"What are the similarities and differences of the chambers and the two houses of parliament?"

Good question Gabby! The House of Representatives and the Senate are the two chambers of the federal Parliament. They work together to make laws for Australia, scrutinise the government to keep it accountable, and represent the people of Australia.

The House of Representatives is recognisable by its green seats and carpet. The 150 members of the House of Representatives represent electorates (an area of approximately 100 000 voters). The Australian government is formed in the House by the party, or coalition of parties, with the support of the majority of members.

The Senate is recognisable by its red seats and carpet. The 76 senators represent their state or territory.

To find out more about the House of Representatives and the Senate, check out these fact sheets. You can also find out more about members and senators here.

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