Make a submission
A Parliamentary Select Committee is an important part of the democratic process and law making.
It is where proposed laws are scrutinised and debated by the Members of Parliament who sit on the committee. It is a chance to fix any mistakes, oversights or omissions in draft legislation and avoid any unintended consequences if it was introduced.
More importantly, it provides the opportunity for any New Zealander to have their say on a proposed piece of legislation by making a submission.
This ensures MPs are fully informed about the impact the new law they are considering will have on the public.
It also provides them with an opportunity to see how popular or unpopular a new law is and gauge any potential political backlash.
These submissions are made in writing but anyone who is making a submission can also ask to make a verbal presentation to the Select Committee.
Submissions on the Conservation (Indigenous Freshwater Fish) Amendment Bill are now open and close on October 25.
Parliament’s website contains detailed advice on making a submission to a Select Committee. Click here
Ready to make your submission on this Bill? Click here and look for the green bar down the page that says 'I'm ready to make my submission.'
Another quick and easy action you can take is sign a petition opposing the bill - just click here to do it now!
Click here for a link to the Environment Select Committee and the Conservation (Indigenous Freshwater Fish) Amendment Bill.
The full text of the Conservation (Indigenous Freshwater Fish) Amendment Bill can be read here
Have your say!