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Australia-New Zealand Scrutiny of Legislation Conference
Scrutiny and Accountability in the 21st Century

6 - 8 July 2009 | Parliament House, Canberra, Australia

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DAY ONE – Monday, 6 July 2009

   
Program papers

Opening address

 
The Hon Robert French
Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia

Session 1

 

Chair

Senator Dana Wortley, Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances

 
Legislative Scrutiny: Are the ANZACS still the leaders?
Emeritus Professor Dennis Pearce and Mr Stephen Argument
Authors of Delegated Legislation in Australia

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Session 2

 

Chair:

Mrs Jo-Ann Miller MP, Chair of the Scrutiny of Legislation Committee, Queensland

 
Public deliberation on legislation: from Fitzgerald to Facebook and beyond
Mrs Julie Copley, Research Director for the Scrutiny of Legislation Committee, Queensland

Session 3

 

Chair

Senator Chris Back, Member of the Senate Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances

 
Incorporation by Reference in Canadian Federal Delegated Legislation: Contention, Concerns and Possible Reform
Mr Andrew Kania MP, Joint Chairman of the Standing Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations, Canada
 

DAY TWO – Tuesday, 7 July 2009


Session 4

 

Chair:

Senator the Hon Judith Troeth, Member of the Senate Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Bills

 

The contribution specialist legislative scrutiny committees can make to better governance
Mr Andrew Murray, former Senator and member of the Senate Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Bills (1996-2008)


Session 5

 

Chair:

Hon Adele Farina MLC, Chair of the Uniform Legislation and Statutes Review Committee, Western Australia

 
Review of the Legislative Instruments Act 2003
Professor John McMillan, Commonwealth Ombudsman and Member of the Legislative Instruments Act Review Committee

Session 6

 

Chair:

Senator Claire Moore, Member of the Senate Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances

 

Learning from the past and looking to the future
Mr Charles Chauvel MP, Chair
Mrs Amy Adams MP, Deputy Chair
Mrs Renée Riddell-Garner, Legislative Counsel
Regulations Review Committee, New Zealand

 

Session 7: Panel discussion

 

Chair:

Senator the Hon Helen Coonan, Chair of the Senate Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Bills

 

Appropriate delegation of legislative powers in modern circumstances
Adjunct Professor Sue Tongue, Legal Adviser to the Senate Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Bills

Panellists:

Mr Peter Quiggin PSM, First Parliamentary Counsel, Office of Parliamentary
Counsel, Commonwealth
Professor Stephen Bottomley, Legal Adviser to the Senate Standing
Committee on Regulations and Ordinances
Professor John McMillan, Commonwealth Ombudsman

 

Session 8

 

Chair:

Hon. Ruth Forrest MLC, Chair of the Subordinate Legislation Committee, Tasmania

 

Accountability Issues in Scrutinising Subsidiary Legislation made under Skeletal Acts
Mr Joe Francis MLA, Chairman of the Joint Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, Western Australia


Session 9

 

Chair:

Mrs Vicki Dunne MLA, Chair of the Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety, Australian Capital Territory

 

The role of the Legislation Review Digest in the NSW Parliament
Mr Allan Shearan MP, Chairperson of the Legislation Review Committee, New South Wales


Conference dinner  
 

Guest speaker:

Mr Stephen Gageler SC
Solicitor-General of Australia

 

DAY THREE – Wednesday, 8 July 2009


Session 10

 
 

Chair:

Mr Andrew Kania MP, Joint Chairman of the Standing Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations, Canada

 

The role of Parliament under an Australian Charter of Human Rights
Professor George Williams, Anthony Mason Professor of Law and Foundation Director of the Gilbert & Tobin Centre of Public Law, University of New South Wales

 

Bills of rights and legislative scrutiny: two different worlds
Mr Harry Evans, Clerk of the Australian Senate


Session 11

 
 

Chair:

Mr Charles Chauvel MP, Chair of the Regulations Review Committee, New Zealand

 

Scrutiny and the Charter of Rights and Responsibilities
Mr Carlo Carli MP, Chair of the Scrutiny of Acts and Regulations Committee, Victoria

 

Scrutiny of bills under bills of rights: Is Victoria’s model the way forward?
Dr Jeremy Gans, Legal Adviser to the Scrutiny of Acts and Regulations Committee, Victoria

General open forum discussion on the implications of bills of rights for all legislative scrutiny committees

 

Session 12: Open forum

 
 

Chair:

Senator Jacinta Collins, Member of the Senate Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Bills

 

Where to from here?
General open forum discussion on issues identified during the Conference

 

For further information, contact:

Mr James Warmenhoven
Secretary
Senate Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances
Room SG49, Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600
Australia

Phone: +61 2 6277 3066
Fax: +61 2 6277 5838
Email: regords.sen@aph.gov.au