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Senate estimates

Published: 8 June 2017

Coral bleaching, broadband connections and the number of people calling Centrelink were among some of the issues covered by Senate committees during the 2017-18 Budget Estimates hearings. Often known as ‘ Senate estimates ’, or simply ‘estimates’, the hearings form an important part of Parliament’s work in scrutinising, or... Read news item

Reconciliation Week - Indigenous milestones remembered

Published: 8 June 2017

‘Milestones that helped our nation chart a course towards reconciliation and healing,’ is how the Prime Minister, the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, described the 1967 referendum, the Mabo High Court decision and the ‘Bringing them home’ report. The Prime Minister was speaking in the House of Representatives during Reconciliation Week,... Read news item

Linda Burney grants leave

Published: 8 June 2017

Under parliamentary rules, when a member of parliament wants to make a speech, such as the Prime Minister’s commemorating the 1967 referendum, they must seek leave, or permission, from the House of Representatives. Normally, the Manager of Opposition Business, the Hon Tony Burke MP, gives leave on behalf of the opposition.... Read news item

A celebration of Indigenous parliamentarians

Published: 8 June 2017

An exhibition celebrating the contribution of Indigenous members of parliament opened at Parliament House as part of Reconciliation Week. The exhibition, Prevailing Voices – Indigenous Parliamentarians , features portraits of current and former Indigenous parliamentarians, personal stories, footage of first speeches and other objects of significance. Among the works is... Read news item

Schools funding

Published: 8 June 2017

A bill setting out new funding arrangements for schools has passed the House of Representatives. Introducing the Australian Education Amendment Bill 2017, the Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, the Hon Karen Andrews MP, said it will ‘implement the Gonski-needs based approach.’ ‘We will move to a truly... Read news item