Decoding the names of bills


If a bill does not say “Amendment” in its title it is either:

  • Entirely new law on a previously unlegislated area, or
  • It plans to so completely rewrite an existing act that calling it an amendment would be misleading.

For example this week Parliament looks likely to approve the Protected Disclosures (Protection of Whistleblowers) Bill.

Feel free to decode the name of that bill from what you now know.

In this case the Bill changes existing whistleblower legislation but rather than tweaking it, it just rewrites it entirely. So it drops the ‘amendment’ suffix.

If you want a description of the Bill you can listen to Chris Hipkins in the audio above.

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