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Briefing paper

The new Speaker of the House of Commons: key challenges

The new Speaker of the House of Commons – the 158th in its history – will be elected on Monday. This paper suggests that the candidates campaigning to be John Bercow’s successor must set out a vision for how they would run the Commons as...
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Delegated legislation: flexibility at the cost of scrutiny?

​This e-brief outlines the purpose of delegated legislation, and how it is used in NSW. It then outlines criticisms of delegated legislation and provides key statistics for both the NSW and Commonwealth Parliaments, before discussing existing scrutiny measures in the NSW Parliament.

Foresight, insight and oversight: enhancing long-term governance through better parliamentary scrutiny

This report has been prepared through a partnership between the Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives (OOC) and the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies at Victoria University of Wellington. The primary purpose of this partnership is to “develop policy options for...

The renewed Canadian Senate: organizational challenges and relations with the government

During the 2015 federal election campaign, the Liberal Party under Justin Trudeau promised a new “nonpartisan, merit-based” appointments process for the Senate of Canada. This study investigates how the Senate’s functioning has evolved since 2015, with specific attention to the relationship between the government and...

Bullying and harassment in the New Zealand parliamentary workplace

This report contains the findings and recommendations of the independent external review into harmful behaviour within the parliamentary workplace. The review, carried out by independent external reviewer, Debbie Francis, took five months and makes 85 recommendations.

First, most and more: facts about the Federal Parliament

This research paper is designed to answer some of those frequently asked questions about who was the first, youngest, oldest, most often (and so forth) in Australian federal politics. This paper updates and adds to a 2014 Parliamentary Library Research paper entitled Selected political records...

Voters are back in charge in the Senate

A smaller crossbench and a few surprise wins are the likely result of the new voting system’s first half-Senate outing, writes Tim Colebatch.

45th Parliament: Parliamentary Handbook of the Commonwealth of Australia, 2017

This 34th edition of the Parliamentary Handbook sets out detailed information about the 45th Commonwealth Parliament. The parliamentary service and political careers of Senators and Members are presented, together with details of parliamentary committees and elections up to and including the July 2016 poll.
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Key issues for the 57th Parliament

This paper provides Members of the 57th Parliament of New South Wales with an authoritative overview of 45 key issues affecting the state in 2019. It presents the latest evidence on key areas for the NSW community such as health, education, crime and justice, housing...