How democratic is parliament? A case study in auditing the performance of parliaments

Parliament Australia
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In this discussion paper John Uhr ranks parliaments against four key values - political equality, popular control of government, civil liberties and human rights and public deliberation. The Senate emerges in a positive light, particularly in relation to proportional representation, scrutiny of legislation and the committee system. Uhr rates negatively the low number of private members' bills, questions of ministerial responsibility, Question Time and the government's political donation proposals, and points to the danger that the Howard government might use its majority in the Senate to reduce democracy within parliament.

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