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Joined the Commonwealth: Australia joined the early Commonwealth in 1926, although legislation to enact this membership was passed in 1931 under the Statute of Westminster.
CPA Branch Formed: The Parliament of Australia was one of the six original founding Members of the now Commonwealth Parliamentary Association in 1911. The CPA Australia Federal Branch was established on 1 January 1912.
Unicameral/Bicameral: Bicameral - House of Representatives (151), Senate (76)
Parliament/Legislature Website: Parliament of Australia
Constitution: Click here
Number of Departmental/Ministry Oversight Committees: 20 Standing and 6 Select Committees
Number of Joint Committees (if bicameral): 17 Statutory/Standing and & 3 Select Committees
Names of House Management (such as Privileges or Procedure) Committees: Appropriations & Administration (House); Appropriations, Staffing & Security (Senate); Parliamentary Library (Joint); Petitions (House); Privileges (Senate); Privileges & Members' Interests (House); Procedure (House and Senate); Publications (House, Senate and Joint); Scrutiny of Bills (Senate), Scrutiny of Delegated Legislation (Senate); Selection (House); Selection of Bills (Senate); Senators' Interests (Senate).
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