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The backbench

Image of The backbench

Catalogue no: 0103

Source/Credit line: Parliamentary Education Office (


This diagram is about the backbench.

The backbench is the members of parliament who sit behind the frontbench in both chambers.


  • work in their electorate or their state or territory
  • debate and vote on bills
  • take part in parliamentary committees
  • support their party.