General Note: Includes notes
Summary, etc.: Focuses on the place of the legislature in NZ's law-making process, identifying areas of both strong and weak performance, and recognising the need to balance scrutiny with efficiency. Draws upon examples from other major Commonwealth jurisdictions: Australia, Canada, and the UK. Examines the merits of publishing draft Bills prior to their introduction to Parliament; the select committee process; human rights reporting inside Parliament; the management of time inside Parliament; and the impact of MMP electoral system on the relationship between the legislature and executive. Suggests ways in which Parliament can take a greater role in scrutinising and advising the executive with regard to primary legislation, leading to more responsible government.
Target Audience Note: Research