Data – laws enacted by Solomons Parliament

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):

  1. Parliament web site (for 1985-1995 & 2008-09)
    http://www.parliament.gov.sb/index.php?q=node/13
  2. PacLII (for 1996-2007)
    http://www.paclii.org/sb/indices/legis/Acts_1996-.htm

Notes:

  1. A comparison of the two lists suggests that the Parliament web site is missing one Act in 1996 – the 1997 Appropriation Act 1996.
  2. A comparison of the two lists suggests that the Parliament web site is missing one Act in 1997 – Mamara-Tasivarongomavo Development Agreement Act 1997.
  3. 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.
  4. The National Parliament Electoral Provisions (Amendment) Act 2001 was successfully challenged in the High Court prior to the 2001 election and was never enforced.
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  1. Solomons parliament – a high work rate « Harry Greenwell's Blog Says:

    […] (16/02/10): all the supporting data for this post is now available here. Possibly related posts: (automatically generated)Solomons elections 2010 – a tasty date?2010 […]

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