After dinner on Wednesday the House began debating the Electoral Funding Bill 2018. By the time the House rose just before 3 am on Thursday morning, and after nearly six hours of debate, 57 amendments had been moved and 16 amendments agreed to. A further four bills were introduced ahead of Friday’s cut-off date for the introduction of government bills during this sitting period. Another government bill was received from the Legislative Assembly and agreed to without amendment.
The week started with Ministers Harwin and Blair giving notice of four new government bills, which are expected to be introduced this week. The House agreed to two government bills introduced in the Council the previous week: the Road Transport Legislation Miscellaneous Amendment Bill 2018 and the Health Legislation Amendment Bill (No 2) 2018. The bills are now with the Assembly for consideration. The House was also informed of the receipt of the report of the Independent Legal Arbiter on a disputed claim of privilege concerning certain documents produced last month relating to Sydney Stadiums. The report is available for inspection by members of the Legislative Council.
On Wednesday the House returned two government bills to the Legislative Assembly without amendment. One of these bills was the National Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse (Commonwealth Powers) Bill 2018, making New South Wales the first jurisdiction to ‘sign up’ to the national redress scheme. A further two government bills were introduced and debate was adjourned for five calendar days.
On Tuesday the House debated the Transport Administration Amendment (Sydney Metro) Bill 2018. Debate was interrupted and continued on Wednesday. The House also considered whether to refer its first bill to a committee via the new Selection of Bills Committee procedure, in addition to taking note of several committee reports.