Commonwealth government publications

Guide to the range of publications, both online and in print, from the Commonwealth Parliament and Government

About parliamentary practice

Information about parliamentary practice can be found in the publications House of Representatives practice and Australian Senate practice.

The first five editions of the publication Australian Senate practice were edited by James Odgers, Clerk of the Senate, so it is commonly known as 'Odgers'. It sets out practice and procedure in the Senate and provides historical background to current practices.

House of Representatives practice provides detailed information on procedures and practice in the Commonwealth House of Representatives. It includes extensive historical background material on the House of Representatives and related matters such as the rules and procedures for elections.

House of Representatives


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