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Research Papers

This section features recent research papers that are of interest to those interested in parliamentary practice and procedure.

The majority of research papers are written by parliamentary officers participating in the Australia and New Zealand Association of Clerks-at-the-Table (or ANZACATT) two day professional development seminar held at the end of January each year and open to both members of the Association and other parliamentary officers. The course is conducted under contract to ANZACATT by the University of Tasmania.

ANZACATT is an association involving the Parliaments of Australia, New Zealand and Norfolk Island with the aim of advancing the professional development of its members, particularly in relation to the principles of parliamentary systems and parliamentary procedure. It was formed in 2001 and now comprises procedural staff members from each House of Parliament in Australia, Norfolk Island and New Zealand. The papers appearing in this section are reproduced by courtesy of ANZACATT and with permission of the authors.

Other papers are published with the permission of the author.


Item added since last update.The Passage Through the New Zealand House of Representatives of the Local Government (Auckland Reorganisation) Bill by Peter Hoare, Parliamentary Officer (Table), New Zealand House of Representatives

Item added since last update.Can I Get A Witness?: Should the NSW Parliamentary Evidence Act 1901 be amended? by Leon Last, Acting Research Officer, Legislative Assembly Committees at the Parliament of New South Wales.

Item added since last update.The Slipper conspiracy - sedition or contempt? by Owen Walsh

Do free conferences have a place in the present-day NSW Parliament? by Lynsey Blayden.

Status of the Clerk: are Mozambique and Tanzania the most appropriate role models for the Northern Territory? by Julia knight, Committee Secretary, Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory.

Understanding Conscience Vote Decisions: The Case of the ACT by Peter Balint & Cheryl Moir
Most parliamentary decisions in Westminster systems, made along strict party lines, are entirely predictable and transparent. This is not the case for a conscience vote. When politicians are free to decide individually how they will vote, what influences them?

"In the Bush with Ballots, Boxes and Countrymen"
Speech delivered to the ASPG Annual Conference, Darwin 2012 by Syd Stirling, - former member for Nhulunbuy in the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory.

An interesting insight into the work of a member of parliament in a highly individual electorate showing that no matter how electorates differ some things are common to most electorates.

Parliamentary remuneration and entitlements
by Cathy Madden and Deirdre McKeown Politics and Public Administration Section, Parliamentary Library, Parliament of Australia.

The base salary for senators and members
by Leanne Manthorpe; updated by Cathy Madden and Deirdre McKeown Politics and Public Administration Section, and Guy Woods, Statistics and Mapping Section, Parliamentary Library, Parliament of Australia.

A productive anomaly: New Zealand’s Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment
by Pavan Sharma, University of Tasmania, School of Law

Who else can judge the judges?: The role of Parliament in the removal of judicial officers from judicial office.
by Cathryn Cummins, Parliamentary Law, Practice and Procedure Course Winter 2011

Independent Officers of Parliament - Fact or fiction?
The role of Parliaments in safeguarding the independence of Officers of Parliament by Andréa Cullen

Do Uniform Schemes of Legislation Undermine State Sovereignty?
by Annemieke Jongsma


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