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.


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.

21
June
2021

Explainer: changing party leaders

The Nationals party elected the Hon Barnaby Joyce MP as their leader.

15
June
2021

Explainer: free votes

Usually political parties vote as a team in Parliament. But occasionally they don’t.

3
June
2021

Senate Estimates May - June 2021

Senate committees questioned government ministers and public servants on a range of topics over two weeks.