Category Archives: Legislating

Government pre-emption of Parliament

The Lords’ Select Committee on the Constitution, just before prorogation, finished its report on pre-emption of Parliament. This is where government ministers incur costs and make changes to legally established bodies in anticipation of the bill that authorises them becoming … 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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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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