Wednesday’s private members’ day brought a variety of debate to the chamber, with the introduction of a new bill to prevent the use of gassing devices in abattoirs, and a bill seeking to reform the management of property services negatived at its second reading. With a first speech delivered and new parliamentary inquiries also announced, read on for more…

INTRODUCED: PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS AMENDMENT (GASSING DEVICES PROHIBITION) BILL 2023

The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Amendment (Gassing Devices Prohibition) Bill 2023 was introduced by the Hon Emma Hurst (Animal Justice Party). The bill seeks to amend the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979 to make it an offence to use gassing devices on pigs in abattoirs. Gassing devices emit a gas such as carbon dioxide to induce loss of consciousness in a pig, and are usually used prior to slaughter. Ms Hurst said that research has shown exposure to carbon dioxide at high concentrations is a welfare concern, arguing it is highly aversive and causes pain, fear and respiratory distress in pigs, and that its use should be banned.

You can find further details in Ms Hurst’s second reading speech.

After its introduction in the chamber, the bill was adjourned for five calendar days, according to standing order.

NEGATIVED: PROPERTY SERVICES COUNCIL BILL 2023

Debate on the second reading of the Property Services Council Bill 2023, earlier introduced by the Hon Mark Banasiak (Shooters, Fishers and Farmers), resumed from 31 May 2023. As indicated previously, the bill provides for the creation of a Property Services Council for NSW, which would assume responsibility for various property services functions that currently sit with NSW Fair Trading. For more details, see our previous blog entry.

On the resumption of the second reading debate, contributions were heard from members of the Government, the Opposition and The Greens, who all spoke in opposition to the bill. See all members contributions in the Hansard record. At the conclusion of the debate, the second reading of the bill was negatived on the voices.

FIRST SPEECH OF THE HON JOHN RUDDICK

On Wednesday evening, the Hon John Ruddick (Liberal Democratic Party) delivered his first speech in the chamber to an audience of colleagues, family and friends. A full copy of Mr Ruddick’s speech can be found in the Hansard record.

Mr Ruddick was among the Council’s new cohort of members elected at the March state election, and was officially sworn in during Opening of Parliament proceedings back in May (also pictured below).

NEW PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRIES

The establishment of two new Legislative Council inquiries was reported in the House on Wednesday, including a Premier and Finance Committee inquiry into artificial intelligence in NSW, and, following a reference from the Treasurer, a State Development Committee inquiry into the state’s Debt Retirement Fund.

During formal business, the House also agreed to refer to its Privileges Committee an inquiry concerning the execution of search warrants by the Australian Federal Police.

You can find details of all parliamentary inquiries on the Parliament’s website.

GENERAL MOTIONS

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

Topic of motion (click link for details)Moved byAgreed to?
Simon CreanThe Hon Bob Nanva (Labor)Agreed to
Native forest logging in koala habitatsThe Hon Jeremy Buckingham (Legalise Cannabis Party)Agreed to on division (Ayes: 19/Noes: 16)
Regional seniors travel cardThe Hon Sam Farraway (Nationals)Agreed to, as amended and on division (Ayes: 20/Noes: 14)
Al-Nakbah commemoration event 2023The Hon Anthony D’Adam (Labor)Agreed to, as amended
NSW Health staffingDr Amanda Cohn (The Greens)Agreed to, as amended
WestConnexThe Hon Natalie WardNegatived on division (Ayes: 12/Noes: 22)

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

ORDERS FOR PAPERS

Request (click link for details)Moved byAgreed to?Due date
Papers relating to the tasering incident in CoomaThe Hon Natalie Ward (Liberal)Agreed to, as amended12 July 2023
Papers relating to liquor and gaming compliance checksMs Cate Faehrmann (The Greens)Agreed to, as amended4 August 2023
NSW Generations FundThe Hon Damien Tudehope (Liberal)Negatived on division (Ayes: 15/Noes: 21)N/A

REPORTS TABLED AND REPORTED IN THE HOUSE

Among the documents tabled in the House on Wednesday was the Statutory Review Report: Terrorism Police Powers Act 2002 (a May 2023 report of the Department of Communities and Justice)

Receipt of six government responses to committee reports were also announced (including for joint committee reports), including for:

A full list of other documents received and tabled can be found in the Tabled Papers Database.

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