Senate research papers

Articles, addresses and other publications by current and former Senate staff.

2017

  • The Concept of 'The Same in Substance': What Does the Perrett Judgment Mean for Parliamentary Scrutiny?
    Ivan Powell
    (PDF 141KB)
  • Scrutiny Committees: A Vehicle for Safeguarding Federalism and the Constitutional Rights of Parliament
    Glenn Ryall and Jessica Strout
    (PDF 182KB)

2016

  • 'The Pursuit of State Interests in the Senate'
    Papers on Parliament, No. 66, October 2016, pp. 139–160
    Paula Waring
    (PDF 124KB)
  • 'The Williams Decisions and the Implications for the Senate and its Scrutiny Committees'
    Papers on Parliament, No. 64, January 2016, pp. 143–159
    Patrick Hodder
    (PDF 124KB)
  • 'Representation of Commonwealth Territories in the Senate'
    Papers on Parliament, No. 64, January 2016, pp. 109–141
    Michael Sloane
    (PDF 190KB)

2015

  • 'Exclusive cognisance: is it a relevant concept in the 21st century?'
    Australasian Parliamentary Review, vol. 30(2), 2015, pp. 58–72
    Rosemary Laing
    (HTML)
  • 'Commonwealth executive power and accountability following Williams (No. 2)'
    Papers on Parliament, No. 63, July 2015, pp. 109–134
    Glenn Ryall
    (PDF 187KB)
  • Senate actions upon the deaths of prime ministers of Australia
    Senate Table Office, updated 23 October 2015
    (PDF 44KB)
  • 'Prayers in the Senate: abolition, retention or change', 2015
    Jarrod Jolly
    (PDF 241KB)

2014

  • 'Williams v Commonwealth—a turning point for parliamentary accountability and federalism in Australia?'
    Papers on Parliament, No. 63, March 2014, pp. 131–148
    Glenn Ryall
    (PDF 138KB)

2013

  • 'Is it futile to petition the Australian Senate?'
    Papers on Parliament, No. 59, April 2013, pp. 129–151
    Paula Waring
    (PDF 187KB)

2012

  • '”This is a procedure on which we should not lightly embark”: orders for the production of documents in the Australian Senate, 1901 to 1988'
    Papers on Parliament, No. 58, August 2012, pp. 89–105
    Paula Waring
    (PDF 471KB)
  • 'Curbing the grand inquest: legislature v. executive in the United States and Australia'
    Papers on Parliament, No. 58, February 2012, pp. 127–151
    Bill Bannear
    (PDF 348KB)

2011

  • 'Swearing-in of senators and members outside of General Elections' August 2011
    Annemieke Jongsma
    (PDF 40KB)
  • 'The Senate committee system: historical perspectives'
    Papers on Parliament, No. 55, February 2011, pp. 159–172
    Rosemary Laing
    (PDF 224KB)

2010

  • 'The Senate committee system: historical perspectives'
    Papers on Parliament: Senate Committees and Government Accountability, No. 54, December 2010, pp. 5–19
    Rosemary Laing and John Uhr
    (PDF 141KB)
  • 'Two global crises, two Senate committees'
    Papers on Parliament, No. 53, June 2010, pp. 83–96
    John Hawkins
    (PDF 118KB)
  • 'Control of delegated legislation in the Australian Senate'
    The Table, vol. 78, 2010, pp. 22–31
    Richard Pye
    (PDF 1783KB)

2009

  • 'Can we account for parliamentary committees? A survey of committee secretaries'
    Parliamentary Studies Paper 9, Crawford School of Economics and Government, Australian National University, 2009
    Richard Grant
    (PDF 1171KB)
  • 'Senate committees and the legislative process'
    Parliamentary Studies Paper 7, Crawford School of Economics and Government, Australian National University, 2009
    Ian Holland
    (PDF 1137KB)
  • 'Factors that affect participation in Senate committee inquiries'
    Parliamentary Studies Paper 5, Crawford School of Economics and Government, Australian National University, 2009
    Jackie Morris and Sophie Power
    (PDF 1188KB)
  • 'Annotated standing orders of the Australian Senate'
    The Table, vol. 77, 2009, pp. 14–24
    Rosemary Laing
    (PDF 1668KB)

2008

  • 'Consideration of legislation by Australian Senate committees and the Selection of Bills Committee'
    The Table, vol. 76, 2008, pp. 34–43
    Richard Pye
    (PDF 601KB)

2007

2004

  • 'Questions without answers: joint meetings of the Australian Senate and the House of Representatives'
    The Table, vol. 72, 2004, pp. 5–13
    Rosemary Laing
    (PDF 552KB)

2001

  • 'Remedies against the executive for non-compliance with orders for the production of documents—recent developments in the Australian Senate'
    The Table, vol. 69, 2001, pp. 29–37
    Rosemary Laing
  • 'Accountability in the Senate: ordering the production of documents'
    Parliamentarian, vol. 82(3), 2001, pp. 22–4
    Rosemary Laing

1999

  • 'Public information, accountability and open government: a snapshot of the Australian Senate'
    The Table, vol. 76, pp. 17–27
    Rosemary Laing

1998

  • 'Dealing with complex legislation in committee of the whole: the experience of the Australian Senate'
    The Table, vol. 66, 1998, pp. 30–43
    Rosemary Laing and Rosa Ferranda

1995

  • 'Overhaul of the Australian Senate's committee system'
    The Table, vol. 63, 1995, pp. 9–16
    Rosemary Laing

Papers by former Clerk of the Senate, Harry Evans

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