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House of Representatives news bulletin launched today

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House of Representatives news bulletin launched today • New bulletin opens the doors to the House for all Australians • News on key legislation before the House • Details and analysis of committee investigations

A news bulletin on the House of Representatives was launched today by the Speaker of the House, the Hon Neil Andrew MP. “With this bulletin, the House opens its doors to all Australians”, said the Speaker. “Its news and information will enable readers to tap into the legislation that is being

considered by the House and the issues being investigated by committees”.

The Speaker added, “Through this bulletin, Australians will find out how they can contribute to the work of the House, particularly through its committees”.

“Not only will Australians know what issues are being looked at by House committees, but they will also find out how they can have a say on those issues”.

The first edition features news on the business tax bills coming before the House, a preview of the Reserve Bank hearing being conducted on 29 November by the House Economics Committee, and information about public forums on the House Legal Committee’s controversial inquiry into human cloning. It also includes news on investigations that are being conducted into fatigue in transport, radio racing coverage, Indigenous health and the Tax File Numbers system.

The About the House bulletin will be distributed through Members’ electorate offices, will be available at major libraries and can be obtained from the Liaison and Projects Office (see details below). To ensure wide community access, it will be made available on the Internet at

The bulletin is a further initiative aimed at generating greater community understanding of and interaction with the work of the House and its committees. It comes just two weeks after the launch of a free community guide to the House (Your Key to the House) that has been in growing demand since its release. It will be followed later in the year by the appointment of a media specialist to work with the media on the important stories that surround the work of committees

The bulletin also responds to this week’s cal! by Federal MPs to make the House more accessible to the community and to provide the community with better information about the work of the House. The calls were made by the Procedure Committee in its report It'syour House, tabled in Parliament on Monday, 22 November.

25 November 1999

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