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Australasian Parliamentary Review

Autumn 2012. Vol 27, No. 1

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From the editor, Jennifer Aldred


Table of Contents


A comparative analysis of rights scrutiny of bills in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom: Is New Zealand lagging behind its peers? Catherine Rodgers

# Anti-corruption agencies: Impact on the privileges and immunities of parliament. Carly Sheen

# Not quite as expected: Victorian Labor and the Legislative Council 2010 Paul Rodan


Parliament and the challenge of executive growth

Is the traditional role of parliament still valid in our society? Sonia Hornery

# Executive growth and the takeover of Australian parliaments Scott Prasser

Balancing the need for the executive’s right to govern against the necessity for parliamentary scrutiny

A new era of parliamentary reform Judy Spence

# Resisting executive control in Queensland’s unicameral legislature — recent developments and the changing role of the speaker in Queensland Kate Jones and Scott Prasser

Holding oppositions to account: the slow surrender of parliamentary democracy Jay Tilley

Diminishing the efficacy of disallowance motions: quasi-legislation in state jurisdictions Scott Hickie

The effects of non-government controlled upper houses on restraining the executive

# The impact of multi-party government on parliament-executive relations — examples from Britain and Germany Katrin Steinack

A case study from the South Australian Parliament Jordan Bastoni

# Restraints upon the agenda: policy making in Victoria 1982–1992 Alistair Harkness

Victorian perspectives

Cabinet confidentiality and parliamentary scrutiny in the information age Tony Lupton

Victoria’s dispute resolution committee and its implications for an effective bicameral system Philip Davis

Trends in public sector audit legislation: from federation to follow-the-dollar Des Pearson

Who cares wins: parliamentary committees and the executive Paul Lobban

The role of public accounts committees Jonathan O’Dea

# Prorogation and principle; the Gentrader Inquiry, government accountability and the shutdown of parliament Teresa McMichael

Redressing the imbalance: recent developments

Breaking down the barriers — when parliaments display leadership and the executive follows David Gibson

Pacific Island parliaments: developmental aspirations and political realities Graham Hassall

# These papers have been double blind reviewed to academic standards


'From the Tables' A round-up of administrative and procedural developments in the Australasian Parliaments Robyn Smith


David Clune: The Fog on the Hill: How NSW Labor Lost its Way


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