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Commemorating Australia’s First Indigenous Senator

On Friday 18 June, Professor Megan Davis presented a Senate Occasional Lecture to mark fifty years since Mr Neville Bonner AO (1922– 99) became the first Indigenous member of federal Parliament.

Selected to fill a casual vacancy in the Senate for Queensland in June 1971, Mr Bonner, a Jagera man, went on to be elected four times, serving as Australia’s first Indigenous senator until 1983.

A replay of the event is available from ParlView.

Navigate Senate Committees

A new website was launched on 2 December 2020 which explores the work of committees from 1901 to the present.


The 2021-22 budget estimates hearings were held from 24 May to 4 June 2021.

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.


The Senate returns at midday on 3 August. The week ahead will be published on 2 August and will contain the Government's proposed legislative program, as well as details of other matters likely to be discussed. The Dynamic Red, which will be available approximately 15 minutes before the commencement of each sitting day, is not only a useful resource for keeping track of business, but now also provides full details of divisions - including how each senator voted - in real time. 

Senate Occasional Lecture series

Details of the next lecture will be advised when available.