Category Archives: Foreign legislatures

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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Pre-study in the Canadian Senate

The Canadian Senate is an entirely appointed institution. In the 1970s, the Senate began the process of formalising the practice of pre-study – where a Senate committee would question witnesses and produce a report advising the ministers on the bill … 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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Wigs, robes, hats and shouting: State Openings of Parliament

It’s Christmas time, and I thought it was time for some lighter topics to cover. So, here’s a compilation of State Openings of Parliament from across the Commonwealth! For those who are uncertain as to what that is, or why … 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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Making it easier to unseat the British Speaker

The House of Commons Procedure Committee has unveiled its latest report examining the elections of various positions in the House of Commons (2010 elections for positions in the House). Most of the report is fairly uninteresting – bits about number … 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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