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Canada’s Senate: Forced independence

Justin Trudeau, leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, has just kicked out all Liberal Senators from the party caucus. They are now independents in a parliamentary sense. It just so happens most of them have collectively decided to form … Continue reading

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War: Parliament recalled over potential Syrian intervention

Today, Parliament has been recalled over the Syria crisis. Here’s a brief overview of the history of parliamentary responses to military interventions. For many wars prior to 1914, Parliament often didn’t debate the start of a conflict and often Parliament … Continue reading

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Randy Hillier’s proposals: Making government accountable

It’s my first post-degree post, and it’s a long one. A little while ago, I read up on Randy Hillier’s proposals┬áto revolutionise the way the Ontario Legislative Assembly, and indeed government in Ontario, works. My reaction is mixed (partly because … Continue reading

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Gay marriage: Lords confounds expectations

The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill has pretty much finished its passage through the House of Lords. Not only was the majority for the principle of gay marriage higher in the Lords than in the Commons (225 in the Commons, … Continue reading

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Royal Succession: New South Wales prepares to introduce its bill

Premier Barry O’Farrell today gave notice of a motion to introduce the Succession to the Crown (Request) Bill 2013, requesting that the Federal Parliament enact changes to the succession law. No text of the bill up yet, but it should … Continue reading

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Escaping the judges: New Zealand

Apparently, the New Zealand Parliament just passed the Public Health and Disability bill under urgency which included a rather nasty clause which puts paid to a saga of government court defeats on the fairness of disability payments: [When this law … Continue reading

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Royal Succession: Queensland passes

I missed this, but the Parliament of Queensland passed the Succession to the Crown Bill 2013 on the 2nd of May. It was taken from 2nd reading through consideration in detail to Third Reading in an hour and forty minutes, … Continue reading

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