A bill is a proposal for a law or a change to existing law.
A bill becomes law (an Act) when agreed to in identical form by both houses of Parliament and assented to by the Governor-General. The House of Representatives Selection Committee and the Senate Selection of Bills Committee routinely consider whether bills should be referred to committees for inquiry that invites the public to submit submissions.
When 12 or more Australian citizens with no previous connection to one another come together to review a bill drafted by another citizen they become a body of persons randomly selected to decide a verdict of “support or no support” with regard to the proposed bill, based upon the information presented to them by the author.
On the 1st January 2020, the author of POL-CPB made a public announcement inviting people to review the proposed Bill, and over 100 people within 7 days responded.
Concurrent to this, an online petition to the Australian public was published and today, an outline of the bill has received 3,767 views. Of those that viewed 1,819 provided contact details including a valid email address in support of the bill. Of those that did not provide contact details, 488 shared the petition with others. The number of supporters of the bill continues to grow daily.
If there was one paragraph from the explanatory notes that represents the bill’s ” spirit of the law” it would be:
“The enactment of Article 3 Commonwealth legislation will assert that there are many trustworthy Citizens of good character. It is submitted that these are people that in specific circumstances should be permitted to possess an appropriately regulated device under secure and responsible management on the basis of the probability that life or lives will be preserved in response to a grievous attack upon the innocent“
On the 22nd February 2020, a letter was snail-mailed to each of the Senators of the Australian Senate. A few of the Senators kindly wrote back.
It is hoped that the Senate Selection of Bills Committee will conduct an inquiry that invites the public and interest groups to submit submissions for consideration.
The contents of the bill in draft format and its explanatory notes and findings from the research are presented on this website. We invite the public and interest groups to review the information and provide constructive criticism, opinions, and helpful suggestions.
It is anticipated that the final version of the bill will be released sometime during 2022.
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