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Puttin’ on the writs!

Published: 15 April 2019

The Prime Minister, the Hon Scott Morrison MP, has announced that an election will be held on 18 May 2019. The Official Secretary to the Governor-General formally read out a proclamation proroguing the Parliament and dissolving the House of Representatives on the morning of 11 April 2019 on the... Read news item

Government presents its Budget

Published: 15 April 2019

As part of its 2019-20 Budget, the Morrison Government will focus on strengthening the economy and creating more jobs, guaranteeing essential services and addressing the cost of living. The federal Budget is the government’s annual statement of how it plans to collect and spend money for the coming financial... Read news item

Opposition’s Budget reply

Published: 15 April 2019

Delivering his reply to the federal Budget, the Leader of the Opposition, the Hon Bill Shorten MP, told the House of Representatives that a Labor government would focus on health, education and a fairer tax system. Like the Treasurer’s Budget speech, the Budget reply provides an opportunity for the... Read news item

Violent videos on social media

Published: 15 April 2019

Social media platforms will be held responsible for violent videos hosted and shared on their sites, under a bill that has passed the Parliament. The Criminal Code Amendment (Sharing of Abhorrent Violent Material) Bill 2019 requires platforms to remove violent videos posted by offenders and their accomplices. In his... Read news item

Arrivals and departures

Published: 15 April 2019

In cases where a Senate vacancy is caused by the resignation of a senator, section 15 of the Australian Constitution directs that the new senator is appointed by the parliament in the state from which the original senator was chosen. Several new senators were sworn in to replace senators... Read news item