New South Wales Legislative Council facts for kids

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New South Wales Legislative Council
55th Parliament
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
History
Founded 1823
Leadership
President of the Council
John Ajaka, Liberal Party
Since 21 February 2017
Structure
NSW Legislative Council 2015.svg
Political groups

Government (20)
     Liberal (13)
     Nationals (7)
Opposition (12)
     Labor (12)

Crossbench (10)
     Greens (4)
     Shooters, Fishers, Farmers (2)
     Christian Democratic (2)
     Animal Justice (1)
     Independent (1)
Elections
Last election
26 March 2015
Next election
23 March 2019
Meeting place
Council Chamber.
Legislative Council Chamber
Parliament House, Sydney,
New South Wales, Australia


The New South Wales Legislative Council, or 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. The Assembly is referred to as the lower house and the Council as the upper house.

It is normal for legislation to be first deliberated on and passed by the lower house before being considered by the upper house, which acts in the main as a house of review.

The 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, Half the Council is up for election every four years, roughly coinciding with elections to the Legislative Assembly.

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