Constitutional Change in New Zealand

Essays on Legislative Drafting in Honour of JQ Ewens, CMG, CBE, QC, 1992

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Sir Geoffrey Palmer QC

Victoria University of Wellington - Faculty of Law

Date Written: 1992

Abstract

This contribution to a festschrift for an Australian First Parliamentary Counsel with whom the author had worked contains some observations about the need for concise legislative drafting done in plain English. It then goes on to explain the changes being made in 1988 to the constitution and government of New Zealand. These included the Constitution Act 1986, the establishment of a Law Commission, setting up a Regulations Review Select Committee to act as a watchdog over delegated legislation and the Royal Commission on Electoral law that led to the introduction of the mixed-member-proportional system that now obtains in New Zealand parliamentary elections.

Keywords: Parliamentary Counsel, Constitutional Law, Government, Legislative reform, New Zealand

JEL Classification: K00, K10,

Suggested Citation

Palmer QC, Sir Geoffrey, Constitutional Change in New Zealand (1992). Essays on Legislative Drafting in Honour of JQ Ewens, CMG, CBE, QC, 1992. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2646502

Sir Geoffrey Palmer QC (Contact Author)

Victoria University of Wellington - Faculty of Law ( email )

PO Box 600
Wellington, 6140
New Zealand

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