Members of Parliament

Members of Parliament represent the interests of people in a constituency as their elected member to national, state or territory parliament.

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    Overview

    Members of Parliament represent the interests of people in a constituency as their elected member to national, state or territory parliament.

    Day-to-day

    • develops policy, and formulates, amends and repeals legislation and by-laws
    • helps constituents with a range of problems particularly with regard to matters concerning government and local agencies
    • investigates matters of concern to the public and to particular persons and groups
    • introduces proposals for government action and represents public and electoral interests
    • issues policy directions to government departments and exercises control over local government authorities
    • attends community functions and meetings of local groups to provide service to the community, gauge public opinion and provide information on government plans
    • may serve as a member on parliamentary committees and inquiries
    • may present petitions on behalf of concerned groups.

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