What are the main jobs of people in parliament and who is doing them now?
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The Australian Parliament is a very busy and exciting place to work. When the Parliament is sitting – meeting – about 4000 people work in Parliament House every day, including:
- members of parliament and their staff.
- parliamentary officers, such as the Clerks, the Serjeant-at-Arms and the Usher of the Black Rod.
- public servants, such as advisers and researchers.
- the press gallery – media – who report about the Parliament to Australians.
- employees who provide services such as broadcasting, IT, cleaning and catering.
The Senate press gallery.
A number of people with cameras and notebooks sit in pink tiered seating above a carved wooden Commonwealth coat of arms and 2 Australian flags.
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