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Welcome to Australia's House of Representatives

  • Link to 20th Anniversary of Parliament House web pageThe House of Representatives next will sit from 26 August to 4 September, 2008
    (Note: the House does not sit on Friday, 29 August)

For all sitting dates for 2008, see the Parliamentary Sitting Calendar.

Watch proceedings - live via webcast.

Australia's Parliament House is celebrating its 20th Anniversary

Visit the 20th Anniversary web page for more information about our special events

Apology to Australia's Indigenous Peoples

On Wednesday, 13 February 2008, an apology to Australia's Indigenous People was made.

The text of the speeches made by the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition are now available:


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About the House of Representatives Website

The House of Representatives is where Australia's Government is formed, and the House from which the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition are drawn. For more basic information about the House and its role in Australia's parliamentary system, including Infosheets, see the House Introduction page.

  • Information about the 150 Members of the House of Representatives, including contact details, can be accessed from the Members page.

  • Information detailing the daily scheduled business of the House can be accessed via the The House at Work page. This page also includes links to the Notice Paper and the sitting schedule.

  • Information about investigative House Committees and their inquiries can be found at the Committees page.

  • A large part of the role of the House of Representatives is to pass legislation or amend existing legislation. The Bills link will give you access to Bills (proposed laws) passing through Parliament, and related information.

  • A consolidated list of all publications issued by the House of Representatives is also available on the website. It includes the formal documents of the House, as well as informative and promotional documents.

  • News and upcoming work of the House and its Committees, can be found at the House News page. You can also watch Parliament live via webcast, or read transcripts of every word spoken in the House (and to its Committees) as recorded in House Hansard.

  • You can access information about the administration of the House, including employment opportunities and other corporate information. The Department of the House of Representatives provides administrative support for the conduct and operation of the House and its activities.