Reform of parliamentary privilege
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This chapter by Gerard Carney is in the book 'Peace, order, and good government: state constitutional and parliamentary reform'. The abstract for this book follows:
Fundamental reform of State Constitutions is needed now more than ever. Indeed, the process is underway in all States and Territories. Across Australia there is a growing belief that public institutions must be made more relevant to the needs of an increasingly restless electorate. Parliaments and Constitutions that remain unreformed and unreviewed tend to lose the essential public confidence that is crucial to a healthy representative democracy. Citizen initiated reform, the size and role of the Houses of Parliament, the accountability of Ministers, the role and the method of choice of the Governor, the independence and functions of the Speaker and issues of privilege are all matters of current debate and will remain as key features of future reforms. This book offers a timely contribution to the process of institutional regeneration and poses a range of reforms appropriate for State Constitutions at the start of the new century.