Last week the House debated a motion to refer the Reproductive Health Care Reform Bill 2019 to a committee for inquiry, and a Matter of Public Importance concerning Crown Resorts. Four bills were also introduced and nine orders for papers agreed to.

On Tuesday, the second reading debate on the Reproductive Health Care Reform Bill 2019 resumed in the Assembly seeking to decriminalise abortion in New South Wales. In our House, a motion was debated to refer the provisions of the bill to the Standing Committee on Social Issues for inquiry with a reporting date of 20 August 2019. Revd Nile sought to extend the reporting date of the inquiry to November 2019, with his amendment defeated on division (5:33). The committee has commenced its inquiry and it is expected the bill will be considered by the Council in the next sitting week.

One government bill was introduced into the House last week: the Gambling Legislation Amendment (Online and Other Betting) Bill 2019. Three other bills were introduced by private members: the Tree Thinning Operations; the Crimes Amendment (Zoe’s Law) Bill 2019; and the Repeal of Kosciuszko Wild Horse Heritage Legislation Bill 2019.

On Wednesday, the House debated a Matter of Public Importance concerning Crown Resorts and the granting of the VIP gaming facility casino licence in New South Wales which was moved by Mr Field, an Independent member of the Council.

Thursday was a bumper private members’ day with the House agreeing to consider a list of 20 items including nine orders for papers which were all agreed to. Details of all orders for papers, including due dates and documents returned, can be viewed on our Orders for Papers webpage.

Thursday also saw the establishment of a Select Committee on Animal Cruelty Laws in New South Wales with the inquiry to commence in October 2019.

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