Parliamentary committees are important in developing policy: Evidence from a Queensland case study

Bates, Lyndel (2010) Parliamentary committees are important in developing policy: Evidence from a Queensland case study. Australasian Parliamentary Review, 25 2: 14-26.

Author Bates, Lyndel
Title Parliamentary committees are important in developing policy: Evidence from a Queensland case study
Journal name Australasian Parliamentary Review
ISSN 1447-9125
Publication date 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 25
Issue 2
Start page 14
End page 26
Total pages 13
Place of publication Canberra, Australia
Publisher Australasian Study of Parliament Group
Language eng
Abstract This paper uses a case study to identify the impact of a Queensland parliamentary committee on policy. In 2003, the Travelsafe Committee undertook two inquiries investigating young driver and rider issues. In 2007, the Queensland Parliament passed legislation that provided the power to make regulations that changed the graduated driver licensing laws in Queensland. The analysis of the second reading speeches for this bill suggests that parliamentary committees can help set the agenda for government policy. The role of the Travelsafe Committee in this process was recognised by both government and non-government members of Parliament and by those that had been, or were currently, members of the committee and by those that had no membership experience of the Travelsafe Committee prior to the debate of the legislation. This paper suggests that in order for committees to successfully participate in policy work they need to have strong ideas, work to a consistently high standard and the chair needs to be dedicated to the work of the committee. This case study indicates the importance of parliamentary committees in the policy work of a parliament.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: Institute for Social Science Research - Publications
 
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Created: Thu, 26 Apr 2012, 13:01:22 EST by Lyndel Bates on behalf of ISSR - Research Groups