"How many sitting days were there in 2019? Was it the lowest on record?"

In 2019 the Australian Parliament met for the following number of days:

House of Representatives   45

Senate   40

This was a lower number of sitting days than 2018 (65 for the House and 58 for the Senate) but was not the lowest number on record.

The lowest number of sitting days in a year was in 1937. In that year the House only met for 29 days and the Senate for 27 days. 1916, 1925 and 1934 also had low numbers of sitting days.

On average, years in which a federal election is held have a lower number of sitting days than non-election years. Federal elections were held in both 2019 and 1937.

You can find a historical overview of sitting days on the Australian Parliament House website.

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