A large part of the work for Members of the Legislative Council takes place in committees. Parliamentary committees are established to investigate specific matters in more detail than is possible if the matter were considered in the House including policy, government administration or performance and proposals for legislation.
Furthermore committees provide a forum for the public to participate in policy making and have their say on issues before the Parliament. Committees can call for written submissions, conduct hearings where witnesses give evidence and seek advice from experts. Committees report their findings and recommendations for government action to the Parliament.
Natasha is the Chair of the Selection of Bills Committee, which was established to consider all bills introduced to either House and report on whether any bill should be referred to a committee for detailed discussion, inquiry and report.
The Privileges Committee has scope to consider and report on matters relating to parliamentary privilege referred to it by the House or the President; to carry out certain functions relating to ethical standards for members of the Legislative Council under section 72C of the Independent Commission Against Corruption Act 1988; and to consider certain submissions from citizens seeking a right of reply to statements made about them in the House in accordance with standing orders 202 and 203.
Natasha is a member of Portfolio Committee No. 2 - Health which was established to inquire into and report on any matters relevant to the public administration of: health and medical research, mental health, regional youth and women.
Natasha is a member of Portfolio Committee No. 5 Legal Affairs which was established to inquire into and report on any matters relevant to the public administration of: the Attorney General and prevention of domestic violence, police and emergency services, counter terrorism and corrections, sport, multiculturalism, seniors and veterans, families, communities and disability services.
Natasha is a member of the Standing Committee on State Development which may inquire into and report on issues concerned with state, local and regional development in New South Wales, and matters concerned with planning, infrastructure, finance, industry, the environment, primary industry, natural resources, science, local government, emergency services and public administration.
Natasha is a member of the Legislative Council Procedure Committee which considers amendments to the standing orders, proposes to the House changes in practice and procedures of the House, and considers any matter relating to the procedures referred to it by the House or the President.