Restriction of the use of urgency to pass laws.

Restriction of the use of urgency to pass laws.

Everything is mostly working fine but too many laws are being passed under urgency. Urgency should only be used in exceptional circumstances. It undermines the democratic process by skipping the Select Committee stage, where the public actually get to have a say. In 2011 the Law Foundation recommended that the Speaker should have a role in authorising any use of Urgency that would eliminate the select committee stage of a bill’s passage. This was rejected by the Parliament’s Standing Orders Committee.


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