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Parliament of Australia

Parliament of Australia

Formally named the Parliament of the Commonwealth, it is made up of a total of 226 people popularly elected to the Senate and House of Representatives to represent the interests of Australians and to make laws.

Parliament of Australia

Bills and legislation

A bill is a proposal for a law or a change to an existing law. A bill becomes law (an Act) when agreed to in identical form by both houses of Parliament and assented to by the Governor-General.
Links to current and previous bills and other resources.

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Committees

Parliamentary committees investigate specific matters of policy or government administration or performance.
Links to current Senate, House and Joint Parliamentary Committees.

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Department of Parliamentary Services

The Department of Parliamentary Services provides a wide range of diverse services and facilities to ensure that the Parliament functions effectively. These include research, library services, television and radio broadcasting, Hansard transcripts, ICT and all aspects of the maintenance and security of the building and precincts.

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Department of the House of Representatives

Provides services to support the efficient conduct of the House of Representatives, its committees and certain joint committees as well as a range of services and facilities for Members in Parliament House.

Department of the House of Representatives

Department of the Senate

Provides the Senate, its committees, the President of the Senate and senators with a broad range of advisory and support services related to the exercise of the legislative power of the Commonwealth.

Department of the Senate

Explanatory memoranda index

Explanatory memorandum accompanies and provides an explanation of the content of the first reading of a Bill.

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FlagPost

Current issues of interest to members of the Australian Parliament.

Department of Parliamentary Services

Frequently asked questions about parliament

Gives answers to frequently asked questions about Parliament, the House of Representatives and the Senate.

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Government ministry

Lists the current Australian Government Ministers and their portfolios. Also has links to previous ministries.

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Hansard

Hansard is the name given to the edited transcripts of debates in the Senate, House of Representatives, Main Committee and parliamentary committees. They are published shortly after the chamber or committee proceedings have concluded.

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Ministerial and Parliamentary Services

This site provides information for parliamentarians and their electorate and personal staff. Includes entitlements handbooks.

Department of Finance

News and events

News and events of the House of Representatives and its committees, the Senate, Parliamentary Library and calendar showing the sitting dates. Includes the Webcast Schedule.

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Parliament and government

Gives a descriptive overview of the Australian Parliament. It discusses the Parliamentary system, the separation of powers, Commonwealth Parliament, executive government and the federal judicature as well as providing links to further information.

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ParlInfo Search

Provides access to the Parliamentary Document Repository. You can perform a search or explore the collections by browsing. The guided search provides a step by step process to search for Speeches by a Senator or Member, Bills, documents, Senate Estimate Hearings, Second Reading Speeches for a Bill, and Biographies of a Senator or Member.

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Political parties and organisations

Key internet links to Australian political parties and organisations as well as to political parties in Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States and other countries.

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Senate estimates

Estimates of government expenditure are referred to Senate committees as part of the annual budget cycle. This opportunity to examine the operations of government plays a key role in the parliamentary scrutiny of the executive.
Senate estimates hearings are broadcast live over the internet.

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Shadow Ministry

Lists the current Shadow Ministers and their portfolios. Also has links to previous ministries.

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Sitting calendar

Scheduled sitting days of the Parliament of Australia. Links to printable and text only versions of this calendar are available from this page.

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Watch parliament

Live webcasting of the proceedings of Senate, House of Representatives, House of Representatives main committees and parliamentary committees.

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