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The 56th Parliament of NSW meets for the first time

The 56th Parliament of New South Wales met for the first time this week, following the general election on 28 March.

One of the first orders of business was the election of parliamentary office holders, while other appointments were notified to the parliament following the election of office-bearers by the respective Party rooms:

Legislative Council

  • The Hon. Don Harwin MLC (Liberal) – President of the Legislative Council
  • The Hon. Trevor
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Final Legislative Council seat determined

After nearly three weeks of counting, the final distribution of preferences for the Legislative Council count took place this morning, determining the composition of the 56th Parliament.

Mark Pearson from the Animal Justice Party was elected to the last seat in the Legislative Council in a close result, defeating candidates from the Liberal and No Land Tax parties.

Only ‘above the line’ votes are counted during the initial scrutiny of … Read more »

Luke Foley announces changes to the Shadow Ministry

Opposition Leader Luke Foley has announced changes to the Shadow Ministry, following Labor’s defeat at the recent general election.

In order to hold the Baird Government to account, the changes to shadow portfolios reflect the new administrative arrangements released by the Government last week.

Please find below details of the new Shadow Ministry:

Mr Luke Foley MP Leader of the Opposition Shadow Minister for the Arts Shadow Minister for Racing … Read more »

Premier Mike Baird announces new Ministry

Premier Mike Baird has today announced his new Ministry, following the Liberals & Nationals victory at Saturday’s general election.

Earlier today, Mr Baird and Gladys Berejiklian were affirmed as Leader and Deputy Leader respectively of the parliamentary Liberal Party, as were Troy Grant and Adrian Piccoli of The Nationals’ partyroom.

The Member for South Coast, Shelly Hancock, was affirmed as the candidate for a second term as Speaker of the … Read more »

NSW Election Results

The people of New South Wales went to the polls on Saturday to determine the State’s next Government.

The Liberals & Nationals were returned to serve a second term in office, winning at least 52 seats in the Legislative Assembly. With an 8.5% swing, Labor has won at least 12 seats from the Liberals & Nationals, and will hold at least 32 seats in the 56th Parliament. The Greens have … Read more »

Final Week of the NSW Election Campaign

As the 2015 election campaign draws to a close, and the State’s 5.15 million voters prepare to cast their votes, the major parties have now released the last of their policy commitments.

An independent assessment of all of the policies released by the Liberals & Nationals and Labor has also been published.

Under the Parliamentary Budget Officer Act 2010, the Presiding Officers of the Parliament are required to appoint … Read more »

PremierState's NSW Election Guide

Voters go to the polls this Saturday to elect their representatives to the NSW Parliament for the next four years.

The political and economic landscapes have changed markedly since the last poll.

Most notably, in the last twelve months, leadership transitions have taken place within each of the major parties.

Since becoming Premier in April 2014, Mike Baird has worked to stabilise and consolidate a government, which was unsettled by … Read more »

Premier Mike Baird launches Liberal campaign

Premier Mike Baird officially launched the Liberal Party’s election campaign at a rally in Sydney yesterday.

During his speech, Mr Baird reaffirmed the central plank of the Liberals & Nationals’ plan to lease 49% of the State’s electricity network to fund an ambitious $20 billion infrastructure programme.

Joined by the Deputy Premier and Leader of the Nationals, Troy Grant, and the Deputy Liberal Leader and Minister for Transport, Gladys Berejiklian, … Read more »

Week 2 of the NSW Election Campaign

Please find below some of the commitments made by the major political parties during the second week of the election campaign:

Liberals & Nationals

  • $115 million to upgrade Sydney’s Taronga Zoo. Read more
  • Provide discounted entry to the state’s National Parks. Read more
  • A package of measures to combat the scourge of ice in the community, including new laws to make more ice dealers face life in prison. Read more
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Week 1 of the NSW Election Campaign

The Governor of NSW, General David Hurley, issued the writs last Saturday directing the NSW Electoral Commissioner to conduct a general election on Saturday 28 March, officially kicking off the 2015 election campaign.

Nominations closed and ballot draws took place yesterday for the Legislative Council and the 93 Districts represented in the Legislative Assembly.  A full list of the candidates seeking election can be found here.

Please find below … Read more »

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