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Navigate Senate Committees

Committee timeline

From 1901

Committees were embedded in the Constitution and the First Parliament of 1901. Yet the development of a comprehensive system of Senate committees to inquire in detail and hold the government to account took another 69 years. Browse the events and inquiries that shaped the Senate and the nation.

Milestones

Significant committee inquiries including the contentious, the consequential and the simply curious.

Events

Structural changes and important events in the history of the Senate committee system.

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  • 1900
  • 1901
  • 1902
  • 1903
  • 1904
  • 1905
  • 1906-1917
  • 1918
  • 1919
  • 1920-1928
  • 1929
  • 1930
  • 1931
  • 1932
  • 1933
  • 1934-1954
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  • 2020
  • 2021

Total number of committees by type

Hover over the red profile to discover the number of committees each year