The Grose Valley

The Importance of the Upper House - it deserves thinking about!

The NSW Legislative Council chamber "The Chamber of the NSW Legislative Council"
NSW like many governments around the world has two houses, an Upper House and a Lower House, with the Latin based political phrase "bicameral system" referring to these two houses.

The NSW Legislative Assembly is the Lower House. The political party (or coalition of parties) with the majority of locally elected representatives in the Lower House forms the executive government, with the party's leader becoming the state's Premier. It is from the Lower House that most, but not all, legislation arises.

The NSW Legislative Council is the Upper House, and its make-up and purpose is well worth considering in some detail. The following points about the Legislative Council all come verbatim from the NSW Parliament's own web-site. This web site is maintained by the NSW Public Service, not political parties, and is largely independent of the government of the day.

When you vote for the Upper House do not just automatically vote for the same party you voted for in the Lower House; such a vote could potentially result in an Upper House that will simply "rubber stamp" the will of the Government in the lower house.

Rather, think about who else you would like to review, appropriately amend, or indeed even reject legislation coming from the Lower House.

Don Chipp, the high profile leader of the Australian Democrats from 1977 - 1986, very rightly observed the need for Upper House vigilance in his famous phrase "keep the bastards honest".

With your Upper House vote you have an opportunity to "keep the bastards honest".

We recommend you exercise this opportunity wisely, and Vote for the Environment.

Consider the following, before you vote.

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2023 NSW State Election material is authorised by Madi Maclean,
Blue Mountains Conservation Society Inc, 92 Fletcher St., Wentworth Falls NSW 2782
We acknowledge the traditional custodians of this land
– the Darug and Gundungurra people –
and pay respect to their Elders past, present and emerging.