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Additional 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 committees will meet to consider additional estimates from 8 to 12 February 2016.


The Senate returns at 10am on Monday, 22 February 2016This Week at a Glance will contain the Government's proposed legislative program as well as details of other matters likely to be discussed. The Dynamic Red will be available approximately 15 minutes before the commencement of each sitting day and is a useful resource for keeping track of business.

Serving the Senate: The Legacy of Harry Evans

On the 8th of September, Dr Michael Macklin gave the inaugural Harry Evans Lecture.

"My approach will be a personal one for two reasons: first Harry was one of those people who looked you in the eye and worked with you as a person not as another addition to his workday and second I wanted to record the human interactions that this man of deep conviction and daunting intellect had."

transcript and replay of the lecture are available for those who were unable to attend.

Senate Discovery

Senate Discovery is a video series designed to 'fast-track' information about Senate business and the work of its committees. Each episode contains a recap of business highlights such as the passage (or otherwise) of bills, new committee inquiries and the presentation of reports, swearing-in of new senators, and other matters of significance.


  • Senate Lecture Series

    Public lunchtime lectures on topics relating to Parliament and governance. Admission is free and bookings are not required. Lecture transcripts and audio and television recordings of the lectures are also available.

    Lecture Series

  • Seminars for public servants

    The Senate provides training for members of the public service including a full-day seminar on the role of the Senate and part-day seminars on topics including Senate committees, the estimates process, getting bills through the Senate, parliamentary privilege and delegated legislation


  • Exhibitions

    Learn about the exhibitions on display in Parliament House, and visit the online exhibitions Women in Federal Parliament; Magna Carta; Making Laws; and For Peace, Order and Good Government


  • Conferences

    Information on upcoming conferences will be made available here. Papers from previous conferences and proceedings are also available.



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Senate sits:
22 February to 3 March 2016

Next Senate Lecture:
11 March 2016

The next lecture, 'Australian Democracy and Executive Law-making: Practice and Principle', will be presented by Professor Cheryl Saunders and Mr Stephen Argument

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