House of Representatives Committees
Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs
Committee establishment, role and history
The standing committee is one of nine
general purpose investigatory committees
established by the House of Representatives of the Parliament of Australia.
Information on the establishment, role and powers of House of Representatives
committees can be found at the Committee
Office home page and in chapters 16 and 17 of the Standing Orders of the House of Representatives.
In summary, the role of the Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs is to carry out inquiries into matters referred to it by the
House of Representatives or a Minister of the Commonwealth Government.
The Committee may also inquire into matters raised in annual reports
of relevant Commonwealth Government departments and authorities or in reports of
the Commonwealth Auditor-General.
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