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.
Private members' business day was interrupted to consider the Appropriation Bills and the Ageing and Disability Commissioner Bill, which took several hours. We returned to private members business afterwards, finishing at 12.34 am.
We passed two bills & appointed 8 Joint Committees. Contributions to the Address-in-Reply to The Governor's speech continued. We insisted on our amendments to the Ageing & Disability Commissioner Bill, disagreed with by the Assembly.
On Tuesday, the Budget papers 2019-2020 were tabled in the House and consideration of amendments to the Ageing and Disability Commissioner Bill 2019 continued.
On Wednesday the House agreed to the Budget Estimates 2019-2020 timetable for initial hearings and considered the Ageing and Disability Commissioner Bill 2019 in committee of the whole. Ms Jackson also gave her first speech.