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Australasian Parliamentary Review

Autumn 2013. Vol 28, No. 1

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From the editor, Jennifer Aldred


Table of Contents


Race and the Australian Constitution. George Williams

The dilemmas of drafting a Constitution for a new state. Anne Twomey

Arm's length bodies in the Australian Capital Territory — time for review? Roger Wettenhall

# Understanding conscience vote decisions: the case of the ACT. Peter Balint and Cheryl Moir

# Committees in a unicameral parliament: impact of a majority government on the ACT Legislative Assembly committee system. Grace Concannon

Guarding MPs' integrity in the UK and Australia. David Solomon

Unproclaimed legislation — the delegation of legislative power to the executive. Alex Stedman

# Through the lens of accountability: referral of inquiries by ministers to upper house committees. Merrin Thompson

# Strengthening parliaments in nascent democracies: the need to prioritize legislative reforms. Abel Kinyondo

Parliamentary chronicles

Electoral law and the campaign trail. Harry Phillips 12

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

Book Reviews

Anne Twomey: Reluctant Democrat — Sir William Denison in Australia 1847—1861

Mary Crawford: Tales from the Political Trenches

David Clune:

•  Politics, Society, Self, and

•  What is to be Done?: The struggle for the soul of the labour movement

Kevin Rozzoli: The Australian Policy Handbook: Fifth Edition

Errata and apology – APR Volume 28, No. 1 Autumn 2013.
Footnotes and references contained in the article 'Understanding conscience vote decisions: the case of the ACT' by Peter Balint and Cheryl Moir did not appear. The Editor regrets this omission. The complete piece, with all footnotes and references, is accessible at


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ASPG also appreciates a substantial grant from the revenues arising from publication and sale of J. R. Odgers, Australian Senate Practice, 6th edition, 1991.

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