The Law Making Process in Australia and Hong Kong Essay

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In a liberal democratic society, the country should be ruled by law not by man. Whether a society is well developed or not, it largely depends on how perfect the law system of that society is. According to Justice Ginsburg, "Judges need critical commentary. We need law to defend us against unfair comment in the press." Law acts as a constraint of citizen's behavior, it judges right and wrong, or more common to call, legal or illegal. Being a college student, it shows a responsibility to know the importance of law as well as the similarities and differences of law making process in Australia and Hong Kong.

The law making process in Australia and Hong Kong shows similarities in the initial five steps including introduction, committee
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A committee can also kill the bill by failing to act on it. Or they may issue a report on a bill that is favorable with amendments, committee substitute, unfavorable or without opinion. After then, if the bill is reported favorably, it will be approved to introduce into Parliament or Legislative Council for first reading. The bill is printed copies so as to distribute to all members of Parliament or Legislative Council. They will discuss the general merits and principles of the bill. After the first reading is completed, it will pass to the next step called second reading. It is a stage that the bill is read second time and sent to ruled government members. The ministers will give details about the bill intended to achieve in the community. In the second reading, all the details of the bill will be discussed and debated by the members of Parliament or Legislative Council. Any changes and amendments which are suggested maybe included in the bill as well. When no further debate is remained, the bill will go into final stage called third reading which is a voting stage. Members of Parliament or Legislative Council will vote for passing the bill. The bill must be approved by at least two-fifths of the General Assembly and by majority of members present and voting.

When the bill finishes passing all the stages in the Parliament or Legislative Council, it will be sent to the head government

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