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  • Committee to examine efficacy of vegetation and land management policy on bushfires

    The House of Representatives Standing Committee on the Environment has commenced an inquiry into the efficacy of past and current vegetation and land management policy, practice and legislation and their effect on the intensity and frequency of bushfires and subsequent risk to property, life and the environment.

    Media release issue date: Friday, 6 December 2019


  • Inquiry steps up on Defence and the Pacific

    A new Parliamentary inquiry will examine Australia’s Defence relationship with Pacific Island nations in the context of the Pacific Step-up.

    Media release issue date: Thursday, 5 December 2019


  • Public Accounts Annual Report 2018-19

    The Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit yesterday presented its Annual Report 2018-19, which showcases the work of its predecessor committee of the 45th Parliament.

    Media release issue date: Thursday, 5 December 2019


  • First hearing for 2019 election inquiry

    The Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters will hear from the Australian Electoral Commission tomorrow at the first public hearing for the inquiry into the 2019 federal election.

    Media release issue date: Thursday, 5 December 2019


  • Inquiry into a framework for autonomous sanctions under Australian law to target human rights abuses

    Senator the Hon David Fawcett, Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade, announced today a new parliamentary inquiry which will examine whether Australia should adopt legal measures to impose sanctions upon individuals who commit gross human rights abuses.

    Media release issue date: Wednesday, 4 December 2019


  • Intelligence Committee tables review of citizenship loss provisions

    The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) has today tabled its report on its Review of the Australian Citizenship renunciation by conduct and cessation provisions.

    Media release issue date: Wednesday, 4 December 2019


  • Checking in on online age verification

    This week the House Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs will hold two public hearings for its inquiry into age verification for online pornography and online wagering.

    Media release issue date: Wednesday, 4 December 2019


  • Committee delegates attend Antarctic Parliamentarians Assembly in London

    After 60 years of the Antarctic Treaty, the future of the region is the focus of an international assembly to manage the issues affecting the global asset for the future.

    Media release issue date: Wednesday, 4 December 2019


  • 30 years of intelligence oversight

    The Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee is marking 30 years of operation with the presentation if its Annual report of Committee activities for 2018-2019.

    Media release issue date: Wednesday, 4 December 2019


  • Education in remote and complex environments

    The House Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Training has launched an inquiry into the education of students in remote and complex environments.

    Media release issue date: Wednesday, 4 December 2019


  • Activating trade and investment for a win-win in the Pacific

    The Parliament’s Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has launched a new inquiry into activating trade and investment between Australia and Pacific island countries.

    Media release issue date: Tuesday, 3 December 2019


  • Through the telescope – a trio of treaties

    The Joint Standing Committee on Treaties has tabled a report endorsing three proposed treaty actions.

    Media release issue date: Tuesday, 3 December 2019


  • 5G inquiry talks to the experts

    An inquiry into 5G mobile technology in Australia will continue this week, with a hearing in Canberra.

    Media release issue date: Tuesday, 3 December 2019


  • Lands of opportunity

    As part of a Federal Parliament inquiry into economic engagement with Traditional Owners, Members of Parliament are travelling to the Northern Territory.

    Media release issue date: Monday, 2 December 2019


  • Focus on the Administration of Government Grants

    The Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit has commenced an inquiry into the administration of government grants capturing issues contained in Auditor-General’s reports 5 and 12 (2019-20).

    Media release issue date: Monday, 2 December 2019


  • PFAS remediation work in the spotlight

    On Monday 2 December 2019, the PFAS Sub-committee of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade (JSCFADT) will hear from the Department of Defence about the effectiveness of its National PFAS Investigation and Management Program.

    Media release issue date: Friday, 29 November 2019


  • Review of the re-listing of four organisations as terrorist organisations under the Criminal Code

    The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) has commenced a review of the re-listing of four organisations as terrorist organisations under the Criminal Code Act 1995 (the Criminal Code).

    Media release issue date: Thursday, 28 November 2019


  • APRA to appear before House Economics Committee

    The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) will appear before the House Economics Committee at a public hearing on Monday, 2 December 2019, as part of its review of the 2019 APRA Annual Report.

