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Australia

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Senate

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Law-making

Data on parliament’s law-making role and activities

Legislative activity

Number of laws adopted by parliament, per year
Not available
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Total number of laws adopted by Parliament in the previous legislature
402
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Number of laws adopted in the previous legislature that were initiated by parliament
1
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Number of laws adopted in the previous legislature that were initiated by the government
401
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Percentage of laws initiated by parliament in the previous legislature The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of the laws adopted that were initiated by parliament by the total number of laws adopted in the previous legislature.
0.25% See historical data for this field.
Dates of the previous legislature
30.08.2016 to 11.04.2019
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Executive-legislative relations

Number of times the Head of State declined to give assent to legislation, per year
Not available
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Consequences when the Head of State declines to give assent to legislation Consequences when the Head of State declines to give assent to legislation: Not applicable; No further action is taken. The legislation is rejected; The legislation is returned to Parliament for re-examination; The legislation is referred to the Constitutional/Supreme Court;The legislation is put to a referendum; Other (please specify)
No further action is taken. The legislation is rejected
The legislation is returned to Parliament for re-examination
Not applicable. The Head of State cannot decline to give assent to legislation adopted by parliament
No
Final decision when parliament and the Head of State do not agree Final decision when parliament and the Head of State do not agree: Not applicable; Parliament; Head of State; Constitutional/Supreme Court; Other (please specify)
Existence of a procedure to introduce emergency legislation
Not applicable. There is no procedure to introduce emergency legislation.
No