Monday, September 26, 2011

The latest on rule of law repeal

The government has announced that its Video Camera Surveillance (Temporary Measures) Bill (AKA Rule of Law Repeal Bill) will be going to select committee. The bill will be given its first reading tomorrow, then sent to the Justice and Electoral Committee for a week of considerations, before being reported back next Monday. This is not an ideal process, but its better than the original plan of ramming it through all three stages without any select committee consideration at all.

Tomorrow I'll post details on how to submit on the bill. If we're lucky, the Parliamentary website will have the usual webform up. Otherwise I'll be looking for an MP to take submissions by email and submit them personally. This bill isn't just of interest to legal academics and constitutional lawyers - its of interest to every single one of us. And we should all have our say on it.