Members invited to AGM

The ACT Chapter of the ASPG will be holding its AGM at 3.40pm, Friday 9 December 2016 at the Legislative Assembly (use public entrance). This will be followed by light refreshments and a chance to meet and mingle!

Parliament, the Executive and Vice-Regal Powers – Harry Evans Lecture

Professor Anne Twomey will present this year’s Harry Evans Lecture. Professor Twomey’s topic is: Parliament, the Executive and Vice-Regal Powers: Heading off crises in a closely tied Parliament. When: 12:15pm, Friday, 4 November 2016 Where: Main Committee Room, Parliament House, Canberra The Harry Evans Lecture commemorates the service to the Senate of the longest serving […]

Financial privilege

A recent paper by former Clerk of the House of Commons, Sir Malcolm Jack and ACT ASPG Chapter member Dr Richard Reid exploring the question of whether financial privilege is the sole right of the House of Commons is now available via the Constitution Society Website. In this paper the authors examine the historical origin of the Commons’ privilege, […]

An argument in favour of constitutional reform

A reminder that the Department of the Senate has some fantastic speakers as part of its occasional lecture series. The next Senate Occasional Lecture will be presented by Dr Bede Harris on Friday, 24 June 2016. The topic: Does our Constitution really give effect to the doctrines it purportedly embodies? An argument in favour of constitutional reform. Can’t […]

On elections

ACT Chapter member Malcolm Baalman has a new site on elections and it’s well worth a look: From the site: This site is a blog as well as an information repository dealing with the voting systems used to elect the world’s national parliaments. I assume most people will enter it through it’s ‘home’ pages as a blog. […]

Henry VIII Powers

Readers may be interested in this post via the Public Law for Everyone website on Henry VIII powers. In it, Professor Mark Elliott, Legal Adviser to the House of Lords Constitution Committee, highlights the apparent normalisation of Henry VIII powers in the UK. Henry VIII powers arise where a Bill permits the statute to be later amended or repealed by the Executive using delegated legislation and […]

English votes for English laws

The ACT Chapter of the ASPG last night hosted Patrick Dunleavy at Australian Parliament House to give a presentation on recent developments in the House of Commons associated with the introduction of “English votes for English laws” or “EVEL”. Patrick is Professor of Political Science at the London School of Economics and Centenary Research Professor at the […]