The role of Tasmania’s subordinate legislation committee during the COVID-19 emergency

Brendan Gogarty, Gabrielle Appleby

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On 17 March 2020, Tasmania entered a ‘state of emergency’ in response to COVID-19. Parliament stands adjourned, and the executive is regulating the crisis through delegated regulations that significantly limit civil rights and freedoms. Despite assurances that Tasmania’s Subordinate Legislation Committee would scrutinise executive power throughout the crisis, its role has been limited, due to an overly prescriptive (and we argue incorrect) reading of Tasmania’s scrutiny framework, which has not been properly reformed in several decades. This is a salient lesson as to why constitutional laws require regular review and modernisation, to ensure parliaments remain supreme even (and especially) during crises and emergencies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)188-194
Number of pages7
JournalAlternative Law Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • executive powers
  • Parliament
  • parliamentary scrutiny
  • parliamentary supremacy
  • regulation
  • regulations
  • subordinate legislation

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