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 Henry VIII powers arise where a Bill permits the statute to be later amended or repealed by the Executive using delegated legislation and […]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 […]

Australian Democracy and Executive Law-making

As part of the Australian Senate Occasional Lecture Series, Professor Cheryl Saunders AO and Mr Stephen Argument today gave presentations on Australian democracy and Executive law-making. More than 2000 legislative instruments were made by the Commonwealth executive in 2015. Quantity is not a problem in its own right, although the volume is noteworthy. Questions of greater moment, however, are […]