The UK’s last session was a mammoth one – two years long, standing at 293 sitting days or 2106 hours. I know this because the Sessional Statistics for the House of Lords are finally out (html, pdf). Some interesting bits … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Pre-study in action: Nothing to see here

No, literally. In a post back in May I thought I would try to see how pre-study recommendations were followed up by the government and . So far so good. Only… there’s no report. From any of the committees. Yes, … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Lords reform: bill being rewritten

Amid all the anger and fury directed by Tory MPs and peers against the draft House of Lords Reform bill, it is being rewritten before it will be presented to cabinet on the 26th of June. This still gives it … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Labor leadership reforms

The Australian Labor party is in a bit of a crisis; nearly destroyed in Queensland and likely to receive similar treatment nationally, falling membership numbers, a highly factionalised parliamentary party and a highly damaging leadership spill (as they are called): … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Tale of *Three* Bills: Australia joins and an update

A while ago, I began a new feature: A Tale of Two Bills. Both the UK and Canada had stated their intent to legislate for increased surveillance powers and data retention to better combat crime in the way mandated by … Continue reading

Posted in A Tale of Three Bills | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Senate reform: Dead in the water?

I’ve been busy the last month or so, but it appears that Canada’s parliamentary session is likely to end on June 22nd. ┬áIt’s intriguing, because there’s no way the Senate Reform bill will get through before then, so maybe the … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Diamond Jubilee: more parliamentary ceremonial

Most of the old Commonwealth prime ministers are in London for the Queen’s diamond jubilee – New Zealand’s John Key was present for the Thames pageant and Canada’s Stephen Harper flew in for yesterday evening. The one notable absence was … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment