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Parliament of Australia

Parliament of Australia

Formally named the Parliament of the Commonwealth, it is made up of a total of 226 people popularly elected to the Senate and House of Representatives to represent the interests of Australians and to make laws.

Parliament of Australia

Bills and legislation

A bill is a proposal for a law or a change to an existing law. A bill becomes law (an Act) when agreed to in identical form by both houses of Parliament and assented to by the Governor-General.
Links to current and previous bills and other resources.

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Parliamentary committees investigate specific matters of policy or government administration or performance.
Links to current Senate, House and Joint Parliamentary Committees.

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Explanatory memoranda index

Explanatory memorandum accompanies and provides an explanation of the content of the first reading of a Bill.

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Current issues of interest to members of the Australian Parliament.

Department of Parliamentary Services

Frequently asked questions about parliament

Gives answers to frequently asked questions about Parliament, the House of Representatives and the Senate.

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Government ministry

Lists the current Australian Government Ministers and their portfolios. Also has links to previous ministries.

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Hansard is the name given to the edited transcripts of debates in the Senate, House of Representatives, Main Committee and parliamentary committees. They are published shortly after the chamber or committee proceedings have concluded.

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Parliament and government

Gives a descriptive overview of the Australian Parliament. It discusses the Parliamentary system, the separation of powers, Commonwealth Parliament, executive government and the federal judicature as well as providing links to further information.

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This site is for teachers and students and provides information about current state, territory and Commonwealth parliamentarians and electorates.

Education Services Australia Limited

Parliamentary handbook

Provides a wealth of information on the current Australian Commonwealth Parliament, together with historical information on the Parliament since Federation.

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Parliamentary information

Provides links to information about the current parliament and advice and guidance about the operations of Cabinet and the Federal Executive.

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

ParlInfo Search

Perform a search or explore the collections by browsing. Guided search provides searches for frequently sought information.

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Political parties and organisations

Key internet links to Australian political parties and organisations as well as to political parties in Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States and other countries.

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Senate estimates

Estimates of government expenditure are referred to Senate committees as part of the annual budget cycle.
Senate estimates hearings are broadcast live over the internet.

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Shadow Ministry

Lists the current Shadow Ministers and their portfolios. Also has links to previous ministries.

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Sitting calendar

Scheduled sitting days of the Parliament of Australia. Links to printable and text only versions of this calendar are available from this page.

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Watch parliament

Live webcasting of the proceedings of Senate, House of Representatives, House of Representatives main committees and parliamentary committees.

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