Seven new parliamentary inquiry reports have been released

In Committees: New inquiry reports shine light on significant issues and bills

Final reports for a number of parliamentary inquiries have been released over the last several weeks, signalling the wrap-up of seven Upper House investigations into significant issues and bills, plus the finalisation of the Budget Estimates inquiries for 2020/21. Read on to learn more, or use the links below to jump straight to the inquiries … Continue reading In Committees: New inquiry reports shine light on significant issues and bills

In the House – from Wednesday 24 March to Wednesday 5 May

From the election of President to new bills and debate on an ICAC referral, here's what happened during recent sittings of the Upper House... Wednesday, 24 March and Tuesday, 4 May ELECTION OF THE PRESIDENT On Wednesday 24 March, the Clerk announced the resignation of the Hon John Ajaka as President and called for nominations … Continue reading In the House – from Wednesday 24 March to Wednesday 5 May

A balance to members’ freedom of speech: Citizen’s right of reply

Freedom of speech – the right to freedom of opinion and expression – is a fundamental universal human right. But what does it mean within the parliamentary context?  Freedom of speech allows Legislative Council members to speak freely during proceedings in the House or in a committee, without fear of prosecution or being sued for … Continue reading A balance to members’ freedom of speech: Citizen’s right of reply

Paint it black: The Usher of the Black Rod – then and now

More than just a cool title, the Usher of the Black Rod plays a fundamental role in the operation of the Legislative Council in NSW. However we didn't come up with the role, nor are we the only parliament with an 'Usher'. If this intrigues you, let us usher you through a brief history, from … Continue reading Paint it black: The Usher of the Black Rod – then and now