New South Wales Legislative Assembly

The New South Wales Legislative Assembly is the lower of the two houses of the Parliament of New South Wales, an Australian state. The upper house is the New South Wales Legislative Council. Both the Assembly and Council sit at Parliament House in the state capital, Sydney. The Assembly is presided over by the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly.

Legislative Assembly
57th Parliament
Type
Type
History
Founded22 May 1856; 166 years ago (22 May 1856)
Leadership
Jonathan O'Dea, Liberal
since 7 May 2019
Leslie Williams, Liberal
since 7 May 2019
Leader of the House
Mark Speakman, Liberal
since 8 May 2020
Manager of Opposition Business
Ron Hoenig, Labor
since 11 June 2021
Government Whip
Adam Crouch, Liberal
since 30 Apr 2019
Opposition Whip
Anna Watson, Labor
since 2 July 2019
Structure
Seats93
Political groups
Government (45)
  •   Liberal (33)
  •   Nationals (12)

Opposition (37)

Crossbench (11)

Length of term
4 years
Elections
Optional preferential voting
Last election
23 March 2019
Next election
25 March 2023
Meeting place
Legislative Assembly Chamber
Parliament House, Sydney,
New South Wales, Australia
Website
NSW Legislative Assembly

The Assembly has 93 members, elected by single-member constituency, which are commonly known as seats. Voting is by the optional preferential system.[1]

NSW first Legislative Assembly – 1880

Members of the Legislative Assembly have the post-nominals MP after their names.[2] From the creation of the assembly up to about 1990, the post-nominals "MLA" (Member of the Legislative Assembly) were used.

The Assembly is often called the bearpit on the basis of the house's reputation for confrontational style during heated moments and the "savage political theatre and the bloodlust of its professional players"[3] attributed in part to executive dominance.[4]


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