Appendix 4- Public awareness activities and publications

During 2009–10, the Clerk and other senior officers made presentations on aspects of the Senate, Senate committees and parliamentary procedure to various Australian and international audiences, including:

  • individual parliamentarians and their staff
  • departmental staff, other parliamentary officers and staff from a wide range of Australian Public Service departments and agencies
  • overseas visitors, including parliamentary delegations
  • participants in conferences and seminars, including as part of programs conducted by the Australian National University Parliamentary Studies Centre
  • schoolchildren and members of the public.

In particular, the Clerk made presentations at the following events:

  • National Human Rights Consultation Committee meeting, 3 July 2009
  • Scrutiny of Bills Conference, 8 July 2009
  • Goodwin Village, Canberra, 15 July 2009
  • Probus Club of Gungahlin, 3 August 2009
  • Australian National Internships Program 2009, 6 August 2009
  • launch of Annotated Standing Orders of the Australian Senate, 19 August 2009
  • launch of the ‘Australia’s Magna Carta’ segment of the ‘Acting Wisely’ exhibition, 14 September 2009
  • Australian Government Solicitor Employment Law Forum 2009, 21 October 2009
  • launch of Agenda, College of Business and Economics, Australian National University, Canberra, 21 October 2009
  • Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies, 29 October 2009
  • seminar for the diplomatic community, 12 November 2009
  • Australian National Internships Program 2010, 26 February 2010
  • Inter-Parliamentary Study Program 2010, 1 March 2010
  • 2010 Leadership Ballarat and Western Region Conference, 16 March 2010
  • ‘Parliamentary Law Making’, University of Canberra, 7 April 2010
  • Defence and Industry Study Course, 1 June 2010.

Departmental officers also presented and published papers on the powers, procedures and operations of the Senate or related issues, as detailed below.

Papers produced by departmental officers, 2009–10
Author Publication Date
Harry Evans Parliamentary Scrutiny, paper for the National Human Rights Consultation Committee public hearings 1–3 July 2009 July 2009
Bill of Rights and Legislative Scrutiny: Two different worlds, paper f or the Australia–New Zealand Scrutiny of Legislation Conference, Parliament House, Canberra 6–8 July 2009 July 2009
Time, Chance and Parliament: Lessons From Forty Years, Senate occasional lecture, Parliament House, Canberra 24 July 2009
Parliamentary Accountability, paper for the National Institute of Accountants 2009 Government Accounting Summit October 2009
Harry Evans: Selected Writings, Papers on Parliament Number 52, Department of the Senate December 2009
Time, Chance and Parliament: Lessons From Forty Years, Papers on Parliament Number 53, Department of the Senate June 2010
Introduction to The Biographical Dictionary of the Australian Senate, Volume 3 Forthcoming
Rosemary Laing The impact of equally divided votes on the legislative process, paper for the 40th Presiding Officers’ and Clerks’ Conference, Tarawa, Kiribati July 2009
Annotated Standing Orders of the Australian Senate, Department of the Senate August 2009
Annotated Standing Orders of the Australian Senate, The Table No. 77 2009
An introduction to the Annotated Standing Orders of the Australian Senate, Papers on Parliament Number 51, Department of the Senate August 2009
How did the existing system of self-regulation emerge?, paper presented to the Ethics and Integrity in Parliament: Emerging perspectives conference of the Parliamentary Studies Centre, Australian National University, Parliament House, Canberra 30 November 2009
Foreword to Australia’s Magna Carta, Department of the Senate 2010
Entry on Charles Ronald Maunsell, The Biographical Dictionary of the Australian Senate, Volume 3 Forthcoming
John Hawkins Joseph Cook: the reluctant treasurer, Economic Roundup Issue 2, 2009, Australian Treasury July 2009
S M Bruce: the businessman as treasurer, Economic Roundup Issue 3, 2009, Australian Treasury September 2009
Earle Page: an active treasurer, Economic Roundup Issue 4, 2009, Australian Treasury December 2009
Ted Theodore: the proto-Keynesian, Economic Roundup Issue 1, 2010, Australian Treasury April 2010
Two global crises: two Senate committees, Papers on Parliament Number 53, Department of the Senate June 2010

The department maintained and updated an extensive catalogue of publicly available documents and other resources during 2009–10, as listed by category below. Contact details for each publication area are also listed at the end of this appendix.

Materials which are available on the Senate’s website (www.aph.gov.au/senate) or the Parliamentary Education Office website (www.peo.gov.au) are marked with the symbol Available online. Materials which are available in hard copy are marked with the symbol Available in hard copy. Materials available on CD are marked with the symbol Available on CDROM.

