The day for private members’ business in the Legislative Council, Wednesday saw the House debating some 15 motions, covering everything from high-profile public incidents and the NSW Budget, through to community initiatives and anniversaries. Meanwhile, another of the House’s cohort of new members delivered her first speech in the chamber. Read on for more…


As part of formal business on Wednesday morning, the Upper House’s Procedure Committee was established for the 58th Parliament. Chaired by the President, the committee is responsible for considering and proposing any changes to the practices and procedures of the House (including amendments to its standing orders), and for undertaking inquiries relating to procedural matters as referred to it by the House or President.

As an example of its work, in the previous Parliament the Procedure Committee undertook a complete review of the House’s standing orders, resulting in the adoption of these revised orders at the end of 2022. The committee also conducted an important inquiry into the use of Auslan in the broadcast of Upper House proceedings, the recommendations of which can be seen in the signed video available on the Parliament’s website

The new membership of the Procedure Committee can be found here.


Under standing order 240, the Government is required to provide a response to all recommendations outlined in an Upper House committee inquiry report within three months of the report being tabled. The President is also required to report to the House if this deadline for response is not met, with the Leader of the Government in the House then called upon to provide an explanation.

On Wednesday, the President drew attention to responses being overdue for four reports, dealing with the Western Harbour Tunnel, ambulance ramping, water trading and Barangaroo sight lines respectively. In her explanation, Leader of the Government the Hon Penny Sharpe spoke to the Parliament being prorogued earlier in the year and tabled a letter outlining the Government’s position, though advised responses to the reports would be provided by the end of June. Read more in the Hansard record.


At the March state election there were 11 new members elected to the Council, alongside 10 re-elected members of the House – that means over the coming sitting weeks, there’ll be a number of first speeches delivered!

On Wednesday, the Hon Susan Carter (Liberal) was the latest member to deliver a first speech, addressing a chamber of colleagues and loved ones, and audiences tuning in online. Ms Carter was sworn in as a member of the Council and signed the official roll of the House during Opening of Parliament proceedings earlier this month.

Find Ms Carter’s first speech in full here.


The following motions were debated in the House over the course of the day:

Topic of motion (click link for details)Moved byAgreed to?
Homelessness and companion animalsThe Hon Emma Hurst (Animal Justice Party)Agreed to
Police incident on 17 May (taser use)The Hon Damien Tudehope (Liberal)Agreed to, as amended
Coal project approvalsMs Cate Faehrmann (The Greens)Negatived
The former government’s disclosure of pressures on the NSW BudgetThe Hon Peter Primrose (Labor)Agreed to on division (Ayes: 25/Noes: 13)
Recreational boating facilitiesThe Hon Mark Banasiak (Shooters, Fishers and Farmers)Agreed to, as amended
Qantas outsourcingThe Hon Mark Buttigieg (Labor)Agreed to
Support for regional apprentices and university studentsThe Hon Sam Farraway (Nationals)Negatived on division (Ayes: 16/Noes: 21)
The hanging of Singaporean National Mr Tangaraju SuppiahThe Hon Jeremy Buckingham (Legalise Cannabis Party)Agreed to
Cleanaway waste collection workers (with debate interrupted for a members’ first speech, see the rest of the debate on this motion here)The Hon Mark Buttigieg (Labor)Agreed to
SilicosisMs Abigail Boyd (The Greens)Agreed to, as amended
Israel’s 75th Independence DayThe Hon Natalie Ward (Liberal)Agreed to, as amended
AgriFutures Rural Women’s AwardThe Hon Sarah Kaine (Labor)Agreed to

In addition to the above motions debated in the chamber, the following motions were agreed to without debate, during the morning’s formal business:


There were three orders for papers debated in the House on Wednesday:

Request (click link for details)Moved byAgreed to?Due date
Papers regarding the Safe Staffing Working GroupThe Hon Damien Tudehope (Liberal)Negatived on division (Ayes: 17/Noes: 22)N/A
Papers regarding the Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipThe Hon Natalie Ward (Liberal)Negatived on division (Ayes: 13/Noes: 23)N/A
Papers regarding the lighting of the Opera House sailsThe Hon Chris Rath (Liberal)Negatived on division (Ayes: 15/Noes: 19)N/A


Wednesday was light on reports and papers in the House, with the April 2023 Report of the Independent Statutory Review of the Ageing and Disability Commissioner Act 2019 tabled by the Leader of the Government in the House, the Hon Penny Sharpe.

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