Worksheet 7: Suggesting
a law change to a Select Committee of Parliament
How laws are made and how New Zealanders get to have
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'.
the class into two.
- (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 chosen.
- (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 may answer.
- (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.