Publications by subject area

Publications on the work and procedures of the Senate
Annotated Standing Orders of the Australian Senate Available in hard copy Available online commentaries on and amendment histories ofthe Standing Orders
Bills List and Daily Bills Update Available in hard copy Available online details of the status of bills before parliament
Brief Guides to Senate Procedure, Nos 1–23 Available in hard copy Available online practical guides to common practices and procedures
Business of the Senate Available in hard copy Available online a comprehensive summary of business, prepared biannually
Chamber support services for senators Available in hard copy a guide to documents and services provided to the chamber
Dynamic Red Available in hard copy Available online the daily Order of Business, updated online during each sitting day, together with outcomes
Journals of the Senate Available in hard copy Available online the minutes of chamber proceedings
List of senators Available in hard copy Available online senators’ contact information, terms of service and state and party representation
Odgers’ Australian Senate Practice, 12th edition and supplements Available in hard copy Available online a comprehensive procedural reference work
Order of Business Available in hard copy Available online the Senate 'Red' or daily program
Pocket Guide to Senate Procedure Available in hard copy a consolidation of the Brief Guides to Senate Procedure
Preparing private senators’ bills, explanatory memoranda and second reading speeches: A guide for senators Available in hard copy information about preparing bills, for senators and their support staff, also available on the departmental intranet
Privileges Committee 125th Report— Parliamentary privilege: Precedents, procedures and practice in the Australian Senate 1966–2005 Available in hard copy Available online the most recent consolidated account of the work of the Senate Committee of Privileges
Procedural Information Bulletin Available in hard copy Available online a regular digest of events of procedural significance
Questions on Notice Summary Available in hard copy Available online a statistical analysis of questions placed on notice by senators for a parliament, updated biannually
Routine of business Available in hard copy Available online a guide to the routine of business for sittings days and the time limits for debate
Senate Briefs, Nos 1–16 Available in hard copy Available online general introductions to aspects of the Senate, including elections, legislation, parliamentary privilege, the committee system and ministers in the Senate
Senate Daily Summary Available online a daily digest of Senate business
Senate Notice Paper Available in hard copy Available online the Senate’s daily agenda
Senate Statistical Summary Available in hard copy Available online weekly statistics on Senate business
Senators’ Guide to Procedures Available in hard copy Available online a practical introduction to the chamber
Senators’ Handbook—A guide to services, entitlements and facilities for senators Available in hard copy Available online information for senators and their support staff,also available on the departmental intranet
Standing Orders and Other Orders of the Senate Available in hard copy Available online the rules and resolutions governing the Senate’s proceedings
StatsNet Available online online statistical databases, including a list of bills that are possible double dissolution triggers and fortnightly updates of questions placed on notice by senators
The Senate Available in hard copy a brochure about the role and functioning of the Senate
Your Senate online Available in hard copy a brochure about online access to information about the Senate
Publications on the work and procedures of Senate committees
Bills referred to committees Available online an up-to-date list of bills referred to committees
Business of Committees Available in hard copy Available online the Senate ‘Committee Red’ or daily program
Committee style guide Available in hard copy style guide for the preparation of Senate committee reports
Consolidated Register of Senate Committee Reports
  a register of committee reports presented to the Senate since 1970
1970–2004 and annual supplements
Available in hard copy
1970–2010
Available online
Delegated Legislation Monitor Available online information on every disallowable legislative and non-legislative instrument tabled in the Senate during a sitting week, also prepared as an annual consolidated volume
Disallowance Alert Available online an up-to-date list of disallowance actions initiated by the Regulations and Ordinances Committee and individual senators, together with outcomes
Guide to committee procedure and practice Available in hard copy an easy-reference guide for committee staff
How to make a submission to a Senate committee inquiry Available online three information brochures for members of thepublic with an interest in participating in the work of Senate committees
Notes for the guidance of witnesses appearing before Senate committees Available online
Procedures to be observed by Senate committees for the protection of witnesses Available online
Public hearings/meetings Available in hard copyAvailable online a program of scheduled meetings
RSS feeds Available online an alert service for new Senate committee inquiries, recently tabled Senate committee reports and public hearings
Scrutiny of Bills Committee Alert Digests Available in hard copyAvailable online information for senators and the public about concerns raised by the Scrutiny of Bills Committee in relation to bills and Acts
Scrutiny of Bills Committee Reports Available in hard copyAvailable online the observations and recommendations of the Scrutiny of Bills Committee in relation to bills and Acts
Scrutiny of Disallowable Instruments Available online a list of disallowable legislative and non-legislative instruments about which the Regulations and Ordinances Committee has raised concerns during a calendar year
Senate Disallowable Instruments List Available online a list of tabled instruments for which disallowance motions may be moved in the Senate, published for each sitting period
Work of Committees Available in hard copyAvailable online a comprehensive summary of committee business, prepared biannually
Parliamentary, constitutional and historical publications
1903–2003: One Hundred Years of Women’s Suffrage in Australia Available in hard copy a poster commemorating the 100th anniversaryof the first federal election at which women in all Australian states were entitled to vote
A Nation at Last—the Story of Federation Available in hard copy the book based on the exhibition of the same name
Australia’s Constitution Available online an online version of the Australian Constitution
Australia’s Magna Carta Available in hard copy a booklet which chronicles the story of the Parliament’s acquisition of its 1297 Inspeximus copy of Magna Carta
Australia’s Parliament Available in hard copy a visitor guide, available in English and multilingual editions
Business of the Senate 1901–1910 (two volumes) Available in hard copy commemorative issues relating to the business of the early parliaments
Can Responsible Government Survive in Australia? David Hamer, revised edition, 2004 Available in hard copyAvailable online a comparative study of the powers and procedures of 20 Commonwealth legislatures, by a former senator and member
Eureka and the Prerogative of the People, John Molony, 2004 Available in hard copy a booklet commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Eureka Stockade rebellion
Papers on Parliament, Nos 1–53 Available in hard copyAvailable online the department’s journal, which publishes the texts of occasional lectures and other essays
Platypus and Parliament: The Australian Senate in Theory and Practice, Stanley Bach, 2003 Available in hard copyAvailable online a comprehensive analysis of the Senate by a former Senate Fellow
Records of the Australasian Federal Conventions of the 1890s Available online the complete transcripts of the debates that led to the founding of the nation
Records of the Centenary of Federation Joint Commemorative Meeting of the Senate and the House of Representatives, 9 May 2001, and of the Sitting of the Senate, 10 May 2001 Available in hard copy copy of the official transcript and other records of the centenary sittings in Melbourne
Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing Committees—The First 20 Years, 1970–1990 Available in hard copy a general history of the Senate’s committee system
Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs—The Twentieth Anniversary of the Committee, 1991 Available in hard copy a history of the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee
The Biographical Dictionary of the Australian Senate Available in hard copy an ongoing, multi-volume reference work on Australia’s senators, volume 1 covering 1901– 1929, volume 2 covering 1929–1962, volume 3 covering 1962–1983 and volume 4 forthcoming
The President of the Senate Available in hard copy an illustrated guide to the role and work of the President
Parliamentary Education Office publications
Assignment Assistant Available online a guide for students to resources about parliament
Australia’s Constitution Available in hard copy a pocket-sized edition of the Australian Constitution
Australia’s Constitution CD Available on CDROM a double-CD edition of the Australian Constitution, for people with a vision or print disability
Closer Look—A Comparison of the Australian and United States Federal Legislatures Available online a brief comparison of the political systems of Australia and the United States
Closer Look—A Multi-tiered System: governing Australia Available online an explanation, with examples, of Australia’s system of government
Closer Look—A Short History of Parliament Available online a description of the origins and development of parliament
Closer Look—Australia’s Parliament House Available online a brief history of the building used by parliament
Closer Look—The Australian Constitution Available online information about the Australian Constitution, its history and significance
Closer Look—The First Parliament of Australia: the ceremony Available online information about the opening ceremony of the first Parliament
Fact sheet series Available online 57 fact sheets covering many aspects of the role and functions of parliament
FAQ database Available online answers to over 200 questions about parliament
Get Parliament Available in hard copy a project book about the history, role and work of parliament, for upper primary and lower secondary teachers and students
Hands-on Lesson Plans Available online 12 lesson plans about parliamentary topics for teachers of middle to upper secondary students
Kidsview Available onlineAvailable on CDROM interactive games and activities about parliamentary topics for students and teachers
Parliament in Pictures Available in hard copy ten posters and a classroom guide introducing teachers and students to parliament
Parliamentary glossary Available online a list of parliamentary terms and definitions
Parliament NOW Available online information about the 42nd Parliament and the operations of the Senate and the House of Representatives
Parliament of Wizards CD Available on CDROM

