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Published on May 5, 2011
On the first day of the 55th NSW Parliament, 2 May 2011, Premier Barry O'Farrell announced also promised legislation to stop governments closing parliament early during an election year.
The previous premier Kristina Keneally had controversially prorogued, or shut down, parliament just before Christmas, effectively hamstringing an upper house inquiry into her government's unpopular $5.3 billion power sell-off.
Mr O'Farrell said the new legislation would ensure parliament was open until at least January 26, so questions on notice could be answered and committees could continue to hear evidence.
"We will introduce legislation to prevent parliament being shut down before Australia Day in an election year," he told the lower house on Wednesday.
"It will ensure that this parliament can never again be treated with the disdain shown to it by the Labor Party, the former premier and former treasurer (Eric Roozendaal) in the lead-up to the last election campaign."
[This video clip is from the national broadcaster, the ABC. The text is based on information from AAP ]