How often do people debate in the House of Representatives?

Thanks for your question, Miranda.

Members of the House of Representatives meet to represent the views of Australians and discuss matters of national and international importance.

On average, they gather for 67 days—spread across 20 sitting weeks—for a total of 627 hours per year.

Sittings are generally held Monday to Thursday in 1 or 2 week blocks with a regular meeting timetable.

Times are set aside each sitting day for debating bills—proposed laws. There are also time limits—ranging from 5 to 30 minutes—for speeches.

People in suits sit on green benches. One is standing and speaking.

The government side during Question Time in the House of Representatives.

Penny Bradfield/DPS Auspic

The government side during Question Time in the House of Representatives.

People in suits sit on green benches. One is standing and speaking.

Penny Bradfield/DPS Auspic

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This image shows the government side of the House of Representatives during Question Time.