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Senate

This is a bicameral parliament. Switch to theHouse of Representatives

Openness and transparency

Information about access to parliamentary documents, parliament’s reporting to the public, parliament’s relation to Freedom of Information laws, and lobbying.

Parliamentary documents

The agendas of plenary meetings are published online in advance The agendas of plenary meetings are published online in advance.
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The agendas of committee meetings are published online in advance The agendas of committee meetings are published online in advance.
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Results of votes on draft legislation are published on the parliamentary web site Results of votes on draft legislation are published on the parliamentary web site.
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Draft legislation is published on the parliamentary website Draft legislation is published on the parliamentary website.
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Citizens can submit comments on draft legislation on the parliamentary web site
No

Annual reporting by parliament

Parliament publishes an annual report on its activities
Yes
The annual report is available on the parliamentary web site
Yes
Parliament publishes the parliamentary budget
Yes
Level of detail of the parliamentary budget made available to the public Level of detail of the parliamentary budget made available to the public: Only the total amount; A summary of the main elements; The complete budget
The complete budget
The parliamentary budget is available on the parliamentary web site
Yes

Access to parliament

Plenary meetings are open to the public
Yes
Notes
No restrictions other than a security/safety check.
Committee meetings are open to the public
Yes
Notes
Senate committee meetings are open to the public in principle, but this is only possible for meetings in the plenary hall. The regular committee meeting rooms are too small to accommodate visitors.
There is a dedicated channel for broadcasting parliamentary meetings A dedicated channel is one that is mainly about parliament, and is accessible free of charge to the general public. The channel might be owned by Parliament or a public or private company. Dedicated channels may be broadcast by parliament, government, or another broadcaster. They may be carried on television, radio or the Internet (webcasting).
No

Freedom of information

There is a freedom of information law in the country
Yes
Parliament is subject to the freedom of information law
No
Parliament has an office/division dedicated to FOI requests
No

Lobbying

There are rules about the activities of lobbyists in parliament
Yes
Source
Decision of the Presidium of the House.
There is a register of accredited lobbyists
Yes
The register of accredited lobbyists is available on the parliamentary web site
Yes