- Daily Program
- (see also Order of Business)
The daily agenda showing items of business expected to be dealt with in the House of Representatives.
- A situation in which the House of Representatives and the Senate disagree over the words in a bill.
- A formal discussion on a bill or other topic in which different views are expressed.
- delegated legislation
- (see secondary legislation)
- deliberative vote
- (see also casting vote)
The ordinary vote of a member of parliament, as opposed to the casting (or deciding) vote.
- Despatch Boxes
- Two wooden chests on the central table of the House of Representatives, from which the Prime Minister, Leader of the Opposition, ministers and shadow ministers make their speeches.
- (see also double dissolution)
The act of closing the House of Representatives prior to calling a federal election.
- A formal recorded vote in which members of parliament move to either side of the chamber to show whether they are voting for or against a proposal.
- division bells
- Electronic bells that ring throughout Parliament House to call members of parliament to the chambers.
- Dorothy Dix question or Dorothy Dixer
- A pre-arranged question asked by a government backbencher to a minister in Question Time, which allows the minister to give a prepared reply.
- double dissolution
- (see also dissolution)
The dissolution of both the Senate and the House of Representatives, in order for a federal election to take place; this can occur to resolve a deadlock between the two houses.