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The House of Representatives and the Senate will next meet on 8 to 10 May 2012. The Federal Budget will be presented at 7.30 pm on Tuesday, 8 May 2012. Budget papers available here.
The House of Representatives , known as the people's house, is where government is formed. It has 150 members, and the party or parties able to gain the support of the majority of the House form government. The House's other roles are to debate proposed laws, watch over government expenditure, including through its committee system, and to provide a forum for public debate on issues of national importance.
Both the Senate and the House of Representatives have extensive committee systems, and also work together on a number of joint committees. To find out more about the work of committees:
The Parliamentary Library is part of the Department of Parliamentary Services and provides services to senators, members, their staff and the staff of committees.
The first library services were delivered to federal parliament in 1901 and continue to provide significant support to parliament and the democratic process.
Educational resources are available for you to learn more about Parliament.
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