Wednesday saw the Council continue its consideration of amendments to the Reproductive Health Care Reform Bill 2019 – a bill that would decriminalise abortion in New South Wales and instead regulate it as a health matter.
Tuesday was dominated by debate on the bill to decriminalise abortion in New South Wales. Seven sets of amendments to the bill were considered, before the House adjourned at 12.20 am.
Read about the Reproductive Health Care Reform Bill 2019 and its passage through Parliament so far
Debate on the second reading of the Reproductive Health Care Reform Bill 2019 concluded on Wednesday evening and two other bills were received from the Assembly. An arbiter was appointed to evaluate a claim of privilege on documents returned under an Order for Papers.
Tuesday was dominated by the Reproductive Health Care Reform Bill 2019. The message from the Assembly forwarding the bill was reported, the Social Issues Committee report was received and the House agreed to vary the conduct of business to deal with the second reading of the bill.
The House debated a motion to refer the Reproductive Health Care Reform Bill 2019 to a committee for inquiry, and members continued to debate committee reports tabled in the last Parliament.
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.