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Both the Senate and the House of Representatives have extensive committee systems, and also work together on a number of joint committees. To find out more about the work of committees:
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The Parliamentary Library is part of the Department of Parliamentary Services and provides services to senators, members, their staff and the staff of committees.
The first library services were delivered to federal parliament in 1901 and continue to provide significant support to parliament and the democratic process.
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ParlView - a new way to watch Parliament
Are you passionate about politics or interested in seeing senators and members at work in Parliament House? Would you like to re-live historic parliamentary moments such as the National Apology to the Stolen Generations or the National Apology for Forced Adoptions or visits by the Queen and the US president? You will be able to do all this and more thanks to ParlView - a new broadcast service from the Australian Parliament.
ParlView will enable you to watch, search and download current and historic parliamentary footage which will, over time, date back to 1991. It is high quality, easy to use and available 24 hours a day.
ParlView - Coming soon.
The House of Representatives , known as the people's house, is where government is formed. It has 150 members, and the party or parties able to gain the support of the majority of the House form government. The House's other roles are to debate proposed laws, watch over government expenditure, including through its committee system, and to provide a forum for public debate on issues of national importance.
is a partner with the House in the legislative process
, but is also a check on the government of the day. It consists of 76 senators
- 12 from each state and 2 from each territory. The Senate conducts much of its work through an established committee
system, including the budget estimates
Parliament House is open to visitors every day of the year except for Christmas Day. The building is open from 9:00am to 5:00pm during non-sitting weeks and later during sitting weeks. Please refer to the calendar or contact Visitor Services on 02 6277 5399 for more information.
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Educational resources are available for you to learn more about Parliament.
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