This research paper asks whether there is an established ‘way in’ to Parliament, whether MPs overwhelmingly come from the same demographic backgrounds, schools, and career paths, and whether this might have implications for policy.
This quick guide contains the most recent tables showing the composition of Australian parliaments by party and gender (see Table 1 and Table 2 below). It takes into account changes to the Commonwealth, New South Wales, Victorian and South Australian parliaments since the last update...
This chronology of events has been compiled from published sources and includes images and links to audiovisual and documentary records. Appendix 1 presents a list of key legislation passed by the Commonwealth Parliament in 2017.
This report addresses the remainder of the issues from the 2016 election. It looks at the effects of the double dissolution election and the Senate voting reforms. With the voting reform measures proving successful, the report considers the need for improvements to the count methodology...
The committee focussed its efforts on the central proposal for constitutional change made in the Statement from the Heart - the proposal for a First Nations Voice. The committee has also been mindful of the need to ensure that its recommendations are legitimate and acceptable...
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, New South Wales, Victorian and Western Australian parliaments since the last update was published on 18 May 2018.
Senators and members receive an annual allowance by way of basic salary—$207,100 from 1 July 2018. This research paper explains the legislative basis, fixing and linking mechanisms for the allowance.
This quick guide provides a brief overview of the legislative and administrative changes to parliamentary business resources (as they are now known) and updates Parliamentary Library information showing the total remuneration of Members of Parliament, ministers and parliamentary office holders.
This submission has been prepared by the Rationalist Society of Australia, to the Senate Inquiry into Parliamentary Prayers in Parliament.
A bi-partisan parliamentary committee looking into constitutional recognition for Indigenous Australians has released its interim report but has failed to recommend any clear way forward for the issue to be resolved.
The report centres on the proposal for a First Nations Voice, which arose from the Uluru Statement from the Heart. The report considers evidence in relation to the constitutionality, structure, function and establishment of the 'Voice,' and examines past and existing advisory bodies and new...
This research paper contains a summary of the federal elections (House of Representatives and Senate) held from 1901 to the latest in 2016 and updates the Senate tables affected by the special counts of Senate votes in New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia and Tasmania...
This report uses the information that Members and Senators disclose on the Federal Registers of Interests to analyse the top funders of our federal parliamentarians’ overseas travel.