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During government business days this week the House passed bills concerning birth certificates for adopted people and police promotions. The House also debated a matter of public importance.
Wednesday's sitting was dominated by the consideration of bills relating to music festivals and another about meeting critical water needs for certain regional areas. Read all about it in our blog.
On Wednesday, the House debated a Matter of Public Importance concerning Crown Resorts; and a bill about online betting was introduced.Meanwhile, the Reproductive Health Care Reform Bill passed the LA. More news on this coming soon.
The new Parliament's first bill was passed and the first committee report tabled. Debate on the Address-in-Reply to the Governor's speech continued, two new members gave their first speech and an Assembly bill was declared urgent.
The House debated the Address-in-Reply to The Governor, the Library Amendment Bill was introduced, the first draw for Private Members' Business was conducted, and new sessional orders relating to Question Time were put to the test.
Most of the day was spent debating significant changes to the laws on adoption, the two Houses of Parliament resolve a six-month disagreement and another member farewells the Legislative Council.
A day of bulk-billing for the House of Review.
Coal seam gas exploration and bills regarding combat sports, fair trading, charitable fundraising, drones above and intimate relationships in prisons, and a tax on betting.
On the final day of a busy sitting week two private members' bills were introduced: on tree thinning in two national parks and another to prohibit advertising of gambling, and the House debated three private members' motions.