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the bill of cake

This is a speech written by Jessica Koops when she was a Year 6 student from Clovelly Public School, as part of her class work about Governments.

Making a law is like making a cake.

As making cakes are one of the most important things a cake shop does, making laws are one of the most important things Parliament does.

When cake making, first you have to get all your ingredients together. When law-making, the idea for a new law or an alteration of an existing law must be written down in the form of a Bill. Just like someone writing down the recipe for a cake.

Parliament starts its first formal consideration of a Bill with the First Reading, mixing the liquids and solids. Historically, the Clerk (chef) was required to read the whole Bill or recipe but as recipes aren’t in full sentences anymore, the Clerk only has to read the heading.

No other debate occurs after the First Reading. The relevant minister then moves a motion that the Bill be read a second time and then outlines the policy and intensions of the Bill; as the chef would be mixing the rest of the ingredients together.

When the minister has finished, the opposition and other members are allowed to make speeches indicating any support or criticism of the Bill; while the chef would be dipping his finger in the mix to taste it.

Only after the Second Reading debate is over and the bill has been agreed upon can it move on to the next stage. Just as the chef can only pour the mix into the tray and prepare it for cooking when the mix is just right and enough necessary alterations have been made.

The Third Reading has very little to do because there is very little it is allowed to do. Just like putting the cake into the oven is a very small job.

In this reading, they’re not allowed to debate anything that has been debated before so all they do is read the Bill and vote.

Both houses of Parliament must agree on the Bill before it can be signed by the Clerk to get Royal Assent. Same as the cake must be properly cooked before it gets decorated.

The Bill is taken by the presiding officer and the Clerk to the Governor for Royal Assent. While the chef takes his cake to another cook in the cake shop to be decorated.

Once signed by the Governor it becomes a new law. It may either come into immediate effect or be announced later. Just as the cake can be sold plain or decorated with yummy icing.

YG Question: Has Jessica used food as a metaphor (using food to describe something which isn’t really food), or within a simile (comparing two things, essentially unalike, but resembling each other)?

Note Jessica gave YG permission to publish her work.

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