Hidden Impact

  • Sarah Moulds


This chapter sets out evidence of the hidden or behind-the-scenes impact of the four parliamentary committees on the case study Acts. ‘Hidden impact’ means the role a parliamentary committee, or the system of committees, plays in the pre-introduction development of a Bill. This type of impact is described as ‘hidden’ as it often occurs prior to a Bill being introduced into Parliament and concerns the activities of public servants and parliamentary counsel, outside of the public gaze. This chapter focuses particularly on the role of public servants, parliamentary counsel and parliamentary committee staff and gathers evidence and insights from interviews with these key players in the process. This chapter further develops the findings made in Chap.  6 to identify some key features of an emerging rights scrutiny culture within the Australian Parliament, whilst also identifying the barriers key ‘behind the scenes’ participants face when seeking to improve the rights compliance of Australia’s counter-terrorism laws.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sarah Moulds
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  1. 1.Justice and SocietyUniversity of South AustraliaAdelaideAustralia

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