Email By political reporter Jack Snape Posted November 28, 2019 12:54:40 Photo: Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells is chair of the now-powerful committee scrutinising “delegated legislation” (regulations). (ABC News: Matt Roberts) Related Story: Chaplaincy program revised after High Court ruling Related Story: School chaplaincy funding struck down in High Court Map: Australia The Senate Committee for Regulations and Ordinances — historically one of the least glamorous in Parliament — has a new name, and new powers that could prevent … or bring on … a constitutional crisis. Key points:Greater scrutiny will now apply to new regulations after a Government backbencher pushed through reforms opposed by her own partyThe Government’s use of regulations instead of formal laws has exploded in recent years — such regulations avoid much parliamentary scrutinyConstitutional issues around Government expenditure may be revealed by the reforms Reforms were pushed through the Senate on Wednesday afternoon that give the committee wider investigative powers and an explicit responsibility to assess whether regulations are constitutional.The reforms were successful even though they were opposed by the Government.The chair of the committee, former Liberal frontbencher senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, was even blocked from speaking on the reforms by her government colleagues.She said late on Wednesday that,… Read full this story
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