House News

June 2014

‘Made in Australia’ labelling rules under review

Possible ways to improve or simplify Australia’s country of origin food labelling system will be considered by a parliamentary inquiry.

Norfolk Island seeks to be Pacific ‘financial services hub’

Norfolk Island has put forward a proposal to a parliamentary inquiry for it to be a location for an offshore banking unit (OBU) to help raise revenue.

Northern Australia inquiry public hearings underway

Public hearings for Parliament’s inquiry into Northern Australia have begun. The first of more than 20 public hearings was held in Canberra, with the rest to be held in northern Australia until the end of May.

May 2014

Inquiry examines women’s human rights

The House of Representatives has heard that an inquiry examining the human rights issues confronting women and girls in the Indian Ocean – Asia Pacific region will not shy away from topics such as family and sexual violence, female genital mutilation and underage marriage.

Call for changes to Senate voting system

A parliamentary inquiry has called for the abolition of Senate group voting tickets, the option for voters to use preferential above the line voting and changes to strengthen party registration rules.

2013 Senate election shows system ‘does need reform’

Constitutional and electoral law expert Professor George Williams has told a parliamentary inquiry that the evidence from the 2013 Senate election suggests the current system is broken and needs reform.

April 2014

Inquiry looks at ways to improve infrastructure project planning

A new inquiry will examine whether governments at all levels are adequately prepared for Australia’s future infrastructure challenges.

Drones use on the rise

Unmanned aerial vehicles are being deployed for a variety of jobs including monitoring flying foxes, science experiments, crop dusting and the tracking of sea animals.

March 2014

Millennial Leader visits Canberra

MTV Movement’s Millennial Leader Olly Tripodi has spent a week in Canberra meeting with politicians, lobbyists and media representatives discussing youth engagement with politics and advocating on issues that matter to young Australians.

Experts argue for Senate voting reform

Election expert Antony Green has told a parliamentary inquiry into the 2013 federal election that a case for reforming the Senate voting system is “compelling”.

Parliament Diary launched

Speaker of the House of Representatives Bronwyn Bishop has launched a new Parliament Diary segment on the Sky News AM Agenda program. Each sitting day just before 9am, the Speaker will preview what’s coming up in the House to help inform the community about parliament’s work. The segment is also shown on Australia’s Public Affairs Channel (A-PAC)

Environmental regulations to be examined

A House Committee is investigating ways to reduce green tape.

The Standing Committee on the Environment will inquire into streamlining environmental regulation and one-stop-shops for environmental assessments and approvals.

New inquiry into alcohol use in Indigenous communities

Strategies to minimise alcohol abuse is one of several issues to be investigated as part of an inquiry into its consumption in Indigenous communities.

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