This e-brief outlines how Australian parliaments adapted in a fast-moving and uncertain environment, focusing on the NSW Parliament. It also examines the implications for parliamentary democracy from parliament operating in its diminished form and from the government’s legislative response to the crisis.
This policy brief analyses trends in the working and monitoring of delegated legislation in Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom during the pandemic. It focuses on how the pandemic has affected parliamentary oversight of executive actions and assesses how institutional responses have conformed to...
For policymakers, this volume offers a window into thinking from all sides of the House of Representatives and Senate, providing greater insights to better inform their work in creating further policy in service of the Australian public. For the broader public, this is an opportunity...
This background paper assesses the political impact of the draft electoral boundaries for NSW, which were released on 9 November 2020. Submissions on the proposed boundaries are now open until 9 December, followed by another fortnight for comments on the submissions. The Electoral Districts Redistribution...
This policy brief canvasses key options available for reopening parliament and seeks to examine the key obstacles to employing alternative means for parliamentary sittings, such as sitting remotely.
This paper focuses on the parliamentary and legal implications of governments using a form of AI: automated-decision making (ADM), which is deployed in automated decision-making systems (ADMS). It discusses the implications, presents key parliamentary case studies, and sets out recommendations from the literature on how...
The UK government’s move to return the Commons to its usual ways of working when it returns from recess, is deeply concerning. This report warns that abandoning virtual proceedings from 2 June will reduce parliament’s ability to scrutinise the government.
This paper argues that in these unprecedented times, it is not just economic policy and health policy that requires creativity and innovation; our democratic structures need to be similarly responsive.
This research is a focused project on one aspect of the parliamentary process. It provides a contextualised account of select committees and their scrutiny of human rights with a particular emphasis on New Zealand’s 52nd Parliament in the 2017-2019 period.
The Auditor-General, Grant Hehir, delivered this presentation to the 15th Biennial Australasian Council of Public Accounts Committees (ACPAC) Conference held at Parliament House, Canberra, on 7 November 2019. The presentation was titled Maintaining Trust in the Parliamentary Process — PACs and Officers of the Parliament.