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    2.10 Considering fundamental legislative principles

    Policy and legislative development should always occur within the broader framework of the principles of good legislation, including the fundamental legislative principles.

    Fundamental legislative principles need to be considered in policy development for a government Bill. Fundamental legislative principles are the principles relating to legislation that underlie a parliamentary democracy based on the rule of law (Legislative Standards Act 1992, section 4(1)). The principles include requiring that legislation has sufficient regard to the rights and liberties of individuals and the institution of Parliament.

    Chapter 7 deals separately with this topic.

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    Last updated:
    18 May, 2016
    Last reviewed:
    13 November, 2013