While the MPs holiday, we must work
What do Parliamentarians do in late December and January – they go on holidays!
What do voluntary organisations, and people who care about Australia’s laws and democracy do in late December and January – they are heads down, bums up, in front of a computer and books.
The reason? The holidaying MPs have left a cartload of work for others to do…while the MPs play.
The only chance groups like Civil Liberties Australia have to lodge submissions is to work over the holidays: the MPs have ensured they get their personal holidays at the expense of other people’s holidays.
Here are the requests for submissions received in December by CLA, with their deadlines :
Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs LEGISLATION Committee:
- a. Inquiry into Migration Amendment Bill 2013 (Provisions): Closing date: 13 January 2014
- b. Criminal Code Amend. (Harming Australians) Bill 2013: Closing date: 21 January 2014
- c. Migration Amend. (Regain. Control Over Aust’s Protection Obligations) Bill 2013: Closing date: 23 January 2014
Independent National Security Legislation Monitor: one inquiry into: Closing: 10 Feb 2013
- Crimes (Foreign Incursions and Recruitment) Act 1978 (Cth)
- Terrorism offences under Pt 5.3 Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth)
- Part IIIAAA Defence Act 1903 (Cth)
- Australian passport cancellation under Australian Passports Act 2005 (Cth)
Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs REFERENCES Committee:
Inquiry into revising T’comms (Interception and Access) Act 1979. Closing date: 27 Feb 2014
We thought that MPs were the ones serving the people, not the other way around. It might be timely to remind MPs that they get paid about $300,000 a year or more, in cash and perks…and we get not a cent to help them do their work for them (analyzing Bills and legislation), during their holidays.
Of course, there’s a host of other items on which we might like to comment if we had the resources and the time, such as A Claim of Public Interest Immunity Raised over Documents or the Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Above the Line Voting) Bill 2013.
NOTE: CLA has put its subs up on 1 Jan 2014 for the first time since forming in 2003, a decade ago. Our members even pay for the privilege of doing MPs’ work for them.
– Bill Rowlings OAM, CEO of Civil Liberties Australia