News from our Parliament

Keep up-to-date with the latest news from our Parliament. Read straightforward explanations of bills, committee inquiries, and events in the Senate and House of Representatives, and around Parliament House.


26
August
2021

Explainer: Suspending members

A member of the House of Representatives was sent out of the House during Question Time and then ‘named’, but what does that mean?

25
August
2021

Senator Siewert’s valedictory

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert made her valedictory speech in the Senate having announced her retirement from Parliament.

23
August
2021

Private senator’s bill against forced labour passes the Senate

The importation of goods produced by forced labour would be banned if a private senator’s bill which passed the Senate also passes the House of Representatives.

21
July
2021

Explainer: President and Speaker to step down

Both the President of the Senate, Senator the Hon Scott Ryan, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Hon Tony Smith MP, will leave Parliament after the next federal election.

22
June
2021

A plan for Australia's nuclear waste

The Parliament agreed to a bill which would allow a facility for dealing with low-level radioactive material to be built.