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.


7
August
2019

Examining national identity

The Senate has referred an inquiry relating to nationhood, national identity and democracy to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee for investigation.

7
August
2019

Drought assistance approved by Parliament

Future funding for drought-resilience projects has been put in place, under bills passed by the Parliament.

7
August
2019

Social security bill returns for debate

The Social Services Legislation Amendment (Ending the Poverty Trap) Bill 2018 has been restored to the Notice Paper for debate in the Senate. The bill was originally introduced in September 2018.

7
August
2019

Counterterrorism bills pass Parliament

The Parliament has passed bills to allow law enforcement agencies to manage the way Australians who may have links to terrorist groups re-enter Australia, with the introduction of a temporary exclusion order (TEO) scheme to delay their return.

9
July
2019

Usher of the Black Rod’s step count

The Usher of the Black Rod—a Senate parliamentary officer—has several busy roles in the official opening ceremonies for the 46th Parliament.