This chapter sets out evidence of the public impact of the four parliamentary committees studied on the case study Acts. ‘Public impact’ means evidence that the parliamentary committee influenced or was considered in public or parliamentary debate on the case study Act or during a post-enactment review of the Act. Evidence of public impact includes reference to the findings or recommendations of a committee in Hansard, media reports or academic commentary, or in reports of post-enactment oversight bodies or review mechanisms. As this chapter explores, the public impact of parliamentary committee work on the way counter-terrorism laws are made, and on their content, can be significant particularly when a longer-term perspective is adopted. This chapter identifies the important deliberative role parliamentary committees play in Australian law making and suggests that a rights-scrutiny culture may be beginning to develop at the federal level that could be a relevant factor to consider when identifying options to improve Australia’s parliamentary model of rights protection.
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