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By-election for the electoral division of Groom
 Thursday, 8 October 2020

A by-election in the division of Groom will be held on Saturday 28 November.

Groom by-election
 Friday, 18 September 2020

A statement from the Speaker, following the resignation of Member for Groom Dr John McVeigh.

House History: The end of the war
 Tuesday, 18 August 2020

On Wednesday 15 August 1945, World War II ended. How was the end of the war marked in the House of Representatives? Read on to find out.

COVID-19: Statement by the Presiding Officers regarding sittings of Parliament – for the period 24 August 2020 to 3 September 2020
 Monday, 17 August 2020

An announcement on arrangements for operations and activities at Parliament House for the upcoming sittings, along with specific requests to persons travelling to the ACT.

The Parliament’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic
 Tuesday, 28 July 2020

Both Houses of the Parliament sat from 10 to 18 June 2020 in what was the first full sitting fortnight since the beginning of March. In the first week, the Houses sat on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (the first sitting Friday since 2008).

Resignation of Member and valedictory remarks
 Friday, 29 May 2020

When a Member resigns his or her seat in the House, he or she must do so by writing to the Speaker (or to the Governor-General if the Speaker is absent). The resignation takes effect and the Member’s seat becomes vacant from the time the letter of resignation is received by the Speaker or the Governor-General.

House Review: 8 April 2020
 Wednesday, 15 April 2020

On 8 April, the focus of the House was on four bills to implement further elements of the Government’s economic response to the coronavirus pandemic.

COVID-19: Statement by the Presiding Officers regarding temporary and precautionary changes to Parliament House operations
 Monday, 16 March 2020

Following implementation of pandemic planning measures, ongoing consultations between the Presiding Officers, Parliamentary Departments and relevant Commonwealth officers and agencies including the Chief Medical Officer, temporary and precautionary changes have been made regarding the operations of Parliament House.

Last chance to have your say on regional Australia
 Thursday, 27 February 2020

Time is running out to have your say on life in regional Australia.

House Review: 4 - 13 February 2020
 Tuesday, 18 February 2020

The first sitting fortnight of the year featured a condolence motion by the Prime Minister on the Australian bushfires; an address by the President of Indonesia; the election of a new Deputy Speaker; and presentation of the Closing the Gap Report 2020.

Mr Llew O’Brien elected Deputy Speaker
 Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien has been elected the 44th Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo addresses the House
 Tuesday, 11 February 2020

On Monday, 10 February 2020, the President of the Republic of Indonesia, His Excellency Mr Joko Widodo, delivered an address in the House of Representatives.

International parliamentarians gather in Canberra
 Monday, 13 January 2020

Canberra is hosting to a meeting of parliamentarians from around the world, with the 28th Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum opened today.

Questions on Notice: We’ll join our Houses
 Wednesday, 4 December 2019

The House and the Senate have the power to investigate matters by using Committees - but what happens if BOTH Houses want to look into an issue?

Questions on Notice: Mace head revisited
 Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Having seen an image of the Mace online, a writer asked the Serjeant if they could see some higher-quality images of the Mace, and about what happened when our current Mace replaced the House’s previous Mace in 1951.

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Media Releases

  • National Redress Scheme hearings continue
     Tuesday, 24 November 2020

    The Joint Select Committee on Implementation of the National Redress Scheme will hold a public hearing this week. The Committee will hear from individuals who have engaged with the Scheme and service providers who are supporting survivors.

  • Juukan Gorge inquiry examines the role of government
     Thursday, 19 November 2020

    Tomorrow, the inquiry into the destruction of Indigenous heritage sites at Juukan Gorge will meet two Western Australian agencies with a key role in the Juukan Gorge tragedy—the Registrar of Aboriginal Sites and the Aboriginal Cultural Material Committee.

  • Superannuation sector scrutiny continues
     Wednesday, 18 November 2020

    Key players in the superannuation sector will be scrutinised at the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics public hearing this Friday.

  • Public Accounts Committee to examine ten audit reports in two new inquiries
     Tuesday, 17 November 2020

    The Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit has launched two new inquiries into Governance of Public Resources and Regulatory Activities as part of its examination of Auditor-General reports.

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