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New South Wales Legislative Council

Upper house of the Parliament of New South Wales / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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The New South Wales Legislative Council, often referred to as the upper house, is one of the two chambers of the parliament of the Australian state of New South Wales. The other is the Legislative Assembly. Both sit at Parliament House in the state capital, Sydney. It is normal for legislation to be first deliberated on and passed by the Legislative Assembly before being considered by the Legislative Council, which acts in the main as a house of review.

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Legislative Council
57th Parliament
Coat of arms or logo
Founded25 August 1824; 199 years ago (25 August 1824)
Ben Franklin, Nationals
since 9 May 2023
Deputy President and Chair of Committees
Rod Roberts, Independent
since 9 May 2023
Penny Sharpe, Labor
since 28 March 2023
Deputy Leader of the Government
John Graham, Labor
since 28 March 2023
Damien Tudehope, Liberal
since 28 March 2023
Government Whip
Bob Nanva, Labor
since 3 May 2023
Deputy Government Whip
Cameron Murphy, Labor
since 21 April 2023
Opposition Whip
Chris Rath, Liberal
since 21 April 2023
Political groups
Government (15)
  Labor (15)

Opposition (15)
  Liberal (10)
  National (5)

Crossbench (12)
  Greens (4)
  Shooters, Fishers, Farmers (2)
  Animal Justice (1)
  Legalise Cannabis (1)
  Liberal Democrats (1)
  One Nation (1)

  Independent (2)[lower-alpha 1]
Length of term
8 years
Single transferable vote
Last election
25 March 2023
Next election
Meeting place
Council chamber
Legislative Council Chamber
Parliament House, Sydney,
New South Wales, Australia
NSW Legislative Council

The Legislative Council has 42 members, elected by proportional representation in which the whole state is a single electorate. Members serve eight-year terms, which are staggered, with half the Council being elected every four years, roughly coinciding with elections to the Legislative Assembly.