The Legislation Review Committee (LRC) was created as an alternative to the adoption of a
Bill of Rights for New South Wales. It has not functioned well, and is no substitute for such a
We have noted problems in relation to uneven performance, lack of time, “urgent” bills,
lack of impact, lack of clear standards, poor argument, lack of expert input and lack of
attention to delegated legislation. The problems are manifest on the LRC’s own website—
in its annual reports, its legislation review Digests and its Information Paper.
The roots of most of these problems lie in the lack of time provided for the LRC to do its job,
and in the entrenched culture within the NSW Parliament of ignoring its views.