"What support and guidance is given to new members of parliament to help them in their roles?"

Members of Parliament are elected from across Australia to represent the people in their electorates.

For around 20 weeks of the year, members and senators meet at Parliament House in Canberra to speak for their electorate and debate bills—proposed laws—for Australia.

To help them do their job, newly elected members of Parliament usually attend a two-day orientation program. During this time they are taken on a tour of the building and their offices, and given the opportunity to speak to experienced members of Parliament about their roles.

They also learn about the Standing Orders—the rules used to run meetings of the Senate and House of Representatives. The Standing Orders contain important information, including:

Often, lunchtime sessions are also held over the first few weeks to allow new members and senators to ask more detailed questions about their roles.

 

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