"Can a senator be treasurer?"

Hi there Peter! While there are no rules as to why a senator can’t be the Treasurer, there are a couple of reasons why this would not be practical.

Section 53 of the Australian Constitution states that bills (proposed laws) that impose a tax or commit to spend money cannot be introduced in the Senate. This means that if the Treasurer were a senator, they would not be able to introduce the bills they are responsible for, including the Budget bills (the annual statement of how the government plans to collect and spend money). These bills must be introduced in the House of Representatives. Another minister would need to give the nationally televised Budget speech and introduce other major government legislation.

Senators can take on other ministerial positions and there are usually several members of Cabinet who are senators. In fact, the current Minister for Finance is a senator.

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