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Senate

The Senate is one of the two houses of the Australian Federal Parliament. It consists of 76 senators, twelve from each of the six states and two from each of the mainland territories. It shares the power to make laws with the other House of the Parliament, the House of Representatives.

Prorogation of the 45th Parliament and the general election

On 11 April 2019, a proclamation was issued by the Governor-General, acting on the advice of the Prime Minister, proroguing (or formally bringing to a close) the 45th Parliament at 8.29am on 11 April. The general election was held on 18 May 2019.

Details of the composition of the 46th Parliament will be published when available. Details of the composition of the Senate in the 45th Parliament can be found here.

 

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Senators

Information on the President of the Senate, current and former senators and ministers.

Committees

Find current inquiries, upcoming hearings, recent reports, committee homepages and more.

Work of the Senate

Follow the business of the Senate with the documents that guide and govern proceedings.


Estimates

Estimates of government expenditure are referred to Senate committees for examination.

Practice and Procedure

Learn about the Senate, its history and all aspects of its powers, procedures and practices.

News and Events

The latest news from the Senate and its committees, and information about lectures, seminars, exhibitions and conferences.

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