28 Statements of compatibility


(1) A member of Parliament who proposes to introduce a Bill into a House of Parliament must cause a statement of compatibility to be prepared in respect of that Bill.

 

(2) A member of Parliament who introduces a Bill into a House of Parliament, or another member acting on his or her behalf, must cause the statement of compatibility prepared under subsection (1) to be laid before the House of Parliament into which the Bill is introduced before giving his or her second reading speech on the Bill.

Note The obligation in subsections (1) and (2) applies to Ministers introducing government Bills and members of Parliament introducing non-government Bills.

(3) A statement of compatibility must state—

(a) whether, in the member's opinion, the Bill is compatible with human rights and, if so, how it is compatible; and
(b) if, in the member's opinion, any part of the Bill is incompatible with human rights, the nature and extent of the incompatibility.

(4) A statement of compatibility made under this section is not binding on any court or tribunal.