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Parliamentary debates to be aired live

In an effort to increase the public’s understanding of parliamentary debates,

the clause-by-clause examination of Bill in the Lower House will now be broadcast live by state media.

The announcement was made this week by Speaker of the House of Representatives, Sir Gerald Watt QC who felt the move would provide an honest insight into how MPs craft and recraft legislation.

He indicated that the broadcast of the Committee Stages was a common practice in several other jurisdictions.

Previously ABS had only aired the debates which MPs gave on their feet.


Former Speaker of the House of Representatives, D Gisele Isaac sees the benefit of airing the committee stages and says there is no reason why it should not be televised.

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