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  1. How can I contact my local Member?

    The List of Members provides contact details including postal addresses, telephone, facsimile and email (if the Member has a parliamentary email account) information for all Members of the House including Ministers. You can also email your local Member via a Feedback Form (available for those Members with email accounts) which is located on the Member's Home Pages .

  2. How can I contact the Prime Minister

    The Prime Ministers Website contact page includes a form for you to ask the Prime Minister a question, give advice and pass on well-wishes.

    If you wish to send invitations, meeting requests or correspondence requiring supporting attachments such as photos or documents, please send them via Australia Post mail to:

    Prime Minister
    Parliament House
    CANBERRA ACT 2600

     

     

  3. How can I find subject information on politics or on political issues

  4. How do I address a member of Parliament

    Prime Minister

    Envelope

    The Hon. Tony Abbott, MP Prime Minister of Australia

    Salutation

    Dear Prime Minister

    Conclusion

    Yours faithfully

    How to address orally

    Prime Minister or Mr Abbott

     

    President of the Senate (when writing formally)

    Envelope

    Senator the Hon. John Hogg President of the Senate

    Salutation

    Dear Mr President

    Conclusion

    Yours faithfully

    How to address orally

    Mr President or Senator Hogg

     

    President of the Senate (when writing to the President in their electoral capacity)

    Envelope

    Senator the Hon. John Hogg

    Salutation

    Dear Senator or Senator Hogg

    Conclusion

    Yours faithfully

    How to address orally

    Senator

     

    Speaker of the House of Representatives (when writing formally)

    Envelope

    The Hon Mrs Bishop, MP Speaker of the House of Representatives

    Salutation

    Dear Madam Speaker

    Conclusion

    Yours faithfully

    How to address orally

    Madam Speaker

     

    Speaker of the House of Representatives (when writing to the Speaker in their electoral capacity)

    Envelope

    The Hon Mrs Bishop, MP Speaker of the House of Representatives

    Salutation

    Dear Mrs Bishop

    Conclusion

    Yours faithfully

    How to address orally

    Madam Speaker

     

    Minister (Senate)

    Envelope

    Senator the Hon. Eric Abetz, Minister for Employment

    Salutation

    Dear Minister

    Conclusion

    Yours faithfully

    How to address orally

    Minister or Senator

       

    Minister (House of Representatives)

    Envelope

    The Hon. Christopher Pyne, MP Minister for Education

    Salutation

    Dear Minister

    Conclusion

    Yours faithfully

    How to address orally

    Minister or Mr Pyne

       

    Assistant Treasurer (Senate)

    Envelope

    Senator the Hon. Arthur Sinodinos AO, Assistant Treasurer

    Salutation

    Dear Assistant Treasurer

    Conclusion

    Yours faithfully

    How to address orally

    Minister or Senator

       

    Assistant Minister (House of Representatives)

    Envelope

    The Hon. Sussan Ley, Assistant Minister for Education

    Salutation

    Dear Assistant Minister

    Conclusion

    Yours faithfully

    How to address orally

    Minister or Ms Ley

       

    Parliamentary Secretary (Senate)

    Envelope

    Senator the Hon. Scott Ryan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education

    Salutation

    Dear Senator Ryan

    Conculsion

    Yours faithfully

    How to address orally

    Senator Ryan

       

    Parliamentary Secretary (House of Representatives)

    Envelope

    The Hon. Darren Chester, MP Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence

    Salutation

    Dear Mr Chester

    Conculsion

    Yours faithfully

    How to address orally

    Mr Chester

       

    Senator

    Envelope

    Senator Richard Di Natale, Senator for Victoria

    Salutation

    Dear Senator

    Conclusion

    Yours faithfully

    How to address orally

    Senator

       

    Member (House of Representatives)

    Envelope

    Mr Michael Danby, MP

    Salutation

    Dear Sir

    Conclusion

    Yours faithfully

    How to address orally

    Mr Danby

    Who can use the title Honourable?

    A Member or Senator who becomes a Minister is appointed to the Executive Council and thus has the title ‘Honourable’ while they remain Executive Councillors. It rests with the Governor-General to continue or terminate membership of the Executive Council and consequently the right to the title. With one exception, Ministers appointed to the Executive Council have not in the past had their appointment to the Council terminated upon termination of their commission and hence have retained the title ‘Honourable’ for life. Parliamentary Secretaries also have the title ‘Honourable’ when, as has been the recent practice, they have been appointed to the Executive Council. It is established custom for a Member who is elected Speaker to use the title ‘Honourable’ during his or her period of office and to be granted the privilege of retaining the title for life if he or she serves in the office for three or more years. Source: House of Representatives Practice (5th edition)

  5. How do I find out about the work of the House?

    The Votes and Proceedings is the official record (or minutes) of the proceedings of the House of Representatives. It records in concise form the decisions made by the House, papers presented, legislation presented or considered, motions moved, the attendance of Members and any other business which takes place. 

