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New South Wales Legislative Council Practice

New South Wales Legislative Council Practice

2nd edition

Edited by Stephen Frappell and David Blunt


The second edition of New South Wales Legislative Council Practice has been comprehensively updated. It charts the history, procedures and practices of the New South Wales Legislative Council – the Upper House of the Parliament of New South Wales and the oldest legislative body in Australia.

The Legislative Council has continued to be one of the most dynamic and at times assertive Upper Houses in Australia. Of note, the House has continued to explore in new and varied ways its power to order the production of State papers; it has continued to expand the remit and activity of its active committee system, and it has further enhanced its procedures for scrutinising legislation. Following the March 2019 State election, the Legislative Council also adopted significant new procedures on sitting days for holding the government to account. All of these developments are explored in the second edition.

The new edition also incorporates significant revisions to the text in relation to various topics such as parliamentary privilege in New South Wales, the powers of the Legislative Council in relation to money bills, and relations between the Legislative Council and the Legislative Assembly, the Lower House of the Parliament of New South Wales.

The second edition of New South Wales Legislative Council Practice is an essential reference book for parliamentary practitioners and those interested in the study of parliament and politics in New South Wales.


The New South Wales system of government
The history of the Legislative Council
Parliamentary privilege in New South Wales
Elections for the Legislative Council
Office holders and administration of the Legislative Council
Parties, the Government and the Legislative Council
The basis of Legislative Council procedure
Meetings of the Legislative Council
The conduct of proceedings
Publication of and access to the proceedings of the Legislative Council
Motions and decisions of the House
Committee of the whole House
Financial legislation
Delegated legislation
Documents tabled in the Legislative Council
Relations with the Legislative Assembly
Relations with the judiciary
Casual vacancies in the Australian Senate
The Parliament buildings and the Legislative Council chamber


Published 8 March 2021
Publisher The Federation Press
ISBN 9781760022372
Australian RRP $225.00
International Price $205.00
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Government / Political Studies

NSW Parliamentary Procedure Series

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