News and Events

Senate next meets

9 to 19 September 2019

Next Senate estimates

21 to 25 October 2019

Next Senate lecture

20 September 2019


The 46th Parliament was opened on Tuesday, 2 July 2019. The Senate sat for a total 95 hours over 11 days in July and August, during which it passed 18 government bills, and defeated one private senator's bill at the second reading. More statistical information is available from StatsNet.

Nine new senators – Senators McDonald, Chandler, Bragg, Ciccone, Hughes, Ayres, O'Sullivan, Sheldon and Green - gave their first speeches during July. Other new senators will give their speeches when the Senate returns in September.

Spotlight on committees

A number of select committees were appointed, and a range of inquiries were established or re-adopted during the sitting weeks bringing the total number of Senate inquiries to 34. Among these is a new select committee to report on the effectiveness of the Australian Government's Northern Australia agenda, and an inquiry by the Community Affairs References Committee into the adequacy of Newstart and related payments.


The annual Harry Evans Lecture will be held on Friday, 20 September 2019 at 12.15 pm. The lecture, titled "The Senate – the struggle continues", will be presented by former Senator Andrew Murray.

Page last updated 6 August 2019