【走近国会】 Select committees 特别委员会
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Select committees are small groups of Members of Parliament (MPs) from different political parties. They work together to look at issues in detail and offer everyone in a New Zealand a chance to have their say.
There are currently 13 subject select committees. Each focuses on different issues that affect New Zealanders including health, education, crime, housing, and commerce. There are also four specialist committees that have specific administrative roles to support Parliament.
Committees vary in size, but tend to have between 6–12 members. The number of committee members from each political party reflects the number of MPs that party has in Parliament overall.
Subject select committees 调查提案中所提出的法律修改部分，审核政府的花销，同时也对请愿进行考量。他们同样对特定领域的主题进行调查，调查国际公约，直接与和议题相关的机构组织联络。
Subject select committees examine proposed changes to the law, review Government spending, and consider petitions. They may also hold inquiries in their specific subject area, examine international treaties, and engage directly with organisations from within their sector.
Committees often seek advice from subject-matter experts and invite submissions from the public, to help them make informed decisions. Submitting gives you a chance to have your say and helps MPs understand how a law change could affect you and other New Zealanders.
Anyone can make a submission to a select committee—even children or people who aren’t from New Zealand. You can make a submission electronically on the Parliament website or send a letter. You can also attend a committee meeting to speak to the MPs in person.
When they’ve heard from submitters, and considered the issue thoroughly, the committee reports back to the House of Representatives with its recommendations.
Democracy works best when everyone has a voice. If you want to find out more about select committees or have a look at what issues are open for submission, check out our website.