News archive

March 2018

Mitigating migration malpractice

If you've ever engaged the services of an Australian migration agent, a Parliamentary Committee wants to hear your story.

February 2018

Internet competition inquiry ‘fully booked’

The Industry, Innovation, Science and Resources Committee held a roundtable hearing with the Australian Booksellers Association and the Accommodation Association of Australia in February, as part of its Internet Competition inquiry.

Public sector contracting in the spotlight

The Public Accounts and Audit Committee has heard from the Australian National Audit Office, Department of Finance and Australian Public Service Commission at the Committee’s first public hearing for its inquiry into Australian Government Contract Reporting.

Charging forward

One of the hottest topics in both politics and the media at the moment is Australia’s electricity grid. A lot of focus in being put on the cost of electricity and the reliability of the grid when there is a heatwave, but what about the policy and the infrastructure that underpins our electricity market?

December 2017

Family law report tabled

The Social Policy and Legal Affairs Committee has called for swift and urgent improvements to the family law system to better support and protect those affected by family violence.

Marriage Equality by the numbers

At 5:58pm on Thursday 7 December 2017, the House of Representatives agreed to the third reading of the Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017, effectively legalising same-sex marriage in Australia.

November 2017

Taking aim at inauthentic art

Australian Indigenous art is recognisable worldwide and is a popular souvenir for the thousands of tourists who visit Australia each year. However, a number of submissions to the House of Representatives Indigenous Affairs Committee inquiry have stated that a staggering 80% of products sold in tourist focused retail outlets are inauthentic.

October 2016

House committees established

The House of Representatives has established a range of committees to assist the work of the 45th Parliament.

Parliamentary committees investigate specific matters of policy or government administration or performance.

2016 election under scrutiny

The Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters has commenced an inquiry into this year's federal election.

Committee Chair Senator Linda Reynolds said "the inquiry will provide an important opportunity for interested members of the Australian public to provide feedback on the conduct of the 2016 election."

September 2016

e-Petitions for the House of Representatives

It's now even easier to have your say to the Parliament, with the House of Representatives adopting electronic petitioning.

August 2016

New members meet early

Newly-elected members of the House of Representatives have come to Canberra to discuss their new roles as federal parliamentarians.