The Private Member’s bill to decriminalise abortion in NSW passed the two chambers of the NSW Parliament after being originally introduced to parliament on the 1st August 2019. The major parties granted their members a free or conscience vote on this controversial and often deeply personal issue. The NSW Upper House conducted a marathon debate for five sitting days and over 30 hours dealing with 102 amendments presented by various members.
For my part I chaired the entire debate on amendments including 26 formal divisions on votes. The amended bill emerged late last night and I contributed some comments at the third reading stage prior to the bill’s adoption by the upper house. To read my Third Reading speech on Hansard please click here and to watch my speech please click here. My more detailed second reading speech is available on my web site.