Who allocates the seating positions of government members in the House of Representatives? On what basis?

Each senator and member of the House of Representatives is given their own seat in the Senate or House of Representatives. Members of the government sit to the right of the President of the Senate or Speaker of the House of Representatives, members of the opposition to the left and minor party and independents towards the centre.

The first row of seating is reserved for ministers and shadow ministers. Assistant ministers and shadow assistant ministers sit in the second row. Senators and members without special jobs sit in the remaining seats (the backbenches).

The government and opposition whips organise which seats members of their team are given. In the House, the opposition whip consults with minor party and independent to assign their seats.

The House of Representatives with a large table at which the Prime Minister and the Clerks sit. There are 5 rows of seats behind the Prime Minister, with the rear 4 rows also having desks in front of the seats.

The government side of the House of Representatives.

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The government side of the House of Representatives.

The House of Representatives with a large table at which the Prime Minister and the Clerks sit. There are 5 rows of seats behind the Prime Minister, with the rear 4 rows also having desks in front of the seats.

Penny Bradfield/DPS AUSPIC

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The Prime Minister and members of the government in the House of Representatives.