Who is allowed to enter the chambers?

Only a few people other than members of parliament are allowed into the Senate or House of Representatives.

Parliamentary officers such as the Clerks, the Serjeant-at-Arms, the Usher of the Black Rod, Hansard editors and attendants work in the Senate and House. Public servants and advisors sometimes sit in special seats at the end of the rows so they can give information to members of parliament. Important guests such as international dignitaries can also be invitedto attend a session of the Senate or House.

The red Senate chamber. There are people sitting in seats which are arranged in a U-shape around a large central table.

The Senate from behind the President of the Senate's chair

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The Senate from behind the President of the Senate's chair

The red Senate chamber. There are people sitting in seats which are arranged in a U-shape around a large central table.

David Foote/DPS Auspic

Description

This image is of a large room with red furnishings. The seats are arranged in a horse-shoe shape around a large central table. There are people sitting in the seats and papers on the desks.