Votes and Proceedings

 

The Votes and Proceedings are the official record of the proceedings of the House of Representatives. This record contains the proceedings and decisions of the House and the Federation Chamber; and the attendance of Members in the House, including any leave.

Prorogation of the 46th Parliament and Dissolution of the House of Representatives

The 46th Parliament was prorogued at 9.29 am on Monday, 11 April 2022 and the House of Representatives was dissolved at 9.30 am on the same day. A general election for the House of Representatives and half of the Senate will be held on Saturday, 21 May 2022.

After the Parliament is prorogued, bills and other business before the House of Representatives lapse and will need to be reintroduced in the next Parliament. Business before the Senate lapses immediately before the commencement of the next Parliament.

Federal Election — Saturday, 21 May 2022

Writs will be issued for a general election for the House of Representatives and half of the Senate to be held on Saturday, 21 May 2022.

For information about the general election, visit the Australian Electoral Commission website or view the links below.

Parliamentary Committees

Upon dissolution of the House, House committees and joint committees established by Act or resolution cease to exist.

Caretaker government

After the House is dissolved, the Government becomes a caretaker government and, by convention, does not make major decisions, except in consultation with the opposition.

For more information on government guidelines and procedures, including on the Caretaker Conventions, visit the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet website.

What is prorogation?

The Governor-General brings the work of the Parliament to a close by issuing a special proclamation called a prorogation. This is an ancient power of the British Crown adopted in the Australian Parliament as a formal way of closing a session of Parliament.

The House of Representatives is then dissolved (brought to an end). The dissolution of the House of Representatives triggers the issuing of writs for the election of new members to the House.

The Senate is not dissolved, except in the special case of a double dissolution election under section 57 of the Constitution. This last occurred on 9 May 2016.

46th Parliament

The Votes and Proceedings listed below in calendar view link to Parlinfo where HTML and PDF versions of the documents are available.

2022

Month

Date

February 8  9  10  14  15  16  17  
March 29  30  31  
April 11  12  13  14  
May 9  10  11  12  16  17  18  19  
June 7  8  9  20  21  22  23  27  28  29  30  
August 9  10  11  15  16  17  18  
September 5  6  7  8  12  13  14  15  
October 17  18  19  20  24  25  26  27  
November 21  22  23  24  28  29  30  
December 1  

2021

Month

Date

February 2  3  4  15  16  17  18  22  23  24  25  
March 15  16  17  18  22  23  24  25  
May 11  12  13  24  25  26  27  
June 1  2  3  15  16  17  21  22  23  24  
August 3  4  5  9  10  11  12  23  24  25  26  30  31  
September 1  2  
October 18  19  20  21  25  26  27  28  
November 22  23  24  25  29  30  
December 1  2  

2020

Month

Date

February 4  5  6  10  11  12  13  24  25  26  27  
March 2  3  4  5  23  
April 8  
May 12  13  14  
June 10  11  12  15  16  17  18  
August 24  25  26  27  31  
September 1  2  3  
October 6  7  8  19  20  21  22  26  27  28  29  
November 9  10  11  12  30  
December 1  2  3  7  8  9  10  

2019

Month

Date

July 2  3  4  22  23  24  25  29  30  31  
August 1  
September 9  10  11  12  16  17  18  19  
October 14  15  16  17  21  22  23  24  
November 25  26  27  28  
December 2  3  4  5  

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