Legislative bodies

Commentary

21 Jun 2017
97

Lobbying is a necessary component of representative democracy, yet poses one of its greatest threats, writes George Rennie.

Report

28 Mar 2017
20

Some human rights obligations are absolute under international law. However, in relation to most human rights, prescribed limitations on the enjoyment of a right may be justified under international law if certain requirements are met. Accordingly, a focus of the committee's reports is to determine...

Report

21 Mar 2017
66

Some human rights obligations are absolute under international law. However, in relation to most human rights, prescribed limitations on the enjoyment of a right may be justified under international law if certain requirements are met. Accordingly, a focus of the committee's reports is to determine...

Report

16 Feb 2017
58

Under the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Act 2011, the committee is required to examine bills, Acts and legislative instruments for compatibility with human rights, and report its findings to both Houses of the Parliament. The committee may also inquire into and report on any human...

Report

22 Nov 2016
143

Under the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Act 2011 (the Act), the committee is required to examine bills, Acts and legislative instruments for compatibility with human rights, and report its findings to both Houses of the Parliament. The committee may also inquire into and report on...

Report

13 Oct 2016
28

Overview

This paper addresses the question of how politics, especially in the US Congress, shapes US strategic policy, particularly towards Asia. Asia Pacific countries can use the political environment to influence American strategy. The US Pivot to Asia unfolds against the backdrop of...

Report

8 Aug 2016
176

Electronic petitions (e-petitions) have been introduced in Australian legislatures and internationally to improve public engagement with the political process and to make democracy more accessible, participatory and responsive. In Victoria, both houses of Parliament accept only paper petitions in accordance with relevant standing orders, however,...

Commentary

20 Jan 2016
33

Malcolm Turnbull has directly lobbied US legislators to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, which he describes as “a very critical part of America’s continued presence in the Asia-Pacific”.

Turnbull stressed the TPP’s importance in his talks with politicians on Capitol Hill, who included...

Journal article

4 Dec 2014
76

This issue of Policy Quarterly features two symposia, the first dealing with New Zealand’s regulatory system and the second that discussed the NZ Constitutional Advisory Panel report’s recommendations including amending the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990.

The system for assuring high quality...

Book

25 Sep 2014
111

Overview: This book examines the (in)visibility of romantic love in the legal discourse surrounding modern Australian marriage. It looks at how romantic love has become a core part of modernity, and a dominant part of the Western marriage discourse, and considers how the ideologies...

Report

29 May 2014
123

There are expected to be four redistributions occurring prior to the expiration of the 44th Parliament. This paper outlines the reasons why.

Key points:

The periodic redrawing of electoral boundaries is required by law to maintain electoral divisions of roughly equal enrolment...

Video

14 Apr 2014
37

Summary: In this video, New Mandala's Dr Ross Tapsell interviews Associate Professor Greg Fealy and political analyst Usman Hamid about the results of the Indonesian parliamentary elections. The three discuss why the 'Jokowi effect' was over-estimated by pollsters and pundits alike, why the favourites,...

Report

5 Mar 2014
65

These four papers present data from the 2011 Census of Population and Housing for the 93 NSW State Electoral Districts (SEDs) as redistributed in 2013.

This publication is arranged by selected census characteristics. For each characteristic, three numbers from the 2011 Census are provided...

Report

28 Feb 2014
224

Summary: The first decade of the 21st century proved to be momentous for constitutional reform in the UK and, at times, a period of lively, even torrid, commentary on the law and practice of parliamentary privilege. The purpose of this paper is to identify...

Report

7 Sep 2007
32

Under the Competition Principles Agreement (CPA), the Australian Government is required to publish an annual report outlining its progress towards: achieving the review and, where appropriate, reform of all existing legislation that restricts competition (as outlined in the Commonwealth Legislation Review Schedule); and implementing competitive...

Report

15 Apr 2003
7

The rules governing "strangers" (non-members within the parliament) have distant origins, and have changed considerably over the last two centuries. Parliaments around Australia and overseas generally have standing orders which control access of non-members to areas of the parliament reserved for members when parliament is...

Report

10 Feb 2003
10

In last year's Victorian electiont the ALP gained its largest-ever Legislative Assembly majority, the Liberal Party suffered its most severe defeat in fifty years, the National Party almost lost its parliamentary party status, the Greens performed well enough to suggest that they may be able...

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