"Parliament will be prorogued on 15/4/16. Will any Bills before parliament on 15/4/16 lapse, and need to be reintroduced?"

Interesting question, David. The term of each Parliament may be divided into sessions. When a session of Parliament is formally closed (other than to call an election), it is said to be prorogued. The Governor-General, acting on the advice of the Prime Minister, prorogues Parliament.

When Parliament is prorogued, the Notice Paper, which lists all business that is before the House of Representatives and Senate, is cleared. Debate on some bills introduced in the previous session may be revived in the new session and Senate committees empowered to meet after a prorogation can continue their enquiries.

Detailed information on the prorogation of Parliament can be found in the House of Representatives Practice and Odgers’ Australian Senate Practice.

diagram to help explain Parliament will be prorogued on 15/4/16. Will any Bills before parliament on 15/4/16 lapse, and need to be reintroduced?