7th edition of House of Representatives Practice released


A new edition of House of Representatives Practice, the essential guide to procedure and practice in the House, is now available.

Clerk of the House of Representatives and Editor of House of Representatives Practice, David Elder, said the 7th edition of the House’s ‘bible’ includes milestones from the Chamber that occurred between 2012 and 2018.

“Since the publication of the last edition of the Practice, the House has seen a number of notable events including a prorogation, several uses of the Speaker’s casting vote and the first double dissolution in close to three decades,” Mr Elder said.

“The 7th edition also includes updated references to Section 44 of the Constitution as it relates to citizenship, following a series of resignations and disqualifications in the 45th Parliament.”

Other notable changes in the 7th edition include expanded analysis of the work of House committees and the Federation Chamber, the inclusion of House resolutions regarding Members’ use of electronic devices and references to the House’s new e-petitioning system.

Mr Elder highlighted the work of several staff within the Department of the House of Representatives in preparing the new edition.

House of Representatives Practice is an exhaustively-researched document, and the 7th edition is the result of hundreds of hours of research, fact-checking and review by senior staff in the department and by the department’s Chamber Research Office,” Mr Elder said.

“I would like to particularly recognise the work of the Assistant Editor, Peter Fowler, who has been involved with the production of House of Representatives Practice since the publication of the first edition in 1981.”

The latest edition of House of Representatives Practice is available online at aph.gov.au/practice. Print copies will shortly be available on the website, and at the Parliament House shop.

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