About Parliament: Making a Law
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About Parliament: Making a Law

November 22, 2019

#Music# One of the main roles of the Parliament, is to make laws for the people of Australia Under Australia’s Constitution, the federal Parliament makes laws on important national matters, such as defence, immigration, taxation and even marriage. A proposal for a new law or a change to an old one is called a bill. Most bills are introduced into the Parliament by government ministers and usually begin here in the House of Representatives. #I therefore introduce the tax laws amendment temporary flood reconstruction levy bill and I do so with great pride# Once a bill is introduced members can debate the bill and then vote on it #The coalition is not opposed in anyway shape or form to the rebuilding and repairing of infrastructure and we want to see Australia get back on its feet as quickly as possible# #Australia will become a leader in best practice organ donation for transplants# #… everyday waiting for the phone call to announce the possibility of a transplantation# #… all those of that opinion say aye, to the contrary say no. I think the ayes have it# If the bill is agreed to in one house, it is sent to the other house. In this case, the Senate, where a similar
process is followed #Messages have been received from the House of Representatives forwarding the following bills for concurrence: the Tax Laws Amendment Bill …# #… the demand for organ and tissue donations is expected to increase further# #… experiencing the enormous benefits of organ and tissue donation# #I think the ayes have it. Clerk# #A bill for an act to establish the Australian Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation Authority# #I ask leave of the house to move the amendments one to three# Members and senators can suggest amendments to a bill if they think it needs changing #… for this amendment … # #The immediate question is that the amendment be agreed to# These amendments are also debated and voted on. #I think the ayes have it# About half of all bills are investigated more closely through the work of parliamentary committees. Either house of parliament can send a bill to a committee for detailed examination #… hearing evidence on the the committee’s inquiry into the Water Amendment Bill 2008# A committee might suggest changes to a bill, or make other recommendations #… the committee was mindful of …# This process helps the Parliament make better informed decisions The final stage of making a law is approval by the Governor-General on behalf of the Queen Before giving Royal Assent to a bill, the Governor-General must be satisfied that it has passed both houses of Parliament. After the bill is signed, it becomes a law called an Act of Parliament #Music#

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