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30th anniversary of the Federation Chamber
 Saturday, 8 June 2024

8 June 2024 marks the 30th anniversary of the inaugural sitting of the Federation Chamber.

2024 House sittings commence
 Monday, 5 February 2024

On Tuesday 6 February, the House of Representatives will begin the first sitting week of 2024. Here is a brief overview of what is planned to be debated, and how you can stay up to date during the week.

Speaker's Lecture 2023 - Michelle Grattan AO
 Friday, 3 November 2023

Read or watch Michelle Grattan's 2023 Speaker's Lecture on the state of the Australian political system.

National Reconciliation Week 2023
 Friday, 26 May 2023

National Reconciliation Week runs from 27 May to 3 June and is a chance for Australians to learn about their shared history and how to work towards achieving reconciliation in Australia. Take a look at the significant dates coming up over the next week and the role that the House of Representatives has played.

International Women’s Day 2023 - Interview with Claressa Surtees, Clerk of the House of Representatives
 Wednesday, 8 March 2023

Claressa Surtees is the current Clerk of the House of Representatives – the 17th in the House’s history and the first woman to hold the position. For International Women’s Day, we asked Claressa about her time as Clerk and her reflections on the role.

House sittings commence for 2023
 Friday, 3 February 2023

On Monday 6 February, the House of Representatives will begin the first sitting week of 2023. Here is a brief overview of what is planned to be debated, and how you can stay up to date during the week.

Parliament Explained: Work of the House
 Friday, 6 January 2023

Previous Parliament Explained articles have explored how Australia’s system of government is formed, the House of Representatives and its rules, and the Federation Chamber. This article will examine when the House sits and what happens when it does, House committees, and the petitions system.

Parliament Explained: The House and its rules
 Tuesday, 13 December 2022

Previous Parliament Explained articles have explored Australia’s system of government, how it is formed and its responsibilities, as well as the roles of those within the House of Representatives. This article will examine the House of Representatives chamber, its rules and layout, and the lesser-known Federation Chamber.

Parliament Explained: Role of the House
 Wednesday, 23 November 2022

Previous Parliament Explained articles have explored Australia’s system of government, how government is formed, the responsibilities and levels of government, and the separation of powers. This article will examine what the House of Representatives does and the various roles and responsibilities of those within the House.

Parliament Explained: Government - Part 2
 Monday, 22 August 2022

In our last Parliament Explained article we wrote about our system of government, how government is formed and what the responsibilities of government include. This article will dive deeper into what a responsible government is, the levels of government, the separation of powers and more.

Medium public works template - now accessible online
 Thursday, 18 August 2022

The Public Works Committee of the 47th Parliament has published a medium works notification template for all projects seeking Committee approval between $2 and $15 million ($2 – 75 million for Defence purposes).

Parliament Explained: Government
 Wednesday, 27 July 2022

A system of government is the structure for how a country is run. Some examples of different systems of government are: democracy, communism, dictatorship, monarchy and republic.

The Opening of Parliament
 Monday, 25 July 2022

Tomorrow is the formal opening of the 47th Parliament – this is the first meeting of a new Parliament following the May 2022 general election.

Parliament Explained: Federation
 Tuesday, 5 July 2022

Australia became a nation on 1 January 1901 when six British colonies—New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania—united to form the Commonwealth of Australia. This process is known as Federation.

Parliament Explained: Democracy
 Thursday, 16 June 2022

Democracy means ‘rule by the people’. The word comes from the ancient Greek words ‘demos’ (the people) and ‘kratos’ (to rule).

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