What does the Prime Minister do at Parliament House?
Role of the Prime Minister in Australia.
Parliamentary Education Office (peo.gov.au)
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Hello Barney. Thank you for your question.
The Prime Minister works at Parliament House when the House of Representatives is sitting – meeting – which is usually about 20 weeks each year. In the House of Representatives, the Prime Minister:
- leads the government
- gives speeches about government policies and proposed laws
- answers many of the questions directed at the government during Question Time
- votes with their team on bills – proposed laws.
During sitting weeks, the Prime Minister sometimes meets with world leaders who are visiting the Parliament.
The Prime Minister also works at Parliament House during non-sitting weeks. In this time, they:
- meet with senior ministers and public servants to work on government plans and policies
- meet with state and territory premiers to discuss how to work together on challenges facing Australia
- speak to the media about what the government is doing.