    Media release issue date: Thursday, 28 November 2019


  • Trade Committee exports parliament to Sydney

    An inquiry into supporting Australia’s export market is exporting the work of the federal parliament to Sydney, where it will hold a hearing on Friday.

    Media release issue date: Thursday, 28 November 2019


  • Committee to discuss regional migration with local government peak body

    The Joint Standing Committee on Migration is holding a public hearing for its inquiry into migration in regional Australia on 27 November 2019.

    Media release issue date: Tuesday, 26 November 2019


  • PFAS Health Study continues

    On Monday 25 November, the PFAS Sub-committee of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade (JSCFADT) will hold the first public hearing for its inquiry into the Department of Defence’s remediation of per-and poly-fluoroalkyl substance (PFAS) contamination on defence bases.

    Media release issue date: Friday, 22 November 2019


  • Press freedom inquiry reporting timeframe

    The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) is busy finalising its consideration of the Inquiry into the impact of the exercise of law enforcement and intelligence powers on the freedom of the press.

    Media release issue date: Thursday, 21 November 2019


  • International Grand Committee meets in Dublin and agrees principles to advance global regulation of social media

    Law makers from seven countries have signed a declaration in Dublin to advance international collaboration in the regulation of social media to combat harmful content, hate speech and electoral interference online.

    Media release issue date: Monday, 18 November 2019


  • First public hearing for 5G inquiry

    The Standing Committee on Communications and the Arts is holding a public hearing at Southport, Queensland on Tuesday, 19 November 2019 for its inquiry into the deployment, adoption and application of 5G in Australia.

    Media release issue date: Monday, 18 November 2019


  • Committee to examine migration in South Australia

    The Joint Standing Committee on Migration is headed to South Australia to examine how to encourage migrants to settle and remain in regional areas, in the first round of regional hearings for its inquiry into migration in regional Australia.

    Media release issue date: Monday, 18 November 2019


  • Rising allergies on the agenda

    The House of Representatives Health, Aged Care and Sport Committee is holding public hearings in Sydney and Melbourne next week as part of its inquiry into Allergy and Anaphylaxis.

    Media release issue date: Friday, 15 November 2019


  • Experts to discuss fixed four-year terms

    Would the House of Representatives work more effectively with fixed four-year terms? What would that mean for the Senate? If the length of terms was fixed, in what circumstances should an early election be allowed?

    Media release issue date: Tuesday, 5 November 2019


  • Promoting Indigenous Opportunity

    The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Indigenous Affairs has launched an inquiry today into pathways and participation opportunities for Indigenous Australians in employment and business.

    Media release issue date: Monday, 28 October 2019


  • Traditional Owners in Far North Queensland

    As part of a Federal Parliament inquiry into economic engagement with Traditional Owners, Members of Parliament are travelling to Cairns, Hope Vale and the Torres Strait.

    Media release issue date: Monday, 28 October 2019


  • Dealing with the garbage–Rethinking Australia’s Waste

    The House Standing Committee on Industry, Innovation, Science and Resources today launched an inquiry into Australia’s Waste Management and Recycling Industries.

    Media release issue date: Friday, 25 October 2019


  • Report tabled on identity-matching bills

    A parliamentary report into the Identity-matching Services Bill 2019 and the Australian Passports Amendment (Identity-matching Services) Bill 2019 has recommended both bills be strengthened to provide protections for Australian citizens.

    Media release issue date: Thursday, 24 October 2019


  • Financing faster rail: connecting Australians to housing, jobs and services

    The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Infrastructure, Transport and Cities just launched its inquiry into options for financing faster rail.

    Media release issue date: Wednesday, 23 October 2019


  • Parliamentary committee to examine options for financing faster rail

    The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Infrastructure, Transport and Cities has commenced a new inquiry into options for financing faster rail.

    Media release issue date: Wednesday, 23 October 2019


  • Parliament looks far north for new ideas

    As part of a Federal Parliament inquiry into economic engagement with Traditional Owners, Members of Parliament are travelling north to hear new ideas.

