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Defining the policy objective
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Do all the provisions of the proposed legislation clearly relate to the policy objectives and purpose of the proposed legislation?
The provisions of the proposed legislation should be consistent with its purpose and the policy that underlies it.
Each provision should relate to a policy objective that underlies the legislation. Conducting a regular review of the content of proposed legislation will help ensure consistency with the legislative objective, particularly in circumstances where the broad policy objectives have not been clearly identified at the outset or have developed during the legislative process.
Due to the pressures on Parliamentary time, it is becoming increasingly common for bills already in the House to be used as a means of passing provisions that might otherwise have justified separate legislation. Additional provisions must be consistent with the policy objective and purpose of the bill; or the description of the purpose of the bill should be amended to reflect the introduction of the new provisions.