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The final allocation of preferences for the NSW Legislative Council (the NSW Upper House) has now been completed, following the March 23 election.

The new levels of Party representation in the NSW Upper House are as follows:

Coalition

17

Labor

14

Greens

4

One Nation

2

Shooters

2

Christian Democrats

1

Animal Justice

2

TOTAL

42

All legislation must pass the Legislative Council with an absolute majority of 22 of the 42 votes in order to become law. In the previous Legislative Council the Coalition held 20 seats. As the Coalition now only holds 17 seats, the new Council is going to present a greater challenge for the Government than the previous term of Parliament.

With the three progressive parties - Labor, The Greens and Animal Justice – totalling 20 of the 42 votes, the Government will mostly need to work with One Nation, The Shooters and Christian Democrats to implement its agenda.

Business will also need to engage with these minor parties on legislation, relevant to their operations.

The result also marks the return of Mark Latham into public life, with One Nation performing strongly to pick up two seats. Meanwhile, former Federal Senator, David Leyonhjelm, has failed in his bid to make a transition to state politics.

It should be noted that only half of all members were up for election, with each MLC elected to an eight-year term.

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