News and Events


The final two sitting weeks for 2020 will be held from 30 November to 10 December. The Week Ahead will be published each week and will contain the Government's proposed legislative program, as well as details of other matters likely to be discussed. The Dynamic Red will be available approximately 15 minutes before the commencement of each sitting day, and is a useful resource for keeping track of business.

This Week in the Senate

30 November to 3 December


A joint sitting of the Western Australian Parliament was held on 25 November 2020 and Senator Ben Small was selected to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of former Senator Cormann. Senator Small is expected to be sworn in on 30 November.

Senator Thorpe, who was sworn in as a senator for Victoria following the resignation of former Senator Di Natale, will give her first speech in the Senate on 2 December 2020.

See Senate Brief No. 1 for more information on casual vacancies.


A range of committee activities will be taking place during the sitting weeks, with a number of reports due to be presented and several public hearings scheduled.

Budget estimates

The 2020-21 budget estimates hearings were held from 19 to 30 October.

You can browse through Parlview to find replays of previous hearings, and the estimates transcript schedule allows you to access all the available Hansards.

Each committee publishes a full list of questions taken on notice and progressively publishes the answers they receive.

For more information, see Senate Brief No. 5 – Consideration of estimates by the Senate's legislation committees.

Senate Occasional Lecture series

The Senate Occasional Lecture series will return in 2021.