The NSW Legislative Council passed three emergency measure bills concerning COVID-19 and agreed to a range of orders for papers motions as the House continued its role in scrutinising the NSW Government.
The Legislative Council sat on Tuesday 24 March in order to urgently consider two bills regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and a bill to provide relief for people affected by the recent bushfires in NSW.
On Tuesday the House passed bills concerning workers compensation, community and charitable gaming activities and penalties for drink- and drug driving behaviour.
On Wednesday the House returned two government bills to the Legislative Assembly without amendment. One of these bills was the National Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse (Commonwealth Powers) Bill 2018, making New South Wales the first jurisdiction to ‘sign up’ to the national redress scheme. A further two government bills were introduced and debate was adjourned for five calendar days.