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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).

Have your say on House Committee reports
 Thursday, 2 June 2022

The Department of the House of Representatives is undertaking a review into House Committee reports’ readability and accessibility.

The Parliament has been prorogued and dissolved, but what does this mean?
 Monday, 11 April 2022

The Official Secretary to the Governor-General has just read the proclamation proroguing the parliament and dissolving the House of Representatives, officially bringing an end to the 46th Parliament. When the House is dissolved, this triggers a general election. At the same time, the Governor-General has also prorogued the Parliament. What does this all mean?

Federal Budget 2022-23
 Monday, 28 March 2022

Tomorrow is Budget Day - one of the busiest and most important sitting days of the parliamentary year. It is the day when the government announces the Federal Budget.

International Women's Day - Celebrating women in Parliament
 Wednesday, 9 March 2022

This International Women's Day, About the House is celebrating remarkable firsts achieved by female political leaders in the Federal Parliament.

House sittings commence for 2022
 Tuesday, 8 February 2022

Today, the House of Representatives will begin the first sitting week of 2022. Here is a brief overview of what is planned to be debated, and how you can stay up to date during the week.

Inquiries accepting submissions over the summer break
 Thursday, 23 December 2021

Looking for something to do over the summer break? Parliamentary committees investigate specific matters of policy or government administration or performance. These Committees provide an opportunity for organisations and individuals to participate in policy making and to have their views placed on the public record and considered as part of the decision-making process.

Celebrating 75 years of regular radio broadcast of the Australian Parliament
 Thursday, 25 November 2021

This year we celebrated the 75th anniversary of parliamentary broadcasting. Since 1946, Australians have been able to tune in to Parliament from across the country.

By-election for the electoral division of Groom
 Thursday, 8 October 2020

A by-election in the division of Groom will be held on Saturday 28 November.

Groom by-election
 Friday, 18 September 2020

A statement from the Speaker, following the resignation of Member for Groom Dr John McVeigh.

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Media Releases

  • Mobile infrastructure sharing examined
     Wednesday, 28 September 2022

    Mobile infrastructure services will be the focus of a new parliamentary inquiry. The House Communications and the Arts Committee will hear evidence on co-investment in regional mobile carrier infrastructure.

  • AEC to appear before parliamentary election inquiry
     Tuesday, 27 September 2022

    Federal parliament’s Electoral Matters committee will begin hearings for its inquiry into the 2022 federal election by speaking with the Australian Electoral Commission tomorrow (28 September).

  • Intelligence and Security Committee endorses criminal listing of eight terrorist organisations
     Monday, 26 September 2022

    The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) has supported the listing of Hamas and the National Socialist Order (NSO) and the re-listing of Abu Sayyaf Group, al-Qa’ida, al-Qa’ida in the Lands of the Islamic Maghreb, Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham, Hurras al-Din and Jemaah Islamiyah as terrorist organisations under Australia’s Criminal Code.

  • Parliamentary Committee reviews new ATO premises
     Monday, 26 September 2022

    The Australian Taxation Office’s proposed fit-out of new leased premises at 6 Paramatta Square, Sydney, NSW will be reviewed by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works at a public hearing on 30 September 2022.

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