The Parliamentary Library has prepared a volume providing snapshots of issues expected to figure during the Parliament's first months. The articles give a high level perspective of key public policy issues, including relevant background, context and legislative history as well as outlining some of the policy and legislative directions raised in the public debate.
The Briefing Book is organised in broad themes, covering the gamut of public policy issues, from schools funding to foreign affairs. Many of the articles reflect issues that were prominent during the election campaign or in the legislative agenda flagged by the Government. Others are chosen on the basis of milestones occurring during the early part of the parliament. Lastly, we have picked some longer term trends that may be of interest to Senators and Members.