The Accountability of Members of Australia's Federal Parliament for Misconduct

Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal, Vol. 13, Issue 1 (2013), pp. 115-156

51 Pages Posted: 31 Mar 2021

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Alysia Blackham

Melbourne Law School, the University of Melbourne; University of California, Berkeley - Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law

George Williams

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - UNSW Law & Justice

Date Written: March 30, 2013

Abstract

Recent times have seen serious allegations of misconduct made against members of Australia’s federal Parliament. This has led to calls for more effective parliamentary and independent mechanisms to address allegations of misbehaviour. Drawing on comparative perspectives from the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland and laws in place in the Australian States and Territories, this article considers the extent to which additional measures would assist the Australian federal Parliament to manage the misconduct of its members. It proposes a model of extended accountability to provide more robust mechanisms for the management of parliamentary misconduct.

Keywords: Parliament, misbehaviour, accountability, Australia

Suggested Citation

Blackham, Alysia and Williams, George, The Accountability of Members of Australia's Federal Parliament for Misconduct (March 30, 2013). Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal, Vol. 13, Issue 1 (2013), pp. 115-156, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3800504 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3800504

Alysia Blackham (Contact Author)

Melbourne Law School, the University of Melbourne ( email )

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University of California, Berkeley - Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law

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Berkeley, CA 94720-7200
United States

George Williams

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - UNSW Law & Justice ( email )

Kensington, New South Wales 2052
Australia

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