Senate debates

Thursday, 29 November 2018


Regulations and Ordinances Committee; Reference

12:13 pm

Photo of John WilliamsJohn Williams (NSW, National Party) Share this | | Hansard source

I move:

That the following matter be referred to the Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances for inquiry and report by 3 April 2019:

(1) The continuing effectiveness, role and future direction of the Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances, including:

(a) whether the committee's powers remain appropriate;

(b) the adequacy of the principles by which the committee scrutinises delegated legislation, including the committee's ability to fully consider:

(i) the constitutional authority for delegated legislation,

(ii) administrative law principles, and

(iii) principles of democratic accountability; and

(c) the adequacy of the existing framework for parliamentary control and scrutiny of delegated legislation, and whether this framework should be enhanced.

(2) In undertaking this inquiry, the committee should have regard to the role, powers and practices of similar parliamentary committees, including those in other jurisdictions.

(3) The committee be authorised to hold public hearings in relation to this inquiry, and to move from place to place.

Question agreed to.