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Weekly Diary of a Member of the Legislative Council

Monday (Non-sitting day)
8.30 am Arrive at Parliament House.

Discuss days work with researcher (paid from allowance).
Make telephone calls.
Look at mail. Dictate letters and discuss week’s appointments with secretary.
Discussion with House of Assembly member regarding forthcoming meeting.
10.00 am Attend SA Council on Ageing Seminar in response to request for advice and help to formulate a policy on housing options for women.
12.30 pm Arrive back at Parliament House.
Return phone calls.
Appointment with a constituent.
1.15 pm Lunch.
2.00 pm Arrive at High School to give talk to Years 9/10 Social Studies class on “Women in Parliament”.
3.30 pm Arrive home to prepare for evening commitment.
6.00 pm Have brief dinner with family.
7.30 pm Address ALP sub-branch.
10.00 pm Arrive home.

Tuesday

(Parliamentary Sitting Day)
8.30 am Arrive at Parliament House Make telephone calls.

Look at mail. Dictate letters and discuss day’s appointments with secretary.
9.30 am Ministerial Caucus meeting.
10.30 am Caucus meeting.
12.00 pm Prepare questions for Question Time and 20 minute topic for debate.
1.15 pm Ministerial caucus over lunch.
1.45 pm Meeting with Legislative Council members.
2.15 pm Sitting commences. Undertake extra duties during the sitting as Government Whip.
6.00 pm Ministerial Caucus Committee meeting over dinner.
7.45 pm Parliament resumes sitting (no set finishing time, but this is usually no later than midnight).

Wednesday

(Parliamentary Sitting Day)
8.30 am Arrive at Parliament House

Make telephone calls. Look at mail. Dictate letters and discuss day’s appointments with secretary.
9.00 am Talk with constituent.
9.30 am Chair fortnightly Industries Development Committee meeting.
11.00 am Prepare questions and speech for afternoon sitting.
12.15 pm Lunchtime Ministerial caucus meeting.
2.15 pm Sitting commences.
Duties as Government Whip.
6.00 pm Dinner.
7.45 pm Parliament resumes sitting.

Thursday

(Parliamentary Sitting Day)
8.30 am Arrive at Parliament House

Make telephone calls
Look at mail. Dictate letters and discuss day’s appointments with secretary.
10.00 am Appointment with lobby group regarding environmental issue.
11.00 am Meeting with Ministerial adviser re legislation before Parliament sittings.
12.00 pm Prepare questions for Question Time and speech for debate.
1.00 pm Lunch
1.45 pm Meeting with Legislative Council members.
2.15 pm Parliamentary sitting commences. Duties as Government Whip.
6.00 pm Dinner.
7.45 pm Parliament resumes sitting.

Friday

(Non-sitting day)
8.30 am Arrive at Parliament House

Discuss details not dealt with during Parliamentary sitting with secretary.
Sign correspondence and deal with any incoming correspondence, which has accumulated during sitting time.
10.00 am Meeting with constituents regarding housing issues.
11.00 am Catch up on reading documents, bills, any work in connection with the chairing of the Industries Development Committee.
12.30 am Lunch.
2.00 pm Monthly afternoon meeting with Flinders University council.
6.00 pm Dinner at home with visiting Swedish businesswoman.

Saturday      
                      Morning Free
2.00 pm Represent Minister for the Arts at Opening.
4.00 pm Home – free time.

Sunday
8.00 am Review opening speech to be given later in the day.
Make telephone calls.
10.00 am Open new Horse-drawn Carriage Museum in the Barossa Valley representing the Premier.
2.00 pm Return home.

 

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