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Drafting Manual for Members’ Bills for Pacific Island Parliaments

Published date: 6 Mar 2016

This manual is a resource for those who draft members’ bills for Pacific Island parliaments. Members’ bills are an important means of increasing members’ participation in the democratic process by giving them a voice to express policies that are important to them or their constituents. The manual sets out the responsibilities of the sponsoring member and drafter, gives guidance on clear drafting and style, and contains a template for drafting members’ bills. It brings together resources on drafting members’ bills, especially material prepared by the Parliamentary Counsel Office of New Zealand for Pacific legislative drafting.