The Legislative Council returns from its winter break with a bang – our first day back features the next chapter in the House's determination to ensure compliance with an order for papers, a defeated Government bill and two bills agreed to concerning an economic response to COVID-19 and improving processes for injured persons navigating the workers compensation and motor accidents schemes.
Let's have a look at some key statistics to see how the first half of 2020 is shaping up!
Over the last week our committees have been setting up new inquiries referred by the House, including a committee into First Nations people in custody, and bills inquiries into RFS donations, water management and stock animal procedures.
On Tuesday the Upper House agreed to a censure motion and passed bills concerning the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission, special care offences and criminal procedures where defendants have mental health or cognitive impairments.
Read our bumper House in Review post where the Legislative Council passed a private members' bill for a moratorium on coal seam gas, Government bills on the regulation of the building industry and work health and safety and debated a range of other motions and bills.
Tuesday saw the Legislative Council disallow a regulation which would have implemented a freeze on public sector wages during the next financial year. The House also passed two bills, including one that aims to ensure that construction in New South Wales is compliant with building standards and another enacting reforms in response to recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
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.