To a lay person this may seem like not much was done... after all only 16 Acts were assented to in one year, however there is a process to bills becoming law and there are bills which move quickly through the process. The process depends on the following:
- Types of Bills
- Powers of the Houses in respect of Bills: House of Representative and the Senate
See http://www.ttparliament.org/publications.php?mid=66, for further information and access to the site.
One of the main objectives of the process is to allow for views by persons who represent interests of the society. This happens in the House of Representatives and the Senate.
Currently there are approximately 10 Bills which are still in various stages of work in this 3rd session of the 10th Republican Parliament which runs from 10 July 2012 to 10 July 2013. Most of the bills relate to other areas of law such as The Births and Death Registration (Amendment) Bill 2012, The Beverage Containers Bill 2012 and The Securities Bill 2012. see http://www.ttparliament.org/publications.php?mid=28
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