How do you become a Senator?
To become a senator you need to get elected by the voters in your state or territory at a federal election.
Senate electorates are multi-member, meaning there is a group of senators elected to look after the interests of all the people of a state or territory. This is different to the House of Representatives, where only one member is elected for each electorate .
Some of the other requirements to be a senator include:
- being aged 18 years old or older
- being an Australian citizen and not a citizen of any other country
- being able to vote in House of Representatives elections
- not serving a prison sentence of 12 months or more.
What do Senators do in Parliament
Parliamentary Education Office (peo.gov.au)
This diagram illustrates what senators do in the Australian Parliament. Senators: debate and vote on bills (proposed laws); represent the views of people in their state/territory; work on parliamentary committees to examine important issues; attend parliamentary party meetings to decide on party policy; scrutinise—closely examine—the work of the government; and discuss issues of national and international importance.
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