Constitutional Change in New Zealand
Essays on Legislative Drafting in Honour of JQ Ewens, CMG, CBE, QC, 1992
6 Pages Posted: 20 Aug 2015
Date Written: 1992
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,
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