Where ideas for new laws can come from and how they become law

Elaborations

  • investigating where ideas for new laws come from (for example, from party policy, perhaps announced during an election campaign; from suggestions by members and senators; from interest groups in the community) (Skills: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking, Ethical Understanding)
  • exploring how bills are debated and scrutinised (for example, the role of parliamentary committees and the ability of citizens to make submissions to these committees) (Skills: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking, Ethical Understanding)
  • identifying the role of the Executive in relation to the development of policies and the introduction of bills, including the role of Cabinet in approving the drafting of a bill and the role of the public service in drafting and implementing legislation (Skills: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking)

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