    Media release issue date: Tuesday, 22 October 2019


  • Ongoing review of PFAS remediation work

    Over the 46th Parliament, the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade will undertake a watching brief of government action on per-and poly-fluoroalkyl substance (PFAS) harms and their remediation.

    Media release issue date: Monday, 21 October 2019


  • Question time survey closes soon

    Time is running out to complete the online survey now open as part of a parliamentary inquiry considering question time in the House of Representatives.

    Media release issue date: Friday, 18 October 2019


  • A bag full of treaties

    The Joint Standing Committee on Treaties has tabled a report on nine proposed treaty actions.

    Media release issue date: Friday, 18 October 2019


  • Committee considers export opportunities

    On Friday, 18 October 2019, the Trade and Investment Growth Committee is holding a public hearing in Canberra as part of its Inquiry into Supporting Australia’s Exports and Attracting Investment.

    Media release issue date: Wednesday, 16 October 2019


  • National Capital in the spotlight

    The Joint Standing Committee on the National Capital and External Territories will hear from the National Capital Authority about its role and present issues relating to the national capital on Thursday, at the Committee’s biannual public briefing.

    Media release issue date: Wednesday, 16 October 2019


  • Public hearings on nuclear energy

    The House of Representatives Standing Committee on the Environment and Energy is holding further public hearings in Canberra on the prerequisites for nuclear energy in Australia.

    Media release issue date: Tuesday, 15 October 2019


  • Migration in regional Australia under the spotlight

    The Joint Standing Committee on Migration is holding the first public hearing for its inquiry into migration in regional Australia in Canberra on 16 October 2019.

    Media release issue date: Tuesday, 15 October 2019


  • Committee tables report on bill restricting parole for terrorists

    Today the Chair of the Parliament’s intelligence and security committee tabled its Advisory report on the Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment (2019 Measures No. 1) Bill 2019.

    Media release issue date: Monday, 14 October 2019


  • House Economics Committee to scrutinise smaller banks

    The House Economics Committee will scrutinise Macquarie, Bendigo and Adelaide Bank, Bank of Queensland, Suncorp, Citi, and the Australian Banking Association at a public hearing in Canberra on 29 November 2019.

    Media release issue date: Monday, 14 October 2019


  • ASIC to appear before House Economics Committee

    The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) will appear before the House Economics Committee at a public hearing on Wednesday, 16 October 2019, as part of its review of the regulator’s performance.

    Media release issue date: Friday, 11 October 2019


  • Economics Committee to scrutinise superannuation sector

    The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics will scrutinise the superannuation sector over two days of hearings in Canberra on 21 and 22 November 2019, as part of its ongoing review of the four major banks and other financial institutions.

    Media release issue date: Thursday, 10 October 2019


  • Two trade agreements to help bolster global trading system

    The Joint Standing Committee on Treaties has today tabled a report on Australia’s proposed free trade agreements with Indonesia and Hong Kong.

    Media release issue date: Wednesday, 9 October 2019


  • Public hearing on nuclear energy

    The House of Representatives Standing Committee on the Environment and Energy is holding a further hearing in Sydney on the prerequisites for nuclear energy in Australia.

    Media release issue date: Tuesday, 8 October 2019


  • Question time survey: your answers sought

    An online survey launched today makes it easy for you to have your say about improving question time in the House of Representatives.

    Media release issue date: Wednesday, 2 October 2019


  • Public hearings on nuclear energy

    The House of Representatives Standing Committee on the Environment and Energy is traveling around the country for a series of public hearings on nuclear energy in Australia.

    Media release issue date: Monday, 30 September 2019


  • Committee to review citizenship cessation bill

    The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) has commenced a review into the Australian Citizenship Amendment (Citizenship Cessation) Bill 2019.

    Media release issue date: Friday, 20 September 2019


  • Parliament looks to regional Australia

    Regional Australia will be the focus of a new select committee launched today.

