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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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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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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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Royal Succession: Showdown Down Under

Australia It looks like there’s going to be a showdown on Friday at the Council of Australian Governments (COAG). Queensland Premier Campbell Newman is currently engaged in a stand-off with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard over who will legislate for … Continue reading

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Royal Succession: commitment issues

Queensland The Queensland Parliament’s Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee is done with the bill. It didn’t hold any public hearings on the bill, and we don’t know how many private meetings were held on it either. Not many, I … Continue reading

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Royal Succession: the UK fast-tracks it

It’s only a common sense change, so says the government. Then why is it trying to ram the Succession to the Crown bill through parliament, especially when the thirteen* other realms haven’t even started yet? What’s the rush? It’s only been … Continue reading

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Ministerial statements: a history

There’s little to nothing written about the origins of ministerial statements, so I’ve had to work it out from procedure committee reports and historic Hansard. As such, there may be errors in this and for that I apologise. I’m pretty … Continue reading

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