In the House – Wednesday 17 and Thursday 18 February 2021

Things were a little different this sitting week, with private members' business taking centre stage over two consecutive days. Here's what happened... Wednesday, 17 February In short: On Wednesday, the House agreed to a motion indicating its disagreement with the Legislative Assembly's transmission of the Appropriation (Parliament) Bill 2020 to the Governor for assent, notwithstanding … Continue reading In the House – Wednesday 17 and Thursday 18 February 2021

Budget Estimates 2020/21: What’s it all about?

The Legislative Council's portfolio committees are busy getting ready for one of the most significant events in the committee calendar – Budget Estimates. The Budget Estimates hearings are the process by which the Legislative Council scrutinises the budget and the Government’s projected spending for the year – the 'budget estimates'. This is an opportunity for … Continue reading Budget Estimates 2020/21: What’s it all about?

In the House – Tuesday 16 February 2021

We're back! The Legislative Council's first sitting day for 2021 was Tuesday, 16 February. Read on for a recap... On Tuesday, the Council received a number of messages from the Assembly, including one disagreeing to Council amendments to the Appropriation (Parliament) Bill 2020. The Council also agreed to repeal the take-off and landing limits at … Continue reading In the House – Tuesday 16 February 2021

Break on through to the other side: inviting an Assembly minister into the Council

As promised in our final sitting week blog of 2020, we're back to dissect a unique procedural event that occurred during the marathon debate on the Electricity Infrastructure Investment Bill 2020 – the use of Standing Order 163!   What is Standing Order 163 and why is it important? Under the Constitution Act 1902 (NSW), the … Continue reading Break on through to the other side: inviting an Assembly minister into the Council

Budget process inquiry: final committee report delivered

A recent Public Accountability Committee inquiry has shone light on the funding of independent oversight bodies and departments of the Parliament of New South Wales What was the inquiry about? The Legislative Council's Public Accountability Committee self-referred the inquiry in October 2019, to examine the budget process for a range of integrity institutions that support … Continue reading Budget process inquiry: final committee report delivered