The second last week before Christmas is traditionally a quiet time for committees – not in 2019. Last week, there was a hearing every day as four committees worked right up until the end of the year, finishing up the year with a visit to Gunnedah.
This week we take a look at the ins and outs of committee site visits: what they are used for, where they take place and how committees decide where to go. What? A committee site visit is when a committee visits a site to get more information for an inquiry. They are a great way … Continue reading Committee site visits: What, where, how?
This week In Committees, the State Development Committee considers whether to repeal the ban on uranium mining, Portfolio Committee No. 5 tables its report into the Road Transport Amendment (Mobile Phone Detection) Bill 2019, and animal welfare is under the spotlight with two committees inquiring into the welfare of circus animals and exhibited cetaceans, and the effectiveness of animal cruelty laws.
Our portfolio committees have just completed a second round of Estimates hearings for 2019-2020 – supplementary hearings. What are supplementary hearings? The Budget Estimates resolution allows portfolio committees to hold another round of hearings after the initial round. Supplementary hearings are usually an opportunity for members to question Ministers and senior public servants on any … Continue reading Budget Estimates Round Two: Supplementary Hearings
This week in committees, we provide updates on site visits from a committee seeking to identify ways to protect at-risk koala populations, and site visits to schools for the inquiry into measurement and outcome-based funding for schools. As always, you can find more information on these and many other inquiries on our website. Identifying ways … Continue reading In Committees – Spotlight on site visits
Inquiries into circus animals, coal seam gas, hate crimes against gay and transgender people, coal ash repositories, the use of mobile phones while driving, and even the parliament's budget process…. our new inquiries, find out more!
Site visits provide opportunities for committees to gather information beyond submissions and hearings. Today's blog post takes you through a committee's recent site visit to Warragamba Dam.
The Law and Justice committee is focusing its current review of the dust diseases scheme on silicosis in the manufactured stone industry. Silicosis is a lung disease caused by inhalation of crystalline silica dust. The committee at its hearing on 16 September heard about the dangers of working with manufactured stone, given the high concentration … Continue reading Committees spotlight: Silicosis in the manufactured stone industry
If you've seen the Budget Estimates resolution for this year, you may have noticed that it looks slightly different to Budget Estimates resolutions gone by. As we mentioned in our previous Budget Estimates post, each year, the House refers the budget papers to the 7 portfolio committees for inquiry and report. As always, the Budget … Continue reading Budget Estimates: Spot the difference
This week, committees inquire into the Reproductive Health Care Reform Bill, scrutinise new rules for music festivals, hear from residents of the Mascot Towers about NSW Building Standards and learn about threats to koalas in NSW.