Seating in the Chamber
How is seating arranged in the Chamber?
House of Representatives Chamber contains five rows of seating arranged
in a horseshoe
This seating arrangement is unique. In most of the world’s
parliamentary Chambers, rows of seats are arranged to face
each other across the room or are spread in a fan shape around
The Chamber can seat up to 170 Members with space
for 190 extra seats around the sides.
Where does everybody sit?
According to parliamentary tradition,
the Government sits to the right of the Speaker, and the Opposition
to the left.
Members sit at the top of the horseshoe, to the left.
Ministers and the shadow Ministry sit on the front benches
facing the centre Table. Private Members sit on the backbenches
and shadow Ministers.
A small table and two chairs
located in the centre of the Chamber are for the Hansard reporters
record of parliamentary debates. The Hansard table
was a gift from the Parliament of South Australia.