On the final day for Government business in 2019 we passed two bills including one regarding the Children’s Guardian. We also debated a bill to further enforce 'mobile phone use while driving' offences.
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...
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.
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.
Two members farewelled the House and the House returned eleven bills to the Legislative Assembly.
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 Tuesday the House passed bills concerning workers compensation, community and charitable gaming activities and penalties for drink- and drug driving behaviour.
The Council passed four bills and introduced a further three, referred a road transport bill (to address drink- and drug driving behaviour) to the Law and Justice Committee and referred an inquiry regarding the response to gay and transgender hate crimes to the Social Issues Committee.
Find out what happened in the House yesterday. A new member signs the roll of the House, ballots were held to elect members to committees and a bill to amend road transport legislation to address drink- and drug‑driving behaviour was debated.
The week began with the House debating an issue of great significance for its role as a House of review: the Government’s response to orders of the House for the production of documents, and the House’s powers to compel the production of these documents. After a lengthy debate the House ultimately agreed to censure the Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council for the Government’s non-compliance with these orders. The House then turned its attention to legislation, agreeing to three bills and forwarding them to the Assembly for concurrence.