Business beyond COVID-19

Parliament sat from 12-14 May, returning to its usual work, which had been delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

May 14, 2020

There were fewer members and senators than usual, with 118 of the 151 members of the House of Representatives and 65 of the 76 senators attending.

Parliament turned its attention to matters not related to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the government introducing 26 bills into the House of Representatives on a wide range of topics, including the Supreme Court of Norfolk Island, the transfer of Jabiru Township land to its traditional owners, and responses to the drought across Australia.

However, Parliament did still consider matters related to the ongoing pandemic, including a bill outlining the privacy measures of the government’s COVID-19 app. The Privacy Amendment (Public Health Contact Information) Bill 2020 passed both the House of Representatives and Senate with the support of the government, opposition, minor party and independent members of parliament.