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Worksheet 7: Suggesting a law change to a Select Committee of Parliament
How laws are made and how New Zealanders get to have their say
- Discuss with your
teacher which problem you think Parliament should have a law on. Decide
which 'law reform' you will prepare to discuss with the 'Select Committee'.
- Divide the class
- (10 min) One group
will prepare to act as MPs, from all parties in Parliament, on the
'Select Committee'. It will consider the law reform topic you have
- (20 min) The other
group divides into small teams. Elect a chairperson. Elect a secretary.
Discuss ideas you want to propose on the law reform topic you have
chosen. Help your secretary and chairperson write your submission for
the Select Committee.
- Your Select Committee
meets. Each small team, in turn, presents its submissions to the Select
Committee. The Select Committee members may ask questions which teams
- (10 min) The Select
Committee chairperson leads discussion amongst committee members and
sums up the consensus, or takes a vote, to report to Parliament on
the proposed law reform.