Category Archives: Committees

Parliament’s role in hiring and firing judges

I mentioned, quite a while ago now, when I posted about the report advocating parliament having an increased role in public appointments that there was another report out soon examining parliament’s role in hiring and firing judges in England and … Continue reading

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A History of Committees in the House of Lords

Early committees Back in the formative days of parliament, petitions would often by committed to a group of the King’s Council – known as triers – who could either make changes and report the petition back to parliament (if it … Continue reading

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Australian Committee reforms

The Australian general election of 2010 ended with a hung parliament*, but in contrast to the UK the incumbent Labor government had no third party in the lower house with which to go into coalition. Instead, it sought a confidence-and-supply … Continue reading

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Pre-legislative scrutiny in the British parliament

The UK parliament has, since the end of the second world war, had a somewhat well-deserved reputation for being less than assertive. In some sessions of parliament in the 1950s, not a single government MP broke ranks to vote against … Continue reading

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Moderation or revision: comparing the Australian Senate and the House of Lords

As some may know, there is a joint committee of the British parliament examining the issue of House of Lords reform and giving the draft bill a look before it is finalised. On Tuesday, they had a chat with some Australian Senators … Continue reading

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A History of Committees in the British House of Commons

I recently became interested in the history of committees in various legislatures, and the seven hundred year history of the British parliament was too intriguing to leave alone. So I decided to do a bit of research and this is what I … Continue reading

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Powers of Inquiry in the Irish Parliament

I won’t have the full post on committees ready in time for the referendum on giving Irish Oireachtas (Parliamentary) committees more power so I’ve split off the section about powers of inquiry as much as I can; it’s surprisingly difficult … Continue reading

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