This e-brief outlines how Australian parliaments adapted to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, with a particular focus on NSW. It highlights how the pandemic affected the ease with which parliaments could fulfil their functions of making laws, controlling state finances, oversighting the executive arm of government, and providing a forum for debate of matters of importance.
The e-brief provides an overview of the changes made to parliamentary practice and procedure that enabled parliaments to continue operating albeit in a limited form. The role of technology in this is highlighted.
Finally, the implications for parliamentary democracy are explored, with consideration of how parliaments can best adapt and respond should similar challenges arise in future.
The Parliament of New South Wales acknowledges and respects the traditional lands of all Aboriginal people, and pays respects to all Elders past and present. We acknowledge the Gadigal people as the traditional custodians of the land on which the Parliament of New South Wales stands.