"How long do parliament sittings go for?"

Hi Barbara! When senators and members of the House of Representatives meet in Parliament House, the sittings last for an average of 11 hours a day. Sometimes daily sittings go for much longer, with senators and members meeting long into the night!

Before the beginning of each year and after a federal election, a sitting calendar is distributed to let everyone know when Parliament will be sitting. There are on average 18 to 20 sitting weeks a year. Sittings are usually held Monday to Thursday in 1 or 2 week blocks.

Each parliament is the length of a House of Representatives term, which is 3 years or earlier if an election is called. 

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