members of parliament

Report

4 Dec 2017

This report examines the conduct of the Federal Communications Minister, Mitch Fifield, and whether he conformed to the Principles of the Ministerial Code of Conduct, in relation to his knowledge of former Senator, Stephen Parry's dual-citizenship status.

Commentary

17 Nov 2017

It is time to accept that Section 44 of the Australian Constitution is irretrievably broken. In its current form, it is creating chaos that is consuming our politicians, argues Joe McIntyre.

Audio interview

14 Nov 2017

Senator Ryan was elected Senate President yesterday after quitting Cabinet.

Commentary

13 Nov 2017

The dual citizenship story is far from over — and perhaps it was Barnaby Joyce who hit the nail on the head.

Blog post

26 Sep 2017

The Australian Parliamentary Library has compiled some statistics on the voting records of the minor parties and Independent MPs in both Houses during the first year of the 45th Parliament.

Survey

Report

4 Sep 2017

The report outlines the results from a robust analysis of the data set on Twitter abuse against women MPs in the United Kingdom.

Commentary

30 Aug 2017

George Williams is Dean of Law at the University of New South Wales. This is the full text of his address to the National Press Club on 30 August 2017.

Commentary

Article

18 Aug 2017

The relevance of Section 44 of the Australian Constitution has again been questioned. Despite the Prime Minister’s constitutionally inappropriate foretelling of the outcome, the High Court’s decision is far from predictable.

Blog post

21 Jul 2017

Prior to the current term of Parliament, only five parliamentarians had ever lost their seats due to Constitutional eligibility reasons.

Survey

11 Jul 2017

Fifty-three federal parliamentarians agreed to the Fitzgerald Principles of good governance, 36 declined to participate and the remaining 137 did not reply.

Commentary

Article

16 Mar 2017

Recent commentary on the rules governing politicians’ declaration of financial interests has highlighted the ease with which they are circumvented and the laxity with which they are enforced.

Senator Cory Bernardi was recently caught up in a dispute over whether he had correctly disclosed...

Guide

20 Feb 2017

This quick guide contains the most recent tables showing the composition of Australian parliaments by party and gender. It takes into account changes to the Commonwealth Parliament and the parliaments of New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia since the last update was published on...

Commentary

Article

23 Jun 2016

Parakeelia. Sounds like an exotic and colourful member of the parrot species, but it's a bird of prey.

Its activities have not yet achieved the attention they deserve because, when one says "politicians' entitlements" and "political funding disclosure" in the same sentence, the national...

Commentary

Article

19 May 2016

Greens leader Richard Di Natale failed to declare his family farm in Victoria's Otway Ranges for fifteen months, breaching parliamentary rules and potentially placing him in ‘serious contempt’ of the Senate. Senator Di Natale also paid three au pairs to help with his family as...

Guide

15 Mar 2016

This Quick Guide provides direct links to key websites, information and documents relating to women in the Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia, as well as women in the State and Territory Parliaments.

Research report

22 Feb 2016

The Committee to consider an independent parliamentary entitlements system was established by the then Prime Minister, the Hon Tony Abbott MP, on 2 August 2015.

The review announcement noted the rules governing the system lacked clarity and transparency and acknowledged that some parliamentary travel...

Research report

24 Mar 2011

This report, completed in April 2010 and released on 24 March 2011, proposes a number of changes to improve the parliamentary entitlements framework.

The report concluded that the existing arrangements are an extraordinarily complex plethora of entitlements containing myriad ambiguities. The current framework comprises:...