Tagged: parliament

Accountability of Parliament 0

Accountability of Parliament

Summary Elections – the ultimate way Parliament is held to account (effective, but limited) Privileges committee (somewhat effective) Legislative committees (effective) Standing orders (effective, but Speaker partisan) The courts (judicial review) (effective, but rare etc.)...

Quotes and examples: Parliament 0

Quotes and examples: Parliament

Note: Accountability and scrutiny functions of Parliament are dealt separately. David Lovell Prof of Pol Sci @UNSW Committees are valuable, therefore, because they deepen parliamentary scrutiny of legislation and increase the chances of informed...

Legal power issue: Bikie laws 0

Legal power issue: Bikie laws

Examples South Australia v Totani 2010 (2009 in SC) Introduced the Serious and Organised Crime (Control) Act 2008, which essentially forced judges to find bikies a member of a criminal organisation. Challenged it in...

Political power issue: Microparties 0

Political power issue: Microparties

The existence of microparties and their ability to gain representation in Parliament based on very few votes raises issues of political representation and popular participation Most microparties are one-issue, one cause parties Other microparties...

How well does Parliament perform its functions? 0

How well does Parliament perform its functions?

In evaluating its effectiveness … It is suggested that … this could be improved by …. Accountability In the HoR Question Time Censure motions Adjournment and grievance debates Budget in reply speech In the...

Mandate 0

Mandate

Approval given by the electorate to the party that has won the election to carry out its platform and policies as outlined during the electoral campaign. A mandate is not a rubber stamp The...

Decline and revival of Parliament 0

Decline and revival of Parliament

Theory of Responsible Government In theory, Parliament should initiate, debate and determine legislation, scrutinising and holding to account the government. See previous notes for methods. Parliament is important in representing the people. The people...

Parliament questions 0

Parliament questions

Functions of parliament: Legislative – passing bills Scrutiny – Question time Accountability – Estimates Committee Representative – Adjournment and grievance debates Forum for debate – Reading debates Caucus – a meeting of parliamentary members...

Influencing the political and legal system 0

Influencing the political and legal system

The influence of individuals, pressure groups and minor parties on the political and legal system. Influencing: Political System Legal System Individual: Pape v Tax Commissioner 2009 forced the HC to consider if the Tax...

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