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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:
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.
The 2013-14 Budget was presented by the Treasurer, the Hon Wayne Swan MP in the House of Representatives at 7.30pm on Tuesday, 14 May.
Budget papers can be downloaded from budget.gov.au
Portfolio Budget Statements of the Parliamentary Departments
Department of the Senate | Department of the House of Representatives | Department of Parliamentary Services | Parliamentary Budget Office
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.
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.
Educational resources are available for you to learn more about Parliament.
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