Youth Treatment Orders Bill Highlights Ad Hoc Approach to Rights-Scrutiny of Bills
(2019) The Bulletin 41 (4) 36-38
5 Pages Posted: 28 May 2019 Last revised: 4 Jul 2019
Date Written: May 27, 2019
South Australia’s Parliament has no formalised parliamentary system of rights scrutiny for bills. Instead, it relies on a network of subject-specific Standing, Select, Sessional and Joint Committees, and draws upon an ad hoc system of external rights scrutiny, often under taken by bodies like the Law Society. While these bodies can produce thoughtful, persuasive submissions, the impact of such extraparliamentary scrutiny can be limited by political factors, and particularly by timing. This means that the community more broadly is often shut out of the law-making process or left wondering how best to draw Parliament’s attention to a problematic law.
Keywords: Youth Treatment Orders, Bill, Rights-scrutiny of bills
JEL Classification: K10
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