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.


19
September
2019

‘An Australian original’

The Parliament paid tribute to former Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Timothy Andrew Fischer AC.

19
September
2019

First speeches

More first speeches were presented to Parliament. In this speech, members of parliament may talk about their background and the people they represent, and discuss issues—local, national or global—that they are concerned about.

18
September
2019

Inspection of live animal exports

The Parliament has passed a bill to establish an Inspector-General of Live Animal Exports to oversee the Department of Agriculture’s role in regulating exports.

17
September
2019

Protecting children from abuse

The Parliament has passed a bill that will put into effect a number of recommendations from the Royal Commission into institutional responses to child abuse.

12
September
2019

Trespassing on agricultural land

Electronically publishing or distributing material that intentionally and recklessly encourages a person to trespass on agricultural land will be an offence, under a bill passed by the Parliament.

9
September
2019

National Integrity Commission bill passes the Senate

The Senate has passed a private senator’s bill to establish a national integrity commission to investigate alleged corruption at a federal—national—level.

7
August
2019

Counterterrorism bills pass Parliament

The Parliament has passed bills to allow law enforcement agencies to manage the way Australians who may have links to terrorist groups re-enter Australia, with the introduction of a temporary exclusion order (TEO) scheme to delay their return.

7
August
2019

Social security bill returns for debate

The Social Services Legislation Amendment (Ending the Poverty Trap) Bill 2018 has been restored to the Notice Paper for debate in the Senate. The bill was originally introduced in September 2018.

7
August
2019

Drought assistance approved by Parliament

Future funding for drought-resilience projects has been put in place, under bills passed by the Parliament.

7
August
2019

Examining national identity

The Senate has referred an inquiry relating to nationhood, national identity and democracy to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee for investigation.

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