MLCs Hon Ruth Forrest and Hon Ivan Dean discuss the role of the Legislative Council with Leon Compton on ABC Mornings
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I was honoured, as a past student, to be invited to officially open the Riana Primary School's new Parent Room and Student Gallery on the 23rd March.
The Riana Area School was established in 1839 and has a tradition of providing quality state funded education for students in Years K to 6 from the surrounding community.
What is the role of the Tasmanian Legislative Council?
It is timely to consider this important question in light of recent public comment suggesting the Legislative Council lacks relevance and is obstructionist.
The role, as noted in its 2016-17 Annual Report, is threefold:
“(i) to authorise the raising of revenue and the expenditure of state moneys;
(ii) to examine the merits of legislation;
and (iii) to provide a parliamentary check on the government of the day.