During challenging times, it is more important than ever for the Legislative Council to maintain one of its key functions of scrutinising the Executive Government. As our readers are aware, our members routinely use the well-established order for papers process to assist them in this role. In this space it's been business as usual in … Continue reading Maintaining scrutiny under challenging circumstances – An orders for papers update
When members of the Council need to meet urgently – the real hero is parliamentary procedure!
In the blog today - Bills to prevent cruelty to animals, to manage complaints to the ADB & to prevent real estate agents and property developers from holding civic office – all this and much, much more!
For a second day there was a sombre mood in the House as debate on a condolence motion regarding the 2019-20 bushfire season continued.
The first sitting day in 2020 was a solemn occasion with the House suspending consideration of government legislation to debate a condolence motion.
The numbers are in. The Legislative Council has finished its sittings for another year. Check out all our sitting day stats for 2019.
Just in: We began the final sitting week of 2019 by sitting past midnight in order to pass 2 bills & consider the Assembly's amendments to the RMS Dissolution Bill. Read our blog to find out more...
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
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)
Inquiries into circus animals, coal seam gas, hate crimes against gay and transgender people, coal ash repositories, the use of mobile phones while driving, and even the parliament's budget process…. our new inquiries, find out more!