Thursday was private members' business day where three bills and a raft of motions were debated. In line with previous weeks seven orders for papers were agreed to, taking the total tally for this year to 47. The day also saw the third private members' bill to pass the Legislative Council this year. Bills Fishing … Continue reading In the House – Thursday 14 November 2019
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.
Government bills relating to Snowy 2.0 and the building industry pass the Council, while motions to disallow regulations concerning the management of marine parks and Sydney Olympic Park were defeated. Read more in our blog, House in Review.
A day of bulk-billing for the House of Review.
On Wednesday the Council passed three bills and introduced a further six bills and considered debating a matter of public importance relating to the gaming and racing industry. Read more in our blog.
On a long sitting day, the House considered bills relating to the Parliamentary Budget Officer, consorting laws, raising the Warragamba Dam wall, the creation of a Western City and Aerotropolis Authority, the impoundment of shared bicycles and residential tenancy agreements.
On private members' business day two new – but somewhat familiar – bills were introduced, one regarding double jeopardy laws and the other a moratorium on declaring new marine parks. A motion commemorating ANZAC Day 2018 was debated and agreed to and further motions on government infrastructure projects and agricultural shows were debated.
Two Government bills passed, four committee reports debated, two returns to orders tabled and a member resigns
On the last government business day before the winter recess the House adjourned in the early hours of the morning in consequence of its heavy legislative workload. The House agreed to five government bills and Assembly amendments to a sixth bill originating in the Council. The House set down consideration of a further two government bills received from the Assembly for after the winter recess.
Tuesday began with the reporting of a message from the Assembly agreeing to a private members’ bill: the Public Health Amendment (Safe Access to Reproductive Health Clinics) Bill 2018, which was introduced by Ms Sharpe (Opposition) and co-sponsored by Mr Khan (The Nationals). This is the first time this Parliament that a private members’ bill originating in the Council has been agreed to by the Assembly. The budget papers were also tabled in the Council on Tuesday, after the Treasurer delivered the budget in the Legislative Assembly. The appropriation bills themselves are expected to arrive in the Council on Thursday. Further details on the budget process are contained in a previous post. The House considered one government bill, the Water Management Amendment Bill 2018. After lengthy consideration the bill was agreed to as amended and forwarded to the Legislative Assembly.