Parliamentary scrutiny

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Journal article

Enhancing long-term governance: Parliament’s vital oversight role

This article explores how the New Zealand Parliament scrutinises the quality of long-term governance and considers how such scrutiny could be made more systematic, proactive and rigorous.
Policy report

Prioritising Parliament: roadmaps to reviving Australia’s Parliaments

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.
Briefing paper

The use of artificial intelligence by government: parliamentary and legal issues

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...
Discussion paper

AUST-INTEL powers: parliamentary oversight of intelligence agencies

This discussion paper argues that parliamentary oversight of Australia’s intelligence agencies is weak, compared to others in the ‘Five Eyes’ intelligence sharing alliance between Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States, and that increased accountability and oversight measures should be considered.
Position paper

A fit for purpose National Integrity Commission

This position paper explains why Australia needs a strong national integrity commission and what it needs to be fit for purpose.
Report

Bypassing democracy: a report on the exemption of delegated legislation from parliamentary oversight

One of the main parliamentary oversight mechanisms is the power to disallow laws made by the executive branch of the government, including ministers and senior departmental and agency officials, known as delegated legislation or delegated legislative instruments. This report recommends the removal of all provisions...
Report

Parliament’s role in the coronavirus crisis

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.
Transcript

Maintaining trust in the parliamentary process: PACs and Officers of the Parliament

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.
Article

Gladys Liu and the pitfalls of cultural anxiety

Fraught relations with China could affect Chinese-Australians for generations to come, writes John Fitzgerald.
Briefing paper

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.