Youth Treatment Orders Bill Highlights Ad Hoc Approach to Rights Scrutiny of Bills
Law Society Bulletin VOLUME 41 – ISSUE 4 – MAY 2019 p. 36-38
Posted: 21 Feb 2020
Date Written: February 20, 2020
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: Bills, South Australia's Parliament
JEL Classification: K10
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