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The role of the Senate

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Catalogue no: 0405

Source/Credit line: Parliamentary Education Office (www.peo.gov.au)

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This diagram illustrates the various roles of the Senate. Senators:

  • decide matters of national interest
  • represent the interests of people in their states or territories
  • propose, debate and vote on bills and amendments
  • examine issues in committees
  • scrutinise executive government.