Your questions on notice
Hi! Could you please explain what a half-Senate election is and why this happens. Thanks for your time.
Luke - Toowoomba, QLD
How many votes or what majority does a bill actually need to pass from the House of Representatives to the Senate?
Liliana - Elwood, VIC
How does the Australian Constitution reflect the values of the Australian people?
Georgie - Caloundra, QLD
What is the purpose of the despatch box? How did the name come about? Thanks for your time!
Jessica - Brisbane, QLD
What are 5 areas where the federal parliament has legislative (law-making) powers?
Chris - Melton, VIC
What is the difference between a Prime Minister and a President? Why does Australia have a Prime Minister?
Lana - Adelaide, SA
If a referendum is held and the result is a tie, does the Governor-General have a casting vote?
Andrew - Somewhere
Why is Parliament referred to as the people's house and what does this mean?
Jessica - Wangaratta, VIC
When was the last time the Parliament (consisting of the Queen, a Senate, and a House of Representatives) had a session?
Graeme - Melbourne, VIC
Could I please find out what International Human Rights Treaties Australia is part of please?
Debbie - Wyoming, NSW
What are some restrictions and prohibitions regarding the constitution and protection of rights?
Parker - Alice Springs, NT
Why are the two chambers in Parliament House called the Senate and the House of Representatives?
RandomDolphin5 - Melbourne, VIC
Who created Australia's Coat of Arms after the unification of the states and why? What do the symbols represent?
Keirra - Adelaide, SA
Why is the Lord's Prayer read at the beginning of each day in the House of Representatives and Senate if Australia is a secular nation?
Brandon - somewhere out there ...
What would happen if the coalition of parties in government decided to break their coalition?
Lee - Alstonville, NSW
Can a state governor swear in the Deputy Prime Minister instead of the Governor-General?
Lee - Alstonville, NSW
If the Opposition won the majority in the Senate, would they sit on the right of the President?
Tom - Canberra, ACT
In practical terms, what were the responsibilities of past parliamentarians who were appointed as a 'Minister without Portfolio'?
Conrad - NSW
why is the preferential and proportional voting system used at Australian Elections?
Alex - Sydney, NSW
Do members of parliament get a copy of the bill before it is first read by the Clerk?
Aaron - Wagga Wagga, NSW
What happens if they incorrectly count the votes in the House of Representatives or in the Senate?
Alex - King Island, TAS
What happens if the votes are tied in the House of Representatives and in the Senate?
Jacqueline - Doncaster, VIC
Is it the duty of the Governor-General to dissolve Parliament where there is evidence of violations of the Constitution and/or International law?
James - Bondi, NSW
Are there any circumstances where a Governor-General would be able to vote on a bill before Parliament?
Tony - Adelaide, SA