Parliamentary committees

Montage of Parliamentary committee work

Photographs supplied by DPS AUSPIC, DPS Parliamentary Audio Visual Services, the Department of the House of Representatives and the Department of the Senate.

Parliamentary committees take Parliament to the people

A closer look

Parliament can refer bills to committees

Does this affect you?

The committee advertises the inquiry to the community and contacts key people and organisations who may wish to make submissions

What are the facts?

The committee considers submissions and holds hearings to gather oral evidence from witnesses

What are the solutions?

The committee presents a report to the relevant chamber setting out its findings and recommendations

Better laws and decisions

Committee inquiries can lead to amendments to bills, further inquiries and changes to policy

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