How has COVID-19 impacted parliament?

Thanks for your question, Kohen.

The work of the Australian Parliament has been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of the things the Parliament has done to keep members of parliament and parliamentary staff safe include:

  • reducing the number of days Parliament has met
  • requiring some senators, members of the House of Representatives and their staff to self-quarantine before attending Parliament
  • rearranging the Senate and House of Representatives seating plans to ensure physical distancing
  • allowing members of parliament to participate in Senate and House meetings from their home or office over video conference.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives in the Speaker's chair. There is a carving of leaves in the wood behind him.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives.

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The Speaker of the House of Representatives.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives in the Speaker's chair. There is a carving of leaves in the wood behind him.

Penny Bradfield/DPS Auspic

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A man in a suit sits in a large green chair in front of a carved wooden screen. Three people in black robes and wearing face masks sit at a table below him. On the other side of a clear scressn there are books and boxes. A man in a suit stands at the table, resting his hand on one of the boxes.