A stronger parliament

A stronger parliament includes pieces on strengthening the role of the Senate, the role of the Speaker and President of the two chambers, parliamentary ethics or integrity commissioners and reform of question time.

Issue sheets - democracy

Strengthening the role of the Senate

Strengthening the role of the Senate is a discussion of the argument for strengthening the role of the Senate as an independent house of review and the means by which it might best be achieved…

Parliamentary Ethics Commissioners

Parliamentary Ethics Commissioners discusses the value of Ethics or Parliamentary Standards Commissioners and the way they have operated in countries such as the UK, US and Canada…

Reform of question time

Reform of question time examines the need for reform of question time to avoid its misuse and to make ministers more accountable …

The roles of the Speaker and the President

The roles of the Speaker and the President describes the roles of the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the Senate in the Commonwealth Parliament …


Related link

The table Democratic Reform Initiatives – current status briefly summarises areas of desirable democratic reform and the justifications for such reform and then lists the current status or proposed action or legislation related to the matter in the federal parliament …

Recent releases


Hear Our Voice book cover Hear Our Voice Ken Coghill & Paula Wright

New reports

Book cover Are we progressing: Comprehensive monitoring and reporting in Australia Andrew Macintosh & Deb Wilkinson

New Essays

HRFA-cover Human Rights For and Against Spencer Zifcak & Alison King

Aus-Economy The Australian Economy Ian McAuley

GPoverty-img Global poverty Michelle Sowey

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Democracy in Australia

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Fact and Issue Sheets

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School resources

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