This first edition of New South Wales Legislative Assembly Practice, Procedure and Privilege provides a valuable insight into the workings of the seat of Government in New South Wales – the Legislative Assembly.
The New South Wales Legislative Assembly was first established in 1856. In the early days of the Parliament the practice of the United Kingdom House of Commons was heavily relied on and reference was frequently made to May’s Parliamentary Practice.
The 150 years since the Legislative Assembly was first constituted has seen the evolution of practice and procedure unique to the character of the Legislative Assembly. This has meant there are few instances where the House does not have some precedent to follow.
The practices and procedures of the House are illustrated with reference to the Standing Orders and important precedents and rulings of former Speakers, which have contributed to a greater understanding as to how the Standing Orders have been interpreted.
The book also considers the laws pertaining to Parliament and the extent of Parliamentary privilege in New South Wales, a jurisdiction that has not legislated to define its privileges.
The text is current to July 2007 and includes references to both modern and past practice. It is a valuable reference tool to anyone interested in the law and procedures of the Legislative Assembly.