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
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.

15
October
2019

My First Speech winners speak in Parliament

The 3 winners of the My First Speech competition presented their speeches in Parliament House.

14
October
2019

Age of criminal responsibility

The age at which a child can be held responsible for criminal acts could be raised from 10 to 14 if a private member’s bill which has been introduced into the House of Representatives passes the Parliament.