Making a law
Get an introduction to the law-making process of the Australian Parliament with this short video. It includes all the law-making steps in the Senate and House of Representatives.
Teachers can use this video to introduce the topic of law-making in the Australian Parliament to their students. This supports the Year 6 and Year 8 units of work and the Create political parties Classroom activity.
Duration: 3 min 18 sec
|Opening credits showing images of the Senate, the House of Representatives, the Australian flag, the Governor- General, and the Main Committee Room.||Music|
|Title: About Parliament: Making a Law.||Making a Law.|
|Footage of people walking in a shopping area.||Presenter: One of the main roles of the Parliament is to make laws for the people of Australia.|
|Footage of the front cover of the Constitution. The front cover opens to show section 51 of the Constitution.
Footage of a helicopter and a plane, international flags, coins and a wedding photo.
|Presenter: Under Australia's Constitution, the federal Parliament makes laws on important national matters such as defence, immigration, taxation, and even marriage.|
|Footage of an Australian flag next to pictures of various bills: Australian Education Amendment Bill 2017 Agriculture and Water Resources Legislation Amendment Bill 2016, National Cancer Screening Register Bill 2016; Farm Household Support Amendment Bill 2017, Counter- Terrorism Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2016; Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Amendment Bill 2017.||Presenter: A proposal for a new law, or a change to an old one, is called a bill.|
|The presenter stands in the House of Representatives.||Presenter: Most bills are introduced into the Parliament by government ministers and usually begin here in the House of Representatives.|
|The Prime Minister, the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, speaks from the Despatch Box in the House of Representatives.||Prime Minister: Following our re-election, we are therefore again seeking to honour our commitment to the Australian people by reintroducing the Fair Work Registered Organisations Amendment Bill.|
|The presenter stands in the House of Representatives.||Presenter: Once a bill is introduced, members can debate the bill and then vote on it.|
|Members of the House of Representatives debate a bill in the House of Representatives.||The Hon Chris Bowen MP: The Labor Party supports this bill and we support its expeditious passage through this place and the other place. I note that the government has provided a full briefing to the opposition, which the opposition appreciates and we understand the reasons why the government has moved in this direction.
The Hon Jenny Macklin MP: This is a very important piece of legislation.
|Acting Deputy Speaker, Mr Steve Georganas MP, conducts a vote on the voices in the House of Representatives.||Acting Speaker: All those of that opinion say 'aye', to the contrary 'no'. The ayes have it.|
|The presenter stands in the Senate.||Presenter: If the bill is agreed to in one house, it is sent to the other house— in this case, the Senate— where a similar process is followed.|
|Footage of the Senate at work.
Temporary Chair of Committees, Senator Chris Back, receives a message from the House of Representatives forwarding a bill.
The minister moves that the bill be read a second time and the Senate votes.
|Acting President: Order. The President has received a message from the House of Representatives forwarding the Broadcasting Legislation Amendment Media Reform Bill 2016 for concurrence. Minister?
Senator Canavan: I move that the bill be now read a second time and I seek leave to have the second reading speech incorporated in Hansard.
Acting President: Question agreed to. Those in favour say 'aye', to the contrary 'no'. I believe the ayes have it. The ayes have it. Clerk.
|The Clerk stands and reads the title of the bill.||Clerk: A Bill for an Act to amend the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 and for other purposes.|
|Footage of the Senate at work.
Senator Nick Xenophon speaks on an amendment to a bill in the Senate.
Acting Deputy Speaker, Mr Ian Goodenough MP, conducts a vote on amendments in the House of Representatives.
|Presenter: Members and senators can suggest amendments to a bill, if they think it needs changing.
Senator Xenophon: Can I rise to speak on this amendment of my colleague Senator Griff, which is a very worthy amendment.
Acting Speaker: Order. The question is that the amendments be agreed to.
|The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Sue Lines, conducts a vote on amendments in the Senate.||Presenter: These amendments are also debated and voted on.
Deputy President: Those of that opinion say 'aye', those against say 'no'. I think the ayes have it.
|The presenter stands in the Senate.||Presenter: About half of all bills are investigated more closely through the work of parliamentary committees.|
|Footage of a committee meeting.
The chair of the committee, Senate Glenn Sterle, explains the terms of reference.
|Presenter: Either house of Parliament can send a bill to a committee for detailed examination.
Senator Sterle: The committee is hearing evidence on the committee's inquiry into the Water Amendment Bill 2008.
|Footage of committee reports being placed on a table.
Committee chairs present reports in the House of Representatives and the Senate.
|Presenter: A committee might suggest changes to a bill or make other recommendations.
Mr Andrew Laming MP: Mr Speaker, on behalf of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Employment, Education, and Training, I present this report of the committee.
Senator McKenzie: Here we have the Finance and Public Administration Reference Committee report.
Presenter: This process helps the Parliament make better informed decisions.
|The presenter stands in front of Government House in Canberra.||Presenter: The final stage of making a law is approval by the Governor-General, on behalf of the Queen.|
|Minutes for signature by the Governor-General.
The Governor-General signing a bill.
|Presenter: Before giving Royal Assent to a bill, the Governor-General must be satisfied that it has passed both houses of Parliament. After the bill is signed, it becomes a law—called an Act of Parliament.|
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