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Senate estimates

Published: 6 June 2018

Severe weather events, NAPLAN testing and foreign aid were among some of the issues covered by Senate committees during Budget Estimates hearings. Often known as ‘ Senate estimates ’—or simply ‘estimates’—the hearings form an important part of Parliament’s work in scrutinising—closely examining—how government agencies are spending taxpayers’ money. ... Read news item

Super Saturday of by-elections

Published: 6 June 2018

The Speaker of the House of Representatives announced that by-elections in the electorates of Braddon, Fremantle, Longman, Mayo and Perth will be held on 28 July. The Australian Electoral Commission advised that this date would allow people to comply with requirements in order to nominate themselves as a candidate. Read news item

National Redress Scheme

Published: 6 June 2018

In response to recommendations from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse, the government has introduced a bill to establish a national redress scheme that will provide compensation and counselling to survivors of abuse. Through the scheme, survivors may also be able to receive a direct personal response... Read news item

Member’s first speech

Published: 6 June 2018

In her first speech to the House of Representatives, Ms Ged Kearney MP, the newly-elected Member for Batman, paid tribute to Australia’s first peoples, particularly the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation, saying, ‘The Aboriginal community has always been at the heart of Batman's identity.’ Ms Kearney spoke of her... Read news item

Live sheep export bill

Published: 6 June 2018

The export of live sheep by ship to Middle Eastern countries would be phased out over 5 years, under a private member’s bill introduced in the House of Representatives. The Live Sheep Long Haul Export Prohibition Bill 2018 was introduced by the Member for Farrer, the Hon Sussan Ley MP,... Read news item