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Inquiring into the ABC’s complaints handling

A debate about how complaints are handled by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) has highlighted some enduring tensions in relations between the ABC and the Australian Government. Read more...

Who works at Parliament House?

After two weeks of sittings, Parliament adjourns for the winter break, with the corridors no longer crowded with parliamentarians and staff. But who actually works in Parliament House?  Read more...

120th anniversary of the first sitting of the Commonwealth Parliament

The first sitting of the Commonwealth Parliament occurred in Melbourne on 9 May 1901. The Constitution of Australia had come into effect five months earlier, on 1 January 1901, in accordance with a proclamation made by Queen Victoria. In an inauguration ceremony held in Centennial Park, Sydney, Australia’s first Governor-General, Lord Hopetoun, was sworn in and then appointed Australia’s first ministry, led by Edmund Barton. The first federal election was held on 29 and 30 March 1901 to fill 75 House of Representatives and 36 Senate seats. Once this electoral process was complete, the Governor-General, by proclamation issued on 30 April 1901, appointed 12 noon, 9 May 19... Read more...

100th anniversary of the expulsion of Hugh Mahon from the House of Representatives

One hundred years ago, on 11 and 12 November 1920, the House of Representatives debated and agreed to a motion proposed by the Prime Minister, Billy Hughes (Nat., Bradfield, NSW), expelling Hugh Mahon (ALP, Kalgoorlie, WA) from the House. Mahon’s expulsion is the only occasion on which either House of the Commonwealth Parliament has expelled one of its members. Read more...

50th anniversary of the establishment of the modern Senate committee system

Fifty years ago, on 11 June 1970, the Senate agreed to establish seven legislative and general purpose standing committees, and five estimates committees. While the Senate had made use of committees since Federation, this was a significant step in the development of its modern committee system. This system, which has continued to develop since 1970, has greatly enhanced the Senate’s ability to inquire into topical issues, gather evidence from the public, and scrutinise proposed legislation. Read more...

Seventy-fifth anniversary of the first broadcast of the Commonwealth Parliament

8 May 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the first radio broadcast of the proceedings of the Commonwealth Parliament on 8 May 1945. Regular radio broadcasts began in 1946, while regular television broadcasts did not commence until 1990. Read more...

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