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Abortion bill delay

BY WENDY BACON NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian caved in to pressure from opponents of abortion this week delaying a final vote in the Legislative Council until September. This is a bitter disappointment to hundreds of Pro-Choice supporters who rallied outside NSW Parliament on Tuesday morning, calling for the Reproductive Health Care Reform Bill to be […]

Why your preferences matter

BY MERRILL WITT Proportional representation in the NSW Legislative Council or Upper House ensures that seats are allocated to minor parties, and optional preferential voting all but guarantees its motley makeup. But is the election of candidates from minor parties a true reflection of the democratic will of the voters given that a few MPs […]

Legislative Council power balance

By ALLISON HORE Last month’s state election handed another term to the Coalition but the results for the upper house of NSW, the Legislative Council, are still rolling in and the crossbench is growing. The NSW Legislative Council is elected by a proportional representation system which treats the whole state as one single electorate. This […]

Strange Political Bedfellows

BY MERRILL WITT Political pundits are predicting that candidates from One Nation, the Christian Democratic Party, the Liberal Democrats, the Australian Conservatives or the Shooters Fishers and Farmers Party could possibly hold the balance of power in both houses after the NSW state election. While the prospect of a far-right agenda dominating the next parliament […]