After a yearlong inquiry into koala populations and habitat in New South Wales, Portfolio Committee No. 7 – Planning and Environment has tabled and published its final report. The committee made 42 recommendations and 16 findings, which are now with the NSW Government to review and respond to by the end of the year. Given … Continue reading Committee reports: Koala populations and habitat
Let's have a look at some key statistics to see how the first half of 2020 is shaping up!
Over the last week our committees have been setting up new inquiries referred by the House, including a committee into First Nations people in custody, and bills inquiries into RFS donations, water management and stock animal procedures.
On the final sitting days before the winter break, the Upper House elected a new Assistant President, considered a range of private members' bills and motions and passed two items of government legislation. In addition there were further developments regarding a significant non-compliance with an order for the production of government documents.
On Tuesday the Upper House agreed to a censure motion and passed bills concerning the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission, special care offences and criminal procedures where defendants have mental health or cognitive impairments.
On the agenda for committees this week includes COVID-19, poor air quality arising from bushfires and drought, and an amendment to anti-discrimination legislation.
Read our bumper House in Review post where the Legislative Council passed a private members' bill for a moratorium on coal seam gas, Government bills on the regulation of the building industry and work health and safety and debated a range of other motions and bills.
Tuesday saw the Legislative Council disallow a regulation which would have implemented a freeze on public sector wages during the next financial year. The House also passed two bills, including one that aims to ensure that construction in New South Wales is compliant with building standards and another enacting reforms in response to recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
With the Legislative Council returning to a full sitting program in June, refresh your knowledge of private members' business (Wednes)day with our latest blog post.
After twelve months and 12 days, seven Legislative Council Portfolio Committees have finally wrapped up their Inquiry into Budget Estimates 2019-20 and tabled their reports. Take a look at the reports to find out what dominated the discussion of the Budget Estimates hearings and what your ministers and governments had to say in response!