On Tuesday, the Leader of the Government was required to "attend in his place" to report on the production of documents relating to the Stronger Communities Fund. The Leader of the House also tabled the Budget Papers in preparation for debate on the Appropriation Bills next week. Two bills were also debated and agreed to. Read on for more information.
It's been a very busy week in the Council – members debated motions to overturn the disallowance of a regulation and to adjudge the Leader of the Government guilty of contempt. This was on top of considering two new sessional orders and passing four bills. Find out more in today's blog.
On Tuesday and Thursday, the House passed a number of bills, spanning health, criminal procedure, work health and safety, road transport and liquor licensing. The House also debated a motion to find the Leader of the Government in contempt for failure to provide documents previously ordered in relation to the Stronger Communities grants program. The Leader of the Government was suspended from the service of the House on Tuesday 20 October until the end of the sitting day.
Last sitting week saw the House agree to an instruction to committee. Read on to find out more about this unusual procedure!
Welcome to the first edition of the House in Review for 2020! We look forward to another busy and interesting year in the Legislative Council. Just prior to the final sitting period of 2019 we posted an article about the commencement of Acts, leaving our readers on a cliff hanger: what happens when Acts set … Continue reading Unactivated Acts: A sequel
The numbers are in. The Legislative Council has finished its sittings for another year. Check out all our sitting day stats for 2019.
On the final day for Government business in 2019 we passed two bills including one regarding the Children’s Guardian. We also debated a bill to further enforce 'mobile phone use while driving' offences.
The House sat late on Tuesday in order to consider the Right to Farm Bill 2019. Members were initially also scheduled to attend Government House to present Addresses-in-Reply to the Governor of New South Wales, Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AO QC. However, this was postponed due to the catastrophic bushfire danger in the … Continue reading In the House – Tuesday 12 November 2019
Our last procedural blog post detailed the assent process, noting that a bill that has passed both Houses becomes an Act when the Governor gives assent. One might think that a new law comes into effect as soon as it is assented to, but this is not necessarily the case. Some Acts commence on the … Continue reading Activating an Act: proclamation (and other commencement activities)
On Wednesday the House considered the Right to Farm Bill and confirmed its sitting calendar for 2020.