On the final sitting days before the winter break, the Upper House elected a new Assistant President, considered a range of private members' bills and motions and passed two items of government legislation. In addition there were further developments regarding a significant non-compliance with an order for the production of government documents.
With the Legislative Council returning to a full sitting program in June, refresh your knowledge of private members' business (Wednes)day with our latest blog post.
When members of the Council need to meet urgently – the real hero is parliamentary procedure!
Unique circumstances call for a special adjournment. Read on to find out how this procedure works and how it was used to amend the 2020 parliamentary sitting calendar.
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.