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What's the Hurry?

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What's the Hurry?
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For more than a century, New Zealand governments have periodically put the House of Representatives into "urgency'". As its name suggests, urgency is a device by which legislation can be passed in a hurry if there is a genuine need to do so. But it also serves a more generic function. Urgency is used to extend the House's sitting hours from time to time, so that the government of the day can get more done during its term in office than it would otherwise have time to. In short, urgency is a technique for prioritising government business in the House over other activities that we expect MPs to perform (both inside and outside Parliament). What's the Hurry is the first in-depth study of the use of urgency in New Zealand. The authors document every use of urgency over a 24-year period (1987-2010) and analyse how, when, how much and why urgency is used. They conclude that, while some uses of urgency are relatively unproblematic, others are deeply troubling - particularly when urgency is used to avoid select committee scrutiny of legislation.
They commend Parliament's Standing Orders Committee for recommending changes to the regulatory framework governing urgency but wonder whether those changes go far enough.
Claudia Geiringer is senior lecturer in law at Victoria University Wellington, an associate director of the New Zealand Centre for Public Law, and a lawyer specializing in constitutional law and human rights. Polly Higbee is a solicitor at a commercial law firm in Wellington. Elizabeth McLeay is an adjunct professor of political science at Victoria University Wellington. She is the author of "Building the Constitution "and "The Firing Line: When and Why Do New Zealand and the United Kingdom Prime Ministers Fire Ministerial Colleagues." They all live in Wellington, New Zealand."
The most comprehensive in-depth study of an aspect of New Zealand parliamentary procedure that I have seen. David McGee, clerk, the House of Representatives of New Zealand"
Publisher
Victoria University Press
Year
2011
ISBN-10
0864737726
ISBN-13
9780864737724
Format
Paperback
Publication Date
2011-12-02
Imprint
Victoria University Press
Place of Publication
Wellington
Country of Publication
New Zealand
Author
Claudia Geiringer, Polly Higbee, Elizabeth McLeay
Subtitle
Urgency in the New Zealand Legislative Process 1987-2010
DEWEY
328.93
Illustrations
Illustrations (chiefly col.)
Short Title
WHATS THE HURRY
Language
English
Media
Book
Pages
180
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