    Media release issue date: Friday, 20 September 2019


  • Pens, pencils or iPads: what role could new technology play in future elections?

    The Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters wants to know if new technology has a role to play in Federal elections.

    Media release issue date: Thursday, 19 September 2019


  • 5G opportunities and challenges to be examined

    The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Communications and the Arts has commenced a Parliament-first inquiry into fifth-generation (5G) mobile network technology.

    Media release issue date: Thursday, 19 September 2019


  • National security and law enforcement impacts on the press - hearings continue

    The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) will hold two further public hearings this week for its Inquiry into the impact of the exercise of law enforcement and intelligence powers on the freedom of the press.

    Media release issue date: Thursday, 19 September 2019


  • Industry Committee to hold public roundtable on nuclear industry in Australia

    The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Industry, Innovation, Science and Resources will hold a public roundtable into the nuclear industry in Australia.

    Media release issue date: Thursday, 19 September 2019


  • Public hearing on nuclear energy

    Nuclear security and non-proliferation issues will be discussed in the latest public hearings of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on the Environment and Energy inquiry into the prerequisites for nuclear energy in Australia.

    Media release issue date: Wednesday, 18 September 2019


  • Experts to discuss fixed four-year terms for the Australian Parliament

    Should Australia move to fixed four-year parliamentary terms? A parliamentary committee will hold a roundtable discussion on this topic on Thursday 7 November 2019, and has invited questions and views from the public.

    Media release issue date: Monday, 16 September 2019


  • ACCC to appear before House Economics Committee

    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) will appear before the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics at a public hearing in Canberra on Wednesday, 18 September 2019.

    Media release issue date: Monday, 16 September 2019


  • Examining Efficiency and Effectiveness

    The Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit has commenced an inquiry into the efficiency and effectiveness of the delivery of a number of government programs as part of its statutory responsibility to examine Auditor-General’s reports.

    Media release issue date: Friday, 13 September 2019


  • Social responsibility? Digital platforms and elections

    Political advertising on social and traditional media is being investigated by the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters as part of its inquiry into the 2019 Federal election.

    Media release issue date: Friday, 13 September 2019


  • Three new inquiries for Public Works Committee

    The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works has announced that it will scrutinise two new proposals from the Department of Defence and one from the Australian Federal Police.

    Media release issue date: Thursday, 12 September 2019


  • A flourish of treaty activity

    The Joint Standing Committee on Treaties will be holding public hearings on Monday 16 September 2019 into three treaties: Investments with Uruguay; the ISDS UN Convention; and Double Taxation with Israel.

    Media release issue date: Thursday, 12 September 2019


  • Engaging Traditional Owners

    The Northern Australia Committee has re-commenced its inquiry into the economic engagement of Traditional Owners.

    Media release issue date: Thursday, 12 September 2019


  • Allergies and anaphylaxis under the microscope

    The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Health, Aged Care and Sport has commenced an inquiry into allergies and anaphylaxis in Australia.

    Media release issue date: Thursday, 12 September 2019


  • Age verification – keeping minors safe online

    With 44 per cent of children between 9 and 16 reporting that they have encountered sexual images online, a parliamentary committee has launched an inquiry into the effectiveness of age verification systems on pornographic and gambling websites.

    Media release issue date: Wednesday, 11 September 2019


  • Intelligence and Security Committee supports the listing of terrorist organisations

    The Intelligence and Security Committee today tabled its report supporting regulations listing and re-listing groups, such as Islamic State-Somalia, as terrorist organisations under the Criminal Code.

    Media release issue date: Tuesday, 10 September 2019


  • Support for exports explored

    The government’s role in supporting exporters and encouraging trade and investment will be the focus of a public hearing on Friday 13 September.

    Media release issue date: Tuesday, 10 September 2019


  • Professor Graeme Samuel to appear before House Economics Committee

    The Chair of the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) Capability Review Panel, Professor Graeme Samuel AC, will appear before the House Economics Committee at a public hearing on Wednesday, 11 September 2019, as part of the committee’s review of the performance and operation of Australia’s banking, insurance and superannuation regulator.

