This week kicked off with two days of hearings for the inquiry into the future development of the New South Wales tertiary education sector.
The House agreed to two orders for papers, introduced four bills and established four new committee inquiries. As 10 items were taken in short form under the new Sessional Orders, 13 private members' items were able to be considered.
Legislation on reproductive technology, the Mental Health Commission, a residential college at Sydney University and the ways the Government may purchase goods and services was passed by the Council on Tuesday. The first day of the second last sitting week also saw the first farewell speech from one of a number of members who will not be returning in the next parliament.
A day of bulk-billing for the House of Review.
The Council passed four bills and introduced a further three, referred a road transport bill (to address drink- and drug driving behaviour) to the Law and Justice Committee and referred an inquiry regarding the response to gay and transgender hate crimes to the Social Issues Committee.
On a relatively short sitting day for a Wednesday, the House debated a disallowance motion, introduced a new Government bill, considered and returned three Government bills to the Legislative Assembly and still had time for, not one, but two joint sittings.
Thursday was a busy day for private members’ business in the Council. Two bills were introduced, debate commenced on two motions and the House agreed to order the production of papers relating to the Tune report on the out-of-home-care system. The House also voted to amend its proposed order of business to prioritise debate on the establishment of a new select committee, which was ultimately agreed to.