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Australia

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House of Representatives

This is a bicameral parliament. Switch to theSenate

About parliament

Basic information such as the official name of parliament and details of its structure and leadership. Also includes the current breakdown of MPs by sex and age, and provisions for quotas and reserved seats.

Parliament name
Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia
Chamber name
House of Representatives
Structure & Status of parliament This field is to indicate lower/upper in the back end.
Lower chamber
Parliamentary term (years)
3

IPU membership

Affiliation periods
from 1913 to 1930
from 1956
IPU Geopolitical Group/s IPU Geopolitical Groups: African Group, Arab Group, Asia-Pacific Group, Eurasia Group, Group of Latin America and the Caribbean (GRULAC), Twelve Plus Group.
Asia-Pacific Group
Twelve Plus Group

Speaker

Official title The Speaker may for example be known as the Presiding Officer, President, Chairman/Chairperson, etc.
Speaker of the House of Representatives
Speaker
Tony Smith (Male)
Year of birth
1967
Term
10.08.2015
Additional information
Elected on 10 Aug. 2015, re-elected on 30 Aug. 2016 and on 2 July 2019.
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Secretary General

Official title This post is most commonly called Secretary General or Clerk. It may also be called Secretary, Head/Chief of the Secretariat, Director General, etc.
Clerk
Secretary General
Claressa Surtees (Female)
Notes Additional information about the Secretary General, in particular regarding their term.
Sworn in on 12 Aug. 2019.

Members

Statutory number of members Statutory number of members, as defined in the constitution or other fundamental law.
151
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Principal mode of designation of members
Directly elected members Directly elected by citizens.
151
Current number of members Number of members who currently hold seats in parliament. May be lower or higher than the statutory number of members.
151
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Men The number of male parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
105
Women The number of female parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
46
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Percentage of women Calculated by dividing the current number of women by the current number of members.
30.46% See historical data for this field.
Statutory number of members per country As defined in the constitution or other fundamental laws. Combines the number of parliamentarians in both chambers in bicameral parliaments.
227 See historical data for this field.
Population (in thousands) Source: United Nations, World Population Prospects.
23,800
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Inhabitants per parliamentarian Calculated by dividing the population by the statutory number of parliamentarians.
104,846 See historical data for this field.

Age

Data on the age of parliamentarians is collected at start of the legislature, following the most recent elections. This data is not updated during the legislature.

 

Average age of all members
Not available
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Oldest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
74
Oldest member
Bob Katter (Male)
Number of members, by age
Breakdown of members by age and gender
18 - 20 21 - 30 31 - 40 41 - 45 46 - 50 51 - 60 61 - 70 71 - 80 81 - 90 91 and over Totals per gender
Totals per age interval 0 1 29 37 44 83 28 4 0 0
Total <= 45: 67 Total >= 46: 159
Male 0 1 20 27 32 55 19 3 0 0 157
Female 0 0 9 10 12 28 9 1 0 0 69
Percentage of members, by age
Age as last election or renewalOverallMaleFemale
Percentage of MPs 30 years of age or younger0.44%0.44%0%
Percentage of MPs 40 years of age or younger13.27%9.29%3.98%
Percentage of MPs 45 years of age or younger29.65%21.24%8.41%
Members for whom data is available
226 See historical data for this field.

Reserved seats and quotas

There are reserved seats in parliament for certain groups Reserved seats are a means to ensure the parliamentary representation of certain groups in society.
Electoral quota for women Quotas to promote the representation of women in parliament.
Notes
Voluntary political party quotas.
Electoral quota for youth Quotas to promote the representation of youth in parliament.