teacher resource that introduces primary school students to parliament through the world of magic

poster of the Senate Chamber Available in hard copy A2-sized colour poster of the Senate chamber
poster of the House of Representatives chamber Available in hard copy A2-sized colour poster of the House of Representatives chamber
Role-play toolkit Available online role-play resources for teachers, including scripts, templates, rubrics and diagrams
Unravelling the parliamentary role-play Available in hard copy activities and instructions for using parliamentary role-play in the classroom
Publications providing departmental information
Annual report of the Department of the Senate Available in hard copyAvailable online  
Corporate plan Available in hard copyAvailable online  
Portfolio budget statements Available in hard copyAvailable online  

Contact details by subject area

Publications on the work and procedures of the Senate
Senate Table Office email: table.inquiries.sen@aph.gov.au
phone: 02 6277 3010 fax: 02 6277 3448
Publications on the work and procedures of Senate committees
Senate Committee Office email: seniorclerk.committees.sen@aph.gov.au
phone: 02 6277 3555 fax: 02 6277 3899
Parliamentary, constitutional and historical publications
Procedure Office email: research.sen@aph.gov.au
phone: 02 6277 3072 fax: 02 6277 5838
Biographical Dictionary Unit phone: 02 6277 5943 fax: 02 6277 5838
Parliamentary Education Office publications
Parliamentary Education Office email: info@peo.gov.au
phone: 02 6277 3147 fax: 02 6277 5775
Publications providing departmental information
Black Rod’s Office email: blackrod.sen@aph.gov.au
phone: 02 6277 3396 fax: 02 6277 3199

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