The first sitting day in 2020 was a solemn occasion with the House suspending consideration of government legislation to debate a condolence motion.
The substantial rise in the number of orders for government papers in 2019 has also seen a rise in the number of disputes over confidentiality. Read more in our 'public or privileged' update.
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 Thursday, the NSW Parliament elected Sam Farraway to a seat in the Legislative Council at a joint sitting of both Houses, and we debated 10 motions and passed six orders for government documents.
On the first sitting day in October, the House bid farewell to Nationals member Niall Blair and passed a bill to dissolve Roads and Maritime Services and transfer its functions to Transport for NSW.
What happens when a bill passes Parliament? Read about the process of assent.
How members of Parliament can protest the passing of a bill
Read about how the Abortion Law Reform Act 2019 became law
Thursday 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.
See how new sessional orders relating to debate in the House are being used in Part 2 of our sessional orders update.