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Weekly Diary of a Member of the House of Assembly

Monday
From 6.30 am Media monitoring, read papers, media interviews
9 am Arrive at Electorate Office
Make telephone calls
Sign correspondence
Read incoming mail
Dictate letters of reply
10 am Appointment with constituents in the Electorate Office
12.45 pm Local High School - lecture/discussion with Year 12 Politics students
3 pm Meeting at Parliament House with State President of a major community organisation
7.30 pm Local Primary School Council Meeting
8.30 pm Call in to local Neighbourhood Watch Meeting
9.30 pm Call in to Electorate Office to read messages and sign letters
9.30 pm Call in to Electorate Office to read messages and sign letters
Throughout every day – make phone calls, talk to Members of Parliament, constituents, journalists etc, listen to talk-back radio

Tuesday - Parliamentary sitting day
From 6.30 am Media monitoring, read papers, media interviews
8 am Breakfast meeting at major teaching hospital
9 am Arrive at parliament House
Make telephone calls
Media Interviews
Library Research
10.30 am Meeting with Parliamentary colleagues
11 am Examination of Bills to be debated in Parliament – undertake research and make speech notes
1 pm Lunch
2 pm House of Assembly sits:
“On call” at Parliament House for divisions, ie voting, debates, etc
4 pm Appointment with a constituent
6 pm Dinner
7.30 pm House of Assembly sitting resumes - there is no set finishing time; however, it is usually no later than midnight

Wednesday
From 6.30 am Media monitoring, read papers, media interviews
7.30 am Call in to Electorate Office to read correspondence and sign letters
8.30 am Arrive at parliament House
Make telephone calls
Media Interviews
Library Research
10 am Parliamentary Committee Meeting
1 pm Lunch
2 pm House of Assembly Sits
“On call” at Parliament House for divisions, ie voting, debates, etc
4 pm Appointment with a constituent wishing to discuss an issue
6 pm Dinner and Meeting with visiting dignitary
7.30 pm House of Assembly resumes and continues through the evening.

Thursday - Parliamentary sitting day
From 6.30 am Media monitoring, read papers, media interviews
7:30 am Call in to Electorate Office to read correspondence and sign letters
8.30 am Arrive at parliament House
Make telephone calls
Media Interviews
Library Research
10.30 am House of Assembly Sits
“On call” at Parliament House for divisions, ie voting, debates, etc
12.30 pm Meet students from a local primary school and take them on a tour of Parliament House
2 pm House of Assembly sitting resumes – usually until around 6 pm
7.30 pm Attend Citizenship Ceremony at local Council Chambers
9 pm Call in to local High School Council Meeting
9.30 pm Call in to Electorate Office to read message and sign letters

Friday
7.45 am Breakfast meeting with Local Government representatives and other local Members of Parliament
10.00 am Parliamentary Committee Meeting
12.30 am Radio talkback session
1.30 pm Radio talkback session
3 pm Appointments with constituents at Electorate Office
7.30pm Attend function at local Scout Group

Saturday
Afternoon Official opening of exhibition or project
Evening Electorate function (from time to time)

Sunday
Late Morning Attend local school fair
Afternoon Reading reports and correspondence; telephone calls
Preparation for Parliament
Evening Talk with other Members of Parliament by phone – sometimes in person

 

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