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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 to 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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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: 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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A Tale of Three Bills: the poodle bites

Perhaps surprisingly, the Prime Minister’s Intelligence and Security Committee is set, tomorrow, to slate the proposals while backing a simpler and safer way to gain access to communications data and join the Joint Committee on the Draft Communications Data Bill (also reporting … Continue reading

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A Tale of Three Bills: The UK reports

And they’re done: the report of the Joint Committee on the Draft Communications Data Bill has reported and that report has been embargoed until further notice. The BBC’s James Landale has the scoop: A joint committee of MPs and peers … Continue reading

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Public readings: good idea, bad execution

On the 12th of July, Sir George Young announced a pilot of the so-called ‘public reading’ stage where the public can comment on a bill for three weeks between first reading to the beginning of public bill committee stage. HM … Continue reading

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