Under scrutiny: Reflecting on the power of review in the Upper House

The Legislative Council is known as the 'House of Review', and the exercise of its 'review' function – and in particular the volume of activity in this space –  is setting the 57th Parliament apart from ones that have come before. Let's take a look at how the Council's powers of scrutiny have been used … Continue reading Under scrutiny: Reflecting on the power of review in the Upper House

Explainer: Budget Week and the annual appropriation bills

It's Budget Week! While most people have heard of the Budget, the key pieces of legislation contained within it – the annual appropriation bills – are less often discussed. This explainer looks at what exactly these bills are, their role, and the options available to the Legislative Council during its consideration of these bills.  What … Continue reading Explainer: Budget Week and the annual appropriation bills

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