Introduction from the Acting Parliamentary Librarian
To new and returning Members
Welcome to the 50th Parliament and to this resource from your Library: “Current issues for the 50th Parliament”.
The papers here give concise briefings on a selected number of the many significant issues that may be of interest to Parliament over the next three years, ranging from population ageing to broadband; and from the constitutional review to climate change.
In your role as a member of Parliament you will often need to access impartial and accurate information. Parliamentary Library staff are here to meet this need for you. We have a wide range of expertise and can help you with quick facts, in-depth analysis and individual briefings. The Library keeps all your requests confidential and we work to your deadlines wherever possible.
We are looking forward to helping you.
I am very grateful to the many people on the Library staff who contributed to this publication. Mike Keane, Research Client Services Senior Librarian, provided much of the initial impetus and analysed overseas examples of similar publications. Our Research Services Analysts and Senior Librarians researched and wrote the papers. Others helped with fact-checking and proof-reading, and our Research Resources team ably managed the publication process.
This is the first time the Library has published such a resource. We would welcome your feedback.
Acting Parliamentary Librarian