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Step into a car these days and for most of us it’s second nature – fasten your seat belt. But it hasn’t always been that...

Posted by Parliament of Victoria on Monday, 8 October 2018

Shepparton Visit

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The Parliament of Victoria visited Shepparton as part of a three day visit to the towns of Mooroopna, Tatura, Numurkah and Nathalia.

The presentations were part of activities celebrating the 50 year anniversary of the Committees Act 1968 and covered:


Staff from Parliament House explained the work of parliamentary committees using video clips, props (including a replica Mace and gowns) and goggles for a 3D tour of Parliament House.  

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Celebrating the work of Committees

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This year marks 50 years since a comprehensive Parliamentary Committtees Act was introduced in Victoria in 1968. Recommendations made by Victorian parliamentary committees have helped to bring about significant reforms.

One example is world first legislation that made wearing of seat belts in motor vehicles compulsory. 

Reforms to assisted reproduction law were introduced after a parliamentary committee investigation that heard from a range of people. It’s one example of how community input to parliamentary committee inquiries has shaped changes to Victoria’s laws in the 50 years since a comprehensive Parliamentary Committees Act was introduced. 

Road safety was a focus of several public inquiries after the Parliamentary Committees Act was passed by the Victorian Parliament in 1968. Evidence collected during those inquiries helped to bring about major changes in the law, including random breath testing for drivers.

Concerns about teenagers sending explicit images via phone and email prompted a parliamentary committee inquiry that helped bring about Australia’s first law to deal with ‘sexting’ in 2014. It’s one example of how parliamentary committees have influenced law reform in the five decades since the introduction of the Parliamentary Committees Act.

Checking on the actions and spending of government agencies has been a key role of the Public Accounts and Estimates Committee during the 50 years since the establishment of a Parliamentary Committees Act. That scrutiny has led to a number of significant reforms, including in the area of child protection.

People often ask what impact parliamentary committees have. Here’s an interesting result from a committee inquiry into youth pursuing careers in agriculture.

Committees have tackled a number of complex issues in the 50 years since the introduction of a Parliamentary Committees Act. One public inquiry helped to bring about action to deal with the impacts of drug use. 

50 Years of Committees Act

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This year marks 50 years since a comprehensive Parliamentary Committtees Act was introduced in Victoria in 1968. Recommendations made by Victorian parliamentary committees have helped to bring about significant reforms. Over the next few months, the Parliament will celebrate the work of Committees through a number of activities.  

 

Enhancing committee processes

Parliamentary committees make recommendations on ways in which laws and public administration can be improved. But there are also ways in which committee processes could be enhanced? We asked three MPs for their views.

 

  

Paying attention to Committees

Parliamentary Committees enable members of Parliament from all sides of politics to work together on issues affecting the community.  We asked three MPs who have worked on some significant public inquiries whether governments and the public service pay enough atttention to the work of committees.

 

Why Committees matter

With the new parliament underway, we asked some MPs about the work that parliamentary committees undertake through public inquiries and why it matters.

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