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.


1
July
2020

In history July 2020

July in Australian parliamentary history.

11
June
2020

Committee to investigate destruction of Aboriginal site

Parliamentary committees investigate not only bills before the Parliament but also issues, events and actions that affect the Australian environment and Australian cultural heritage.

11
June
2020

Explainer: Representation in the Northern Territory

The Northern Territory would be guaranteed a minimum of 2 seats in the House of Representatives if a bill introduced into the Senate becomes law.

10
June
2020

Explainer: Crossing the floor

What is crossing the floor and why would a senator or member want to do it?

9
June
2020

National Cabinet here to stay

The National Cabinet—which was created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic—is to become a permanent forum for federal, state and territory governments to meet and make decisions for the whole country.