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More power for parliamentary committee system - Stock and Land
29 August 2010, 8:43 pm

New rules to block the tax-free status of the Church of Scientology, greater scrutiny of liquidators and administrators, measures to stop sports match-fixing, and a new tax on horse owners are among future battles for the new Parliament.

The three regional independent MPs – Rob Oakeshott, Bob Katter and Tony Windsor – who will decide who will form government, have called for the major parties to take the parliamentary committee system more seriously.

The Senate, House of Representatives and joint house committees scrutinise government activities and conduct inquiries into specific issues that arise.

The election outcome of a hung parliament has frozen the long list of parliamentary committees waiting to report recommendations from recent inquiries made under the previous government.

Committees comprise members from one or both houses and usually reflect the political majority of the Parliament.

There is no compulsion on a ruling government to accept a committee's recommendations but, in the new spirit of co-operation, some private members' bills proposed by independents or Greens may have a better chance of becoming law.

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