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Celebrating 75 years of regular radio broadcast of the Australian Parliament
 Thursday, 25 November 2021

This year we celebrated the 75th anniversary of parliamentary broadcasting. Since 1946, Australians have been able to tune in to Parliament from across the country.

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?

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Media Releases

  • Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation and economic opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
     Wednesday, 1 December 2021

    Representatives of the Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation (ILSC) will be appearing before the Northern Australia Committee on Thursday 2 December for its Inquiry into the Opportunities and Challenges of the Engagement of Traditional Owners in the Economic Development of Northern Australia.

  • Review of the ACCC tabled in the House
     Monday, 29 November 2021

    The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics today tabled its report into the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) Annual Reports 2019 and 2020. The report focuses on matters arising from public hearings held in October 2020 and February 2021.

  • Intelligence agencies’ powers under committee scrutiny
     Friday, 26 November 2021

    The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) has commenced a review into proposed new laws, to address critical operational challenges that national intelligence agencies face, in a rapidly evolving security environment.

  • Focus for future Defence resilience – report tabled
     Thursday, 25 November 2021

    The most recent report of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade was presented in the House today.

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