Is the role of an MP or senator defined or set out in any legislation?

Thanks for your question. There is no legislation – law – that defines the role of a senator or member of the House of Representative. Their work is largely dependent on how they choose to serve their the people in their community. They do this by:

  • debating and voting on billsproposed laws
  • representing the views of people in their electorate
  • working on parliamentary committees that examine important issues
  • attending parliamentary party meetings to decide on party policy
  • scrutinising – closely examining – the work of the government
  • discussing issues of national and international importance.

The Australian Constitution contains the rules about how members of parliament are elected and the terms of their service but does not cover their role.

A man in a dark suit is standing at a desk in a red room. He is speaking. Other men and women also in suits sit at desks around him.

A senator speaking in the Senate.

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A senator speaking in the Senate.

A man in a dark suit is standing at a desk in a red room. He is speaking. Other men and women also in suits sit at desks around him.

Michael Masters/DPS Auspic

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A senator speaking in the Senate.