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.


22
October
2019

Largest ever e-petition presented to Parliament

A petition is a request by a group of citizens for Parliament to take action to solve a particular problem. The largest ever e-petition, with over 400 000 signatures, has been presented to the House of Representatives.

22
October
2019

Acknowledging veterans and their families

The Parliament has passed a bill to recognise and give thanks to military veterans and their families for their service to the nation.

21
October
2019

Votes for young people

The voting age would be lowered from 18 to 16 if a private member’s bill introduced in the House of Representatives passes the Parliament.

16
October
2019

Farewell Senator Sinodinos

Senator the Hon Arthur Sinodinos AO made a valedictory—farewell—statement before retiring from Parliament. He leaves to take up a post as Australia’s ambassador to the United States.

16
October
2019

Senator Henderson’s second first speech

Senator the Hon Sarah Henderson delivered her first speech to the Senate. Senator Henderson was previously the Member for Corangamite in the House of Representatives.