A closer look at parliamentary twinning

Twin Peeks: A closer look at parliamentary ‘twinning’

Parliamentary twinning is a program that pairs parliaments across the Pacific, but what does that mean in practice? Find out more in this quick overview, as we aim to keep connected to our colleagues in Bougainville and Solomon Islands, despite the challenges posed by the pandemic. TWINNING BASICS The twinning program, initiated by the Commonwealth … Continue reading Twin Peeks: A closer look at parliamentary ‘twinning’

Under scrutiny: Reflecting on the power of review in the Upper House

The Legislative Council is known as the 'House of Review', and the exercise of its 'review' function – and in particular the volume of activity in this space –  is setting the 57th Parliament apart from ones that have come before. Let's take a look at how the Council's powers of scrutiny have been used … Continue reading Under scrutiny: Reflecting on the power of review in the Upper House

Explainer: Budget Week and the annual appropriation bills

It's Budget Week! While most people have heard of the Budget, the key pieces of legislation contained within it – the annual appropriation bills – are less often discussed. This explainer looks at what exactly these bills are, their role, and the options available to the Legislative Council during its consideration of these bills.  What … Continue reading Explainer: Budget Week and the annual appropriation bills

Seven new parliamentary inquiry reports have been released

In Committees: New inquiry reports shine light on significant issues and bills

Final reports for a number of parliamentary inquiries have been released over the last several weeks, signalling the wrap-up of seven Upper House investigations into significant issues and bills, plus the finalisation of the Budget Estimates inquiries for 2020/21. Read on to learn more, or use the links below to jump straight to the inquiries … Continue reading In Committees: New inquiry reports shine light on significant issues and bills