Areas in the House set aside for the public, the press and distinguished visitors who wish to attend a sitting.
An election following dissolution at which MPs are selected for every electoral district. MPs are elected by a simple plurality of the votes, which are cast by secret ballot.
The political party/group of parties (coalition) with the most representatives in the Parliament usually forms the Government
Any bill introduced by a Minister.
Any bill or motion introduced in the House by a Minister or Parliamentary Secretary.
A clause protecting a prerogative of an individual or a collectivity from being affected by the new legislation.
A document containing Government policy proposals, issued for discussion purposes. Such a document does not represent a Government commitment to introduce legislation or to adopt a particular position.
Distinguish: white paper.
Synonym: discussion paper.