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Role of the Clerk

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The role of Clerk

The Clerk of the Legislative Council is the principal adviser to the President and members of the house on the standing orders (rules of debate) and matters of procedure and convention. The Clerk is apolitical in the performance of their duties.

The Clerk of the Legislative Council also holds the role of Clerk of the Parliaments and has the additional responsibility of preparing and certifying bills that have passed both houses of Parliament for presentation to the Governor to give the royal assent.

The Clerk is also the Chief Executive Officer of the Department of the Legislative Council, responsible for the administration of the Legislative Council and its committees. The Clerk works closely with the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly and Executive Manager Parliamentary Services in providing advice to the Presiding Officers for the management of the Parliament and surrounding precinct.

About our Clerk

Sam Hastings joined the Legislative Council in 2017 after a career in the public sector as a senior lawyer and leader.

Sam holds a Bachelor of Laws with Honours and a Bachelor of Economics from Murdoch University. Sam has published papers in several international journals with a focus on legislative scrutiny.