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What's the hurry? : urgency in the New Zealand legislative process 1987-2010

Author: Claudia Geiringer; Polly Higbee; E M McLeay; New Zealand Law Foundation.
Publisher: Wellington [N.Z.] : Victoria University Press, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
What's the hurry?
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Claudia Geiringer; Polly Higbee; E M McLeay; New Zealand Law Foundation.
ISBN: 9780864737724 0864737726
OCLC Number: 772859214
Notes: "Law Foundation, New Zealand."
Description: xii, 177 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 24 cm.
Other Titles: What is the hurry?
Responsibility: Claudia Geiringer, Polly Higbee and Elizabeth McLeay.
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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."--Publisher's information.

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