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.


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.

19
September
2019

First speeches

More first speeches were presented to Parliament. In this speech, members of parliament may talk about their background and the people they represent, and discuss issues—local, national or global—that they are concerned about.

19
September
2019

‘An Australian original’

The Parliament paid tribute to former Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Timothy Andrew Fischer AC.