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Whilst the Parliament has a number of important roles, the power to make laws is unquestionably the most significant, in terms of the impact the institution has on the lives of the nation’s people.

Most federal government legislation is initiated in the House of Representatives, but some legislation also begins its passage through the Senate. All laws or amendments to existing laws are introduced into the parliament as bills.

All laws must be passed in identical form by both houses of parliament. The Governor-General must give assent to all legislation.


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Malcolm Farnsworth
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