    Media release issue date: Monday, 9 September 2019


  • Making agriculture a $100 billion industry

    The House Standing Committee on Agriculture and Water Resources will today launch an inquiry into growing Australian agriculture to $100 billion by 2030.

    Media release issue date: Tuesday, 3 September 2019


  • Two Treaties, Three Cities

    The Joint Standing Committee on Treaties will be holding hearings on the Hong Kong and Indonesia free trade agreements in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth in the coming weeks.

    Media release issue date: Thursday, 22 August 2019


  • Economics Committee to scrutinise the four major banks

    Australia’s four major banks will appear before the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics at public hearings in Canberra on 8 and 15 November 2019.

    Media release issue date: Monday, 19 August 2019


  • Learning from regional migration success stories

    A federal parliamentary committee is hitting the road to find out what can be done to increase the number of migrants moving to regional areas.

    Media release issue date: Wednesday, 14 August 2019


  • Trade and Investment Growth Inquiry Commences

    The Joint Standing Committee on Trade and Investment Growth has commenced an Inquiry into Supporting Australia’s Exports and Attracting Investment.

    Media release issue date: Monday, 12 August 2019


  • National security and law enforcement impacts on the press - hearings commence

    The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security will hold two public hearings this week for its Inquiry into the impact of the exercise of law enforcement and intelligence powers on the freedom of the press.

    Media release issue date: Monday, 12 August 2019


  • Election inspection: have your say on the 2019 polls

    Submissions are now open for the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters inquiry into the 2019 Federal Election. The roles of pre-poll voting, political advertising standards, disinformation and third-party actors are expected to be examined by the Committee.

    Media release issue date: Friday, 9 August 2019


  • Committee to review three national security bills

    The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security has commenced two reviews into the three new national security bills.

    Media release issue date: Friday, 9 August 2019


  • Committee to explore nuclear power option

    The House of Representatives Standing Committee on the Environment and Energy has commenced an inquiry into the prerequisites for nuclear energy in Australia.

    Media release issue date: Wednesday, 7 August 2019


  • Reserve Bank Governor to appear before House Economics Committee in Canberra

    The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics will hold a public hearing with the Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA), Dr Philip Lowe, on Friday, 9 August 2019 in Canberra.

    Media release issue date: Tuesday, 6 August 2019


  • Indonesia and Hong Kong free trade agreements ready for review

    Major free trade agreements with Hong Kong and Indonesia will be considered by Parliament’s Treaties Committee in coming weeks.

    Media release issue date: Friday, 2 August 2019


  • New leadership for Territory oversight

    The Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on the National Capital and External Territories has started work under new leadership, after electing the Hon Keith Pitt MP as its Chair and Senator Carol Brown as Deputy Chair.

    Media release issue date: Friday, 2 August 2019


  • Committee questions Question Time

    Can question time in the House of Representatives be improved? What can we learn from other parliaments? These questions and more will be considered by the House Procedure Committee, and the Australian public is being invited to have its say.

    Media release issue date: Friday, 2 August 2019


  • Committee to hear from Government and civil society on citizenship loss provisions

    The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) will hold a public hearing for its Review of the Australian Citizenship renunciation by conduct and cessation provisions.

    Media release issue date: Thursday, 1 August 2019


  • Committee to scrutinise groups listed as terrorist organisations

    The Intelligence and Security Committee will question the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) and the Department of Home Affairs in relation to six organisations proposed to be listed as terrorist organisations under the Criminal Code Act 1995 (the Criminal Code) during a public hearing in Canberra tomorrow.

    Media release issue date: Tuesday, 30 July 2019


  • Committee to scrutinise the impact of the exercise of law enforcement and intelligence powers on the freedom of the press

    The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) has commenced an inquiry into the impact of the exercise of law enforcement and intelligence powers on the freedom of the press. The inquiry was referred by the Attorney-General, The Hon Christian Porter MP, on 4 July 2019, for the PJCIS to inquire into the Terms of Reference.

    Media release issue date: Friday, 5 July 2019




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