"Why do we need the party whip?"

Thanks for your question, Nathan. The party whip is a member of parliament who is selected by their parliamentary party to take on the role of team manager. Each party has whips who work in the Senate or the House of Representatives.

The whip's role is so diverse and busy that the major parties have a chief whip and 2 deputy whips. The whips have several responsibilities, including:

Discover more about the role of party whips with this fact sheet.

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