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New South Wales Legislative Council Practice

New South Wales Legislative Council Practice

By Lynn Lovelock and John Evans

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This first edition of New South Wales Legislative Council Practice brings together the history, practice and procedure of the New South Wales Legislative Council – the Upper House of the New South Wales Parliament, and the first and oldest legislative body in Australia.

Since the advent of responsible government in New South Wales in 1856, the New South Wales Legislative Council has been the focus of continuous struggle regarding its composition, powers, role and very existence. However, from its tumultuous history, the Council has in recent years emerged as a democratically elected, powerful and effective upper house, in many ways mirroring the development of the Australian Senate. Today the Council performs key functions within the New South Wales system of government including representing the people and scrutinising the executive government as a ‘House of Review’.

The rich history of the New South Wales Legislative Council has brought with it a wealth of parliamentary precedent with which to guide modern practice and procedures in the House. While practitioners of parliamentary law and practice in New South Wales have long had access to authorities such as Erskine May’s Parliamentary Practice and Odgers’ Australian Senate Practice, the publication of New South Wales Legislative Council Practice will provide an essential reference book to understanding parliamentary privilege, practice and procedure in the New South Wales Upper House.


CONTENTS

The New South Wales system of government
The New South Wales Legislative Council
Parliamentary privilege: Immunities and powers of the House
Elections
Members
Office holders and administration of the Legislative Council
Meetings of the Legislative Council
Conduct of proceedings
Publication and broadcasting of proceedings
Resolutions, motions and amendments
Rules of debate
The legislative process
Financial legislation
Delegated legislation
Committee of the whole House
Relations with the Executive
Documents
The inquiry power
Committees
Relations with the judiciary
Relations between the Houses
The physical setting

Table of Cases / Table of Standing Orders / Index

   

Published 10 June 2008
Publisher The Federation Press
Hardback/736pp
ISBN 9781862876514
Australian RRP $135.00
International Price $125.00
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Government / Political Studies

NSW Parliamentary Procedure Series


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