News from our Parliament

Keep up-to-date with the latest news from our Parliament. Read straightforward explanations of bills, committee inquiries, and events in the Senate and House of Representatives, and around Parliament House.


18
November
2019

In history November 2019

November in Australian parliamentary history.

12
November
2019

Relief for farmers

Changes will be made to the Farm Household Allowance (FHA) to offer further support to farmers, under a bill passed by the Parliament.

25
October
2019

Senate estimates October 2019

Press freedom, live animal exports and primary school enrolment were some of the issues covered during Senate estimates hearings.

22
October
2019

Acknowledging veterans and their families

The Parliament has passed a bill to recognise and give thanks to military veterans and their families for their service to the nation.

22
October
2019

Largest ever e-petition presented to Parliament

A petition is a request by a group of citizens for Parliament to take action to solve a particular problem. The largest ever e-petition, with over 400 000 signatures, has been presented to the House of Representatives.

21
October
2019

Votes for young people

The voting age would be lowered from 18 to 16 if a private member’s bill introduced in the House of Representatives passes the Parliament.

16
October
2019

Senator Henderson’s second first speech

Senator the Hon Sarah Henderson delivered her first speech to the Senate. Senator Henderson was previously the Member for Corangamite in the House of Representatives.

16
October
2019

Farewell Senator Sinodinos

Senator the Hon Arthur Sinodinos AO made a valedictory—farewell—statement before retiring from Parliament. He leaves to take up a post as Australia’s ambassador to the United States.

15
October
2019

My First Speech winners speak in Parliament

The 3 winners of the My First Speech competition presented their speeches in Parliament House.

14
October
2019

Age of criminal responsibility

The age at which a child can be held responsible for criminal acts could be raised from 10 to 14 if a private member’s bill which has been introduced into the House of Representatives passes the Parliament.