In an earlier post, I commented on the large number of laws enacted in 2009 compared to the previous 10-15 years. At the time I published that post, I couldn’t figure out how to post tables, charts or the Excel spreadsheet that contained the data underpinning the post. I’ve figured it out now – the data is available here and the charts and tables are reproduced below.
(For the tech-wonks, I’ve managed to publish these charts and tables using the “Publish blog” feature in Word 2007. To be honest, this may be the first time I’ve ever felt grateful for a feature in MS Office 2007!)
The chart nicely illustrates my point. In the late 1980s, Parliament enacted around 16-17 laws each year. For most of the 1990s and 2000s, the average fell to just 9 laws per year. In this context, the 20 laws enacted last year certainly suggests that Parliament upped its work rate. Of course, this is a crude measure that is based purely on the quantity of laws, with no reference to quality.
Chart: laws enacted by the Solomon Islands Parliament, 1985-2009
Table 1: Laws enacted per year by the Solomon Islands Parliament (average)
Table 2: Laws enacted by the Solomon Islands Parliament, 1985-2009
(Election years are shaded)
Sources (sites accessed 08/02/10):
- Parliament web site (for 1985-1995 & 2008-09)
- PacLII (for 1996-2007)
- A comparison of the two lists suggests that the Parliament web site is missing one Act in 1996 – the 1997 Appropriation Act 1996.
- A comparison of the two lists suggests that the Parliament web site is missing one Act in 1997 – Mamara-Tasivarongomavo Development Agreement Act 1997.
- A comparison of the two lists suggests that the Parliament web site is missing three Acts in 1999 – Leadership Code (Further Provisions) Act 1999, Honiara City Act 1999 and Forests Act 1999.
- The National Parliament Electoral Provisions (Amendment) Act 2001 was successfully challenged in the High Court prior to the 2001 election and was never enforced.
Tags: Solomons politics