Are there currently any backbench committees? What is their role?

A backbencher is a member of Parliament who is not a minister or a shadow minister. Backbenchers have important roles drawing attention to issues in their electorate or state/territory by speaking about them in the Australian Parliament, and debating and voting on bills – proposed laws.

If a backbencher is a member of the government or opposition, they may also be a member of a backbench committee. These committees are not official parliamentary committees but informal groups of backbenchers from the same team. Backbench committees undertake a range of jobs, such as investigating a bill or researching a topic to provide information to their team members.

A man with a beard, wearing a suit and tie stands at a desk with his hands wide. Other men in suits sit listening at thier desks. The chairs and carpet are green.

A member speaking in the House of Representatives 2.

Graham Tidy/DPS Auspic

A member speaking in the House of Representatives 2.

A man with a beard, wearing a suit and tie stands at a desk with his hands wide. Other men in suits sit listening at thier desks. The chairs and carpet are green.

Graham Tidy/DPS Auspic

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A member of the House of Represenatatives makes a point while giving a speech in the House.