Women's enfranchisement - a look at important legislation from the 1900s

Looking back: Women’s enfranchisement in NSW

Friday 27 August 2021 marked the 119th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote in NSW under the NSW Women's Franchise Act 1902. This was an important step in the enfranchisement of women, however, it was but the first stage in an uphill battle towards women's social and political equality in the state. This … Continue reading Looking back: Women’s enfranchisement in NSW

In the House on 14 September 2021

In the House – Tuesday 14 September 2021

On Tuesday the Legislative Council met for the first time since June, albeit looking a little different than usual! Screens were installed at the rear of the Chamber to allow members to appear remotely, while only a 'quorum' of members were physically present. The sitting lasted for just under an hour, before the President left … Continue reading In the House – Tuesday 14 September 2021

In Committees: Recent reports from the Upper House

Talk about busy! The Legislative Council's committees have released eight inquiry reports over the last several weeks, touching on everything from plastic waste reduction to a particular breed of 'zombies'. Scroll down to find information on each of the new reports, or use the links below if you wish to jump directly to a specific … Continue reading In Committees: Recent reports from the Upper House

Meet the Speaker of the National Parliament of Solomon Islands

Twin Peeks: Meet the Speaker of the National Parliament of Solomon Islands, the Hon Patteson Oti

Through the parliamentary twinning program, the NSW Parliament is paired with the parliaments of Solomon Islands and Bougainville. In this edition of Twin Peeks, we feature an interview with the Honourable Patteson Oti, Speaker of the National Parliament of Solomon Islands… Can you give us a quick overview of the National Parliament of Solomon Islands? … Continue reading Twin Peeks: Meet the Speaker of the National Parliament of Solomon Islands, the Hon Patteson Oti

An unusual procedure: the splitting of bills

Splitting up is hard to do… but the Council manages just fine!

Our blog post for the last sitting week included a comprehensive explanation of the proceedings on the Electoral Legislation Amendment (Local Government Elections) Bill 2021. This week we're taking a closer look at the unusual procedure the House used to divide or 'split' the bill. This is a rare occurrence in the Legislative Council, having … Continue reading Splitting up is hard to do… but the Council manages just fine!

A closer look at parliamentary twinning

Twin Peeks: A closer look at parliamentary ‘twinning’

Parliamentary twinning is a program that pairs parliaments across the Pacific, but what does that mean in practice? Find out more in this quick overview, as we aim to keep connected to our colleagues in Bougainville and Solomon Islands, despite the challenges posed by the pandemic. TWINNING BASICS The twinning program, initiated by the Commonwealth … Continue reading Twin Peeks: A closer look at parliamentary ‘twinning’

Under scrutiny: Reflecting on the power of review in the Upper House

The Legislative Council is known as the 'House of Review', and the exercise of its 'review' function – and in particular the volume of activity in this space –  is setting the 57th Parliament apart from ones that have come before. Let's take a look at how the Council's powers of scrutiny have been used … Continue reading Under scrutiny: Reflecting on the power of review in the Upper House