Australasian Study of Parliament Group

Journal article

Petitioning the Australian Parliament: reviving a dying democratic tradition

The right to petition Parliament for redress of grievances spans many centuries. For much of this time, petitions served a key role in bringing the concerns of the people directly before Parliament for consideration and debate. In the Australian Parliament, petitioning has long been in...
Journal article

The future of euthanasia politics in the Australian state parliaments

There has been significant activity on voluntary euthanasia, with bills seeking to reform the law on the practice introduced in all of the Australian state parliaments except Queensland. This article examines the present legislative attempts to legalise voluntary euthanasia in two Australian state parliaments: South...
Working paper

The passage through the New Zealand House of Representatives of the Local Government (Auckland Reorganisation) Bill

Introduction: The Local Government (Auckland Reorganisation) Bill (henceforth “the bill”) passed through its first and second readings, committee stage, and third reading under urgency from 13 to 16 May 2009. The passage of the bill was fraught, with more than 30,000 amendments tabled at the...

'Be honest, minister!' Restoring faith in government in Australia

This report recommends codifying ministerial responsibility, strengthening FOI, regulating lobbying, creating a Parliamentary Standards Commission, and establishing independent Parliamentary Presiding Officers.