||[Feb. 23rd, 2005|08:17 pm]
I wandered around the Parliament House of New South Wales today. This was the very first parliament in this part of the world and interestingly the "Legislative Council" was the first advisory body. The role of the "Legislative Council" was to assist in the Governor of New South Wales in the execution of his duties. Later the State of Victoria was created by an Act of the British parliament which seemingly also set up the (now major) Legislative Assembly. Both houses (the Legislative Assembly and the Legislative Council) can initiate legislation.
Whereas members of the Legislative Assembly represent only constituents of an electorate, members of the Legislative Council represent the entire State. The Legislative Council is there to maintain some checks and balances on the government of the day - in this case the Labor Government of the Right Hon. Bob Carr MP.
At the time the parliament was formed half the New South Wales population were serving prison sentences. I was interested to read that their freedom of speech comes from the Bill of Rights (of the United Kingdom) dated 1688 and which still applies today.
I was searched for bombs, guns and possible "medication". ( I probably look as though I'm on medication) - sigh !
As I have been in correspondence with a Member of the Legislative Council I thought I'd check it out. The Legislative Council looked busy. The Legislative Assembly sat listening to s member talk about the cost of transporting coal. I don't believe there was a quorum but I don't think it was necessary for simply expressing a point of view to three or four people.
Yesterday I got some software fro Quicken and a green (membership) card from a job agency. I also did a lot of photocopying and typing.. My eyesight is improving with rest. There's no feedback from the University course co-ordinator but the teaching period doesn't start until next Monday. I'll probably do my two hours with my job-network member tomorrow.