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The House of Representatives Chamber Welcome to House News
Welcome to the News and Features page of Australia's House of Representatives.
Former Chair of the Treaties Committee, Andrew Thomson Joint Committees being re-established
The process of re-establishing five Joint Committees, and re-activating three others, has begun in the House of Representatives.
The Speaker's Chair and the Mace Government introduces 22 Bills
Twenty-two pieces of legislation have been introduced to the House of Representatives on Thursday 14 February.
The new Member for Ballarat, Catherine King New Members deliver first speeches
The 20 first-time Members of the House of Representatives elected in November have begun delivering their first speeches to Parliament.
The Speaker's Chair and the Mace Four Bills introduced
Four pieces of legislation have been introduced to the House of Representatives by Government Ministers on Wednesday 13 February.
Governor-General Peter Hollingworth Governor-General addresses Parliament
In the traditional opening to a new Parliament, the Governor-General has delivered a speech prepared by the Government outlining its agenda.
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Neil Andrew Neil Andrew re-elected as Speaker
The Member for Wakefield, the Hon. Neil Andrew MP, has been re-elected as Speaker of the House of Representatives.
The Speaker enters the House of Representatives Federal Parliament resumes
Federal Parliament resumed on Tuesday 12 February for the first time since last November's federal elections.
Prime Minister John Howard Sitting schedule for 2002 released
The pattern of Parliamentary sittings for 2002 has been released by the Government. Parliament will resume on Tuesday 12 February.
Leader of the Opposition, Simon Crean Opposition Shadow Ministry announced
On Sunday 25 November the Leader of the Opposition, Simon Crean, announced the new Federal Opposition Shadow Ministry.
Prime Minister John Howard New Federal Ministry announced
On Friday 23 November Prime Minister John Howard announced the new Federal Ministry, following his Government's re-election on 10 November.
Parliament House forecourt from above Liberal-National Coalition returned to Government
Federal elections were held in Australia on Saturday 10 November 2001. Polls were held to elect all 150 Members of the next (40th) House of Representatives, and 40 of Australia's 76 Senators.