    The parliamentary debates, often referred to as Hansard, record what was said in the House. The debates are available in HTML.

    The Work of the Session is a periodic summary of the business completed by the House of Representatives and House and joint committees. It is usually published twice each year. The most recent issue and back issues from 1990 are available in PDF.

  6. How do I find the names of Opposition Leaders or Ministers or Prime Ministers since 1901?

    This information can be found in the historical Parliamentary information contained in the Parliamentary Handbook.

    As well as Opposition Leaders since 1901, from this page you will also find information such as Governors-General since 1901, Senators and Members since 1901, Prime Ministers since 1901, Ministries since 1901, and much more.

  7. How do I get my petition before the House and what will happen to it after it is presented?

     

    The House has established a Standing Committee on Petitions to ensure that all petitions presented to the House are considered and responded to appropriately.  Petitions may be sent directly to the Committee or to a Member to pass on to the Committee.  There are a number of rules regarding the form and content of petitions and it is the Committee’s role to check that all petitions conform to these rules before they are presented to the House of Representatives.  Information on how to prepare a petition to meet the House’s requirements is available on the Committee’s website.

     

    Most petitions are presented to the House by the Chair of the Petitions Committee on sitting Mondays, but any Member may present a petition.  In all cases, petitions must first be assessed by the Petitions Committee.  Once presented, the text of the petition is included in the Hansard (official transcript) and published to the Petition Committee’s website.  After presentation, the terms of a petition may be referred by the Petitions Committee to the relevant Minister/s for comment.  The response is later published on the Committee’s website.

  8. How do I make a reference to a second reading speech?

    An example of how to reference a second reading speech is shown below:

    Mr Billson, Second Reading speech: Competition and Consumer Legislation Amendment Bill 2011, 7 July 2011, accessible in Parlinfo Search .

  9. How do I request a copy of Parliamentary proceedings?

    The proceedings of the House of Representatives, the Senate, parliamentary committees and parliamentary events are recorded and available to Members, Senators, general public, media and other organisations upon request.

    You can request a copy of parliamentary proceedings by contacting the DPS Broadcasting Content section, providing the following information:

    Name of event, chamber or committee
    Date
    Start and end time
    Your contact details
    Tape/file format

    Then email, fax or mail your request to

    DPS Broadcasting Content
    c/o Production Office, SB011
    PO Box 6000, Parliament House Canberra ACT 2600
    broadcasting@aph.gov.au,
    Fax 02 6277 8389

    Please note not all committee hearings are televised.

    Stock and dubbing charges apply and are available upon request.

    Many different formats are available such as VHS, DVD, media files and broadcast quality media.

    For more information please contact Client Support on 02 6277 2020.

  10. How is the Ministry selected?

    Ministers are selected by the Prime Minister who also allocates portfolios.  The Cabinet, consisting of senior Ministers presided over the Prime Minister, is the Government’s pre-eminent policy-making body.  Major policy and legislative proposals are decided by the Cabinet.  However, as far as the proceedings of the House are concerned, no differentiation is made between Cabinet Ministers and other Ministers.

  11. How to contact Senators and Members of Parliament

    You can contact a Senator or Member in a number of ways:
    • by phone
    • by fax
    • by post
    • by email (if a Senator or Member has an email address) or by using the contact form which some Senators and Members prefer to use.

    The Parliament site provides a number of contact lists for both Senators and Members which you can print out, download or quickly browse.

    For contact information on Senators.

    For contact information on Members.

    If you would like to email messages to either a Senator or Member, click on the Home Pages option where you will find an email address or a feedback form.

    Please do not send mail for Senators or Members of Parliament to the Web Manager's mail box . This Web Manager's mailbox is for problems or comments regarding the site and the mail sent here does not reach Senators or Members.

  12. How to I find out information about Committees or get Committee transcripts?

    There are links to all current Committees from the list of Committees.

    Committee transcripts are found by searching Hansard under the name of the Committee. Please note that there are sometimes delays in making transcripts available as they are proofed.

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