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Parliament's internal rules applying to non-members

Yes The Browne-Fitzpatrick Privilege Case in 1955 resulted in the two being gaoled for 90 days for breaching the privilege of the Australian Parliament. They were, respectively, the owner and editor ...
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Why adjourn the House of Commons effective in half an hour?

It's the mechanism used to allow for adjournment debates: An adjournment debate is a way in the Commons of enabling a debate to take place but without a question which the House must then decide. An ...
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Parliament's internal rules applying to non-members

canada House of Commons Procedure and Practice: Privileges and Immunities: Power to Discipline: Whether it is against its own Members, staff or “strangers”, the House has the power to discipline ...
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Without judicial review, what is the point of the Dutch constitution?

Compliance with the Dutch Constitution is evaluated pre-enactment, rather than post-enactment as indicated below. The Dutch Constitution prohibits the courts from reviewing the constitutionality ...
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Who actually drafts legislation in all its nitty gritty detail in the U.K.?

Parliamentary draftspeople The Office of the Parliamentary Counsel is a group of government lawyers who specialise in drafting legislation. We work closely with departments to translate policy into ...
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Parliament's internal rules applying to non-members

This comes down to the concept of sovereignty. In parliamentary republics, sovereignty rests in the "People with a capital P" as represented by the parliament in accordance with the ...
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Does parliamentary privilege have unintended consequences for journalism?

Consequence? Yes. Unintended? Not so much. Source Sources of Parliamentary Privilege In new-south-wales, Parliamentary Privilege derives from Article 9 of the Bill of Rights 1688 (no, 1688 is not a ...
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In Canada, how was it legal to pass the Constitution Act 1982 to require certain amendents by unanimity if not all provinces agreed to it?

This was answered in the Reference re: Resolution to Amend the Constitution, [1981] 1 S.C.R. 753 (also known as the Patriation Reference). One of the questions was: Is it a constitutional convention ...
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Which UK "Parliamentary Powers" were used to confiscate Facebook's documents?

Okay, I think that I have found the answer to my own question. TLDR: Parliament technically has the power to summon / fine / imprison anyone, but the applicability of these laws is in doubt as some ...
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UK, Office of National Statistics, personal or organisational right to deny data requests

Of itself, no. The power to compel answers would need to come from statute - either the statute that created the body or a statute relating to a particular data gathering effort.
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(In context of Indian parliament) what do the words "demand" and "grant" mean in the phrase "demand for grant"?

A Demand for Grant is a bill (i.e. piece of proposed legislation) seeking approval for estimated expenditures for a particular department or sub-department of a large department of